This morning, the women of Cylance Pro Cycling previewed large sections of the Ronde van Vlaanderen course, covering the famed Eikenberg, Haaghoek, Wolvenberg,and Kanarieberg hill and pavé sectors. Known as the Tour of Flanders, the Ronde is the fifth round of the UCI Women's World Tour circuit taking place on April 2 in Belgium. Cyance Pro Cycling will bring a focused and prepared team to race this iconic classic.
This year's edition will take the women on a 153.3 kilometer lap which starts and finishes in Oudenaarde. On today’s recon ride the team focused on the pavé and hill sectors, including the potentially decisive Kanarieberg Hill which averages 7.7% for 1000m with a max elevation of 14%.
Rossella Ratto (ITA) had a strong race at Ronde van Vlaanderen last year is excited to return to the race in 2017. “I am personally looking forward to it, and hoping to get the same good day as last year’s race” says Rossella. “The race course changed a lot, with more technical sections following the muurs, and then the epic Kapelmuur. I think we have a really focused lion Sheyla, a strong Jasi, and a super professional Dani who has studied every kilometer of the course. Then we have Marta, ready to protect us as we were her daughters!”
After riding the course, Malgorzata Jasinkska (POL) says “it will be a long and hard race, but our asset is that we met the road well. I think the real race will start on the Kapelmuur. The last 3 muurs are very heavy, but we have a rugged and strong team.”
Joining Rossella and Jasi, will be Sheyla Guittieriez (ESP), Dani King (GBR), Marta Tagliaferro (ITA) and Joelle Numainville (CAN). The team is ready to race strong and calculated on Sunday.
If you aren’t lucky enough to join the fans in Belgium for this year’s edition, you’ll be able to watch the action from the 2017 edition of the Ronde Van Vlaanderen anywhere in the world! Thanks to Proximus and Flanders Classics, this year’s podium presentation as well as the final hour and thirty minutes of the race will be streamed live. Details below:
Podium presentation – Antwerp
The traditional podium presentation, where the riders sign the start sheet and all the teams are being presented to the crowd on the Market place, will be livestreamed for the whole world via www.facebook.com/Proximusbe (Dutch and French commentary)
Tour of Flanders for Women’s Elite
As from 13.30h CET [5:30am PST] the Tour of Flanders for Women’s Elite will be streamed as well for all people outside of Belgium. You can follow it live with English commentary via the official Facebook page of Flanders Classics (https://www.facebook.com/FlandersClassicsofficial/) and the Flanders Classics-website: http://www.flandersclassics.be/en