Although it were only two days of racing, the Tour of Yorkshire was a hard race last Friday and Saturday. However, the riders of Team Hitec Products – Birk Sport did show themselves. Ingrid Lorvik was involved in a long breakaway at the first stage, while Vita Heina proved to be strong in the second stage. She became 11th in both the stage as the general classification. Now two other stage races are coming up; the Tour of Uppsala and the Tour of Chongming Island.
Only 19 years old since the 15th of March, Amalie Lutro was the youngest rider of Team Hitec Products – Birk Sport at the beginning of the season. After Thale Kielland Bjerk joined the team a few weeks ago, she is no longer the youngest. However, Amalie is still one of the four first year elite riders in the team. And she already showed herself in a good way. It is about time to talk to Amalie, who is racing the Omloop van Borsele next Saturday.
Until 2016, Marta Tagliaferro only rode for Italian teams. After two years at Cylance Pro Cycling, she joined Team Hitec Products – Birk Sport this season. With that, the team added a rider with a lot of experience, who also has a very strong sprint. “I am sure we will surprise a lot of people this year”, says the 29-years old Italian rider.
After five days of racing, the Healthy Ageing Tour came to an end on Sunday. A sixth place for Lucy Garner in the second stage and a fifth place for Lonneke Uneken a day later, were the best results for the team. But it is not only the results that count. “The whole week we were riding very well as a team”, Lonneke concluded. She was racing her home race in the north of Holland.
After a bunch of classic races, it is now time for a stage race. In the north of Holland the Healthy Ageing Tour starts this Wednesday. It will be five days of hard racing, with the wind probably as an important factor. For Lonneke Uneken it’s her home race. Last year she won two stages in the junior women’s edition of the race. “I have been looking forward to this week.”
Behind the Italian winner Marta Bastianelli, Vita Heine finished 18th in the Tour of Flanders. The Norwegian champion of Team Hitec Products – Birk Sport rode a good race and showed herself in front. Earlier in the race, Chanella Stougje was involved in a seven riders strong lead group that got a maximum advantage of 3.40 minutes on the peloton.