Saturday we lined up for the second race of the Women’s Worldtour (WWT). The riders were met by good weather, the wind was present but not strong, the roads were Dutch, the VAM-berg and cobbles great fun, but tough! With such a strong peloton it would be all about positioning for the crucial moments. We hoped to get
someone in a breakaway before the long cobles. Janicke tested the Les videre
Team Hitec Products raced the first race in the UCI Women’s World Tour race, Strade Bianche in Sienna, Tuscany. The race offered a tough course and challenging weather for the 121km route through Toscana including 23km of white gravel roads and over 1800m of elevation with open terrain. Les videre
While most of the team’s riders are training in the winter cold in Europe, Julie Leth is in Australia where she’s been competing in the four day criterium series Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic. Julie has been showing good form in her first competitions since her injury early 2015 season. Racing on a composite team put together for the race Julie has been finishing top ten all week. On the last stage she finished to a great 2nd place behind Lizzie Williams after making it into the decisive move of the day. A good preparation for Julie ahead of the Tour Down Under 16-19 January.
A nice new race, but for our part marred by illness and crashes. Julie was in the youth jersey on her way to a good top 10 placement when she crashed in the final kilometers of the last stage. Emma Johansson won overall.
Team: Lauren, Julie, Siri, Chloe
As in 2013 Julie Leth took the victory, but Emilie Moberg replaced Gunn Rita Dahle as second place on the podium. The MTB queen had a timely flu… Cecilie 5t, Tone 6th, Lauren 7 and Siri 11 says it all.
Team: Julie Leth, Tone Hatteland Lima, Siri Minge, Cecillie Gotaas Johnsen, Emilie Moberg, Lauren Kitchen
Elisa and Ashleigh had decent GC placements in Luxembourg but it was Julie Leths first UCI podium, just beaten by worlds number 1 and 2 Marianne Vos and Emma Johansson on stage 3, that gave the biggest celebrations for the team. The stage race was won by Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Women)
team: Elisa, Ashleigh, Julie, Sara, Audrey, Thea