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For the 3d time we made Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria our loocation for training camp. Here we can find all possible courses, from flat and windy to hilly, always in a comfortable temperature of about 20 degrees. The whole team except Kirsten and Lauren was gathered, for 10 nice days. The traditional hill time trials and flat individual time trial tests showed that the girls are in rout and have made progress.
On the rest day we found time for photo shoot with the new Doltcini race clothes and the Scott leisure clothes.
The 2015 Team Hitec Products was on a nice mountain hike outside of Stavanger today! See photo.
The stage race was a difficult affair for the small team. After the 3 first races week 1, everybody got sick, and barely made it to the start. Miriam never recovered and only started 2 stages. We came a little short in the brutal final climbs that almost all stages finished with. On the last day Tone and Siri pulled a nice sprint for Cecilie to finish in a 6th place.
Team: Cecilie, Miriam, Siri, Tone
Saturday kicked off the spring classics in Europe, and it was just as hectic and chaotic as expected. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio was out best with an 8th place, after a sprint for 4th place with 22 riders. Only 6 seconds ahead was a small breakaway where Amy Pieters (Giant-Shimano) was the strongest in a 3-girl sprint. It was a day where we had some bad luck at strategic moments, Chloe Hosking had a small crash on top of the Cote-de-Trieux which cost her too many places, and Elisa Longo Borghini had a crash going into Patersberg, which disturbed her rythm.
The start of the race was going well for us, and Thea Thorsen and Sara Olsson guarded Elisa until the entrance of the first major climb. A small crash for Ashleigh didnt destroy anything at this early stage. Elisa handed over the captain role to her after her crash, as she was apparently in a good shape. She almost bridged to the leaders (Majerus/Johansson/Pieters/Armitstead) together with Van Vleuten (Rabo), but they were caught up by a chase group. This chase group never cooperated well, and failed to catch the 3 leaders (Majerus dropped back to this group). Audrey Cordon did some chasing with Lotto and Futurumshop, but Audrey had to use most of her energy on closing down attacks on the chase group. So as a result the leaders stayed away. In the final sprint Audrey lead out and Ashleigh did a fine sprint for the 8th place. Chloe took the peloton sprint (for rehearsal, she said :-),
So we ended up with 8th place and 4 riders in the top 30, and a good team effort. It could easily have been a podium with a little more luck.
Team: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Audrey Cordon, Elisa Longo Borghini, Chloe Hosking, Thea Thorsen, Sara Olsson
This year we managed to gather the entire team for a 10 day camp in Bendorm. It was a great camp lead by new sports director Marc Bracke. Also some race specific training was done since the Qatar selection leaves directly after the camp. One day we had a photo session, and the results you can see here.
The complete team for 2014 on the beach of Benidorm