Canyon-SRAM head to the Tour of Flanders with a strong line-up led by Trofeo Alfredo Binda winner Katarzyna Niewiadoma. The event marks the sixth round of the Women’s WorldTour and Niewiadoma is currently second overall, with a chance to move into the series lead in Oudenaarde.
Driedaagse De Panne winner Jolien D’hoore leads the overall ranking with 380 points while Niewiadoma and Gent-Wevelgem winner Marta Bastianelli (Ale Cipollini), both have 350 points.
Niewiadoma won the third round of the series in Italy, where she briefly took the series lead, and she was second, behind Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) at the opener Strade Bianche. Although she told Cyclingnews that it was her goal to be in top form for the Ardennes Classics – Amstel Gold Race (April 15), La Flèche Wallonne (April 18) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 22) – she is a favourite to win Flanders.
Niewiadoma is just one potential winner on the six-rider team that also includes the overall winner at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana Hannah Barnes, along with Elena Cecchini, Lisa Klein, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Trixi Worrack.
In a team press release, manager Ronny Lauke said the decision of the final six riders to start on Sunday hadn’t been an easy one, but that the final selection will give the team cards to play.
“It’s the first time for a long time that we’ve had a real problem to figure out which six riders are the best for the race. We’ve been forced to make some uncomfortable decisions because we now have such a strong group of riders to choose from.
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