It might take place Easter Sunday, but Gracie Elvin says that Mitchelton-Scott will not be putting all their eggs in one basket with Jolien D’hoore at the Tour of Flanders this weekend. Last year’s runner-up, Elvin believes that the confidence that comes with having a rider such as D’hoore in the line-up will only expand their options, not close them.
Alongside Elvin and D’hoore, also a runner-up at Flanders in 2015, former champion Annemiek van Vleuten is set to be on the start line in Oudenaarde on Sunday morning. It, says Elvin, means that the pressure isn’t pilled on one rider and allows her to take a more aggressive approach, as she did in Driedaagse de Panne.
“We definitely want to win it and we’ve got a few different riders that we can win with,” Elvin told Cyclingnews from her base in Belgium. “It’s exciting to have that confidence and trust in each other. If one thing doesn’t work then we can go to the next plan and the next plan. It’s going to be pretty fun to take it to the other teams there.
“Personally, I can be a bit more aggressive in the races, because in the last couple of years, I was trying to be a bit conservative and save something for the ends of races.
“You don’t want to be predictable as a team but you also don’t want to be putting all of the pressure on one rider. It wouldn’t be fair on that rider. It’s about playing the numbers game and keeping our options open. I think that we’ve been doing it well so far.”
The Tour of Flanders is the culmination of Elvin’s opening part of the season with Mitchelton-Scott before she jets off back to Australia for the Commonwealth Games. She has been doing her utmost to be at her best for both objectives, which has involved basing herself in the heart of the Classics, Belgium.
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