Annemiek van Vleuten gibt eine Vorschau auf Trofeo Binda
The UCI World Cup returns this Sunday with Trofeo Alfredo Binda Comune di Cittiglio. The race is the hilliest of the World Cup series and one that will favour the climbers. It’s known for its unpredictability which shows in the diverse list of winners from the past.
“Normally we would say this race is for the climbers because the climbs are pretty long, 3 or 4 kilometres,” Annemiek van Vleuten said when asked about a prediction for Sunday. “But the race is always different and it’s so unpredictable. If the race is ridden really fast it favours the climbers and if it’s not that hard then more girls come back in the downhill.”
The Dutch time trial champion will line up alongside Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Clara Koppenburg, Joëlle Numainville, Doris Schweizer and Sharon Laws. Schweizer and Laws return to racing after illness and injury, respectively, while 19 year old Koppenburg makes her debut for the team.
Van Vleuten has finished on the podium in the race, finishing third in 2011.
“At that time I had a good year so it can be possible to win there but it’s not my favourite course. I think it will suit the climbers and Ashleigh is in good shape so it could be something for her. My goal is to be in the final and support her,” she said.
The team has had a two-week break from racing and van Vleuten takes confidence from a good training block in recent weeks having made adjustments from input she received from the team’s sports director, Manel Lacambra.
“I remember in 2011 I surprised myself and felt really strong. I have a good feeling about Sunday for the team. I’ve got some good advice from Manel about training so I’ve had some good efforts on the bike the last week and a half and I hope I can profit from it on Sunday, otherwise I look forward to Flanders already too.”
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