Flanders: Uttrup Ludwig and Moolman-Pasio in front group
The most exciting race on the women’s calendar for trade teams, Ronde van Vlaanderen, took place on Sunday. Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team was well represented in the final by Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig who finished 12th and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, 14th.
Uttrup Ludwig finishing high up with the lead group means she retains her lead in the UCI Women’s WorldTour youth classification. The race ended in a surprise bunch finish with Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) sprinting to the win.
Team Manager, Thomas Campana said with the extended race distance, the team expected a tough race.
“We expected a hard race and we came here with a young group,” he said. “After the success from the last weeks it’s easy to expect a lot from the team but for us it was a learning lesson and let the young group learn how to manage a race like this. We missed the dangerous move in the final so we made an all in decision for Cecilie to make a super strong leadout into the Oude Kwaremont for Ashleigh for her to get across to the leaders. It nearly worked. When the group came back, both riders were tired in the sprint but I’m very happy with the performance of the team.”
The team has enjoyed considerable success in recent weeks with Lotta Lepistö winning Gent Wevelgem and Dwars door Vlaanderen and Uttrup Ludwig winning Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. Campana says today’s events was all about respecting a race like the Tour of Flanders and learning for the future.
“We’ve seen young riders going into the final which is good potential. This is a race you can’t compare to any other race, it’s the world championships for trade teams. Everyone wants to win this race. The team did well, I’m very happy with their performance. We have to be realistic on a course like Flanders with 12 climbs, five cobblestone sections and almost 160 kilometres of racing. Also Cecilie keeps the young riders jersey so we are very happy,” he concluded.
Racing continues this week as the team lines up in Healthy Ageing Tour (5-9 April). The team taking to the start will be: