Team BikeExchange women bring a stellar line-up as they hunt down victory at the inaugural women’s Vuelta a Burgos Feminas – Team BikeExchange

Team BikeExchange women go full force into the first UCI Women’s WorldTour stage race of the season, Vuelta a Burgos Feminas, lining-up with talented climbers in the form of Amanda Spratt and local Basque rider Ane Santesteban, who has enjoyed three top-10 finishes in the recent Spanish races.

Alongside the duo, giving the team extra strength and depth, are in-form Australian’s with Brugge De-Panne winner Grace Brown and Australian champion Sarah Roy, plus New Zealand champion Georgia Williams and Italian sprinter Arianna Fidanza.

The four-day race is bookended by summit finishes and is set to be a challenging one with the heavy undulating roads in the northern region of Spain, with 2021 being the first ever edition of the race for the women’s peloton. 

Team BikeExchange atVuelta a Burgos Feminas 20-23rd:
Grace Brown (AUS)
Arianna Fidanza (ITA)
Sarah Roy (AUS)
Ane Santesteban (ESP)
Amanda Spratt (AUS)
Georgia Williams (NZL)

Amanda Spratt
“It is really motivating to be at a new race and especially at a new WorldTour stage race. I am excited to get the stage racing part of the season underway and this is certainly an important race for us in preparation for the Giro d’Italia. 

Ane has shown that she is in really strong form from the past races and also some of the other girls, so I think we have a great team. You always have a chance to win every race and I think this week we will have to play it smart, Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna van der Breggen have shown how strong they are at the moment. 

There are four really quite different stages in this race, we know the wind can play a part, there’s a punchy uphill finish, a longer uphill finish, so there’s many different characteristics to each stage and we know the final stage will be really decisive for the general classification.”

Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director
“The team has been working really well together, we have been taking good initiatives and creating the races we wanted. It is the first WorldTour stage race of the season and it is definitely going to be a very high level.

The stages are interesting, there’s some hard finishes and there’s some short stages which can make it very fast racing. We come to the race with the clear focus to play the GC with Ane and Spratt. We have a strong team and a pretty good balance of riders.”

2021 Vuelta a Burgos Feminas Race Details:
Thursday, 20th May: Stage 1, Villadiego to Sargentes de la Lora, 100km
Friday, 21st May: Stage 2, Pedrosa de Valdeporres to Villarcayo, 97km
Saturday, 22nd May: Stage 3, Medina de Pomar to Complejo Karstico ojo Guarena, 115.4km
Sunday, 23rd May: Stage 4, Quintana de la Sierra to Lagunas de Neila, 123.3km 

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Team BikeExchange head to Ruta del Sol with a diverse line-up boasting young talent & experience on the hunt for stage wins – Team BikeExchange

After being postponed in February, the 2021 edition of Ruta del Sol will take place next week, with Team BikeExchange looking to make the most of the new date bringing in a diverse squad, hungry to make the most of the additional racing opportunity in May.

The team ranges from wiser and older experienced riders in the form of Jack BauerBrent Bookwalter and Luke Durbridge, through to young up and coming talent with the likes of Robert Stannard and Alex Konychev.

The mixed team will hunt down stage victories throughout the course of the five-day race with the line-up also including Ethiopian Tsgabu Grmay and Norwegian powerhouse Amund Grøndahl Jansen.

Team BikeExchange at Ruta del Sol:
Jack Bauer (NZL)
Brent Bookwalter (USA)
Luke Durbridge (AUS)
Tsgabu Grmay (ETH)
Amund Grøndahl Jansen (NOR)
Alex Konychev (ITA)
Robert Stannard (AUS) 

Robert Stannard
“I am looking forward to racing again after a small break after the busy classics period and it is good to have this race in May ahead of some bigger goals later in the season.

We have a strong team with a mixture of riders, and I think I can have a good go at a stage win looking at the some of the stages.

It should be good weather with it being in May and I think all the team is just ready to get back racing so it should be a good week. I felt good with good legs at the start of the season so I hope I can take another step forward next week and get a good result.”

Laurenzo Lapage – Sport Director 
“The goal for us is to try for stage wins in this race, it is unusual to have this race in May in the calendar and we have a good team to try for this.

Robert Stannard showed in the Classics he has good form so he will be one of the protected riders for stage wins but it is a race where we will try, and everybody will get a chance.

It is a good race for us to help with our build up and preparation for the next races to come.”

2021 Ruta del Sol Race Details:
Tuesday, 18th May: Stage 1, La Cala de Mijas to Zahara de la Sierra, 152.1km
Wednesday, 19th May: Stage 2, Iznajar to Alcala la Real, 184.8km
Thursday, 20th May: Stage 3, Beas de Segura to Villarrodridgo, 176.9km
Friday, 21st May: Stage 4, Baza to Cullar Vega, 182.9km
Saturday, 22nd May: Stage 5, Vera to Pulpi, 107km 

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