Entradas

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 

Photo courtesy of Getty Sport

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Team BikeExchange women on a high as they return as defending champions for a duo of one-day races in Navarra – Team BikeExchange

After consistent performances, including a stage victory at the recent stage race Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, Team BikeExchange continue their upward trajectory in northern Spain as they line-up for two one-day races, Emakumen Nafarroako Klasikoa and Clásica Féminas de Navarra.

The action kicks off on Thursday with a hilly 128.3km Emakumen Nafarroako Klasikoa, which features eight climbs along the route, all second and third category classified, with Janneke EnsingAne Santesteban and Setmana Ciclista Valenciana stage winner Urška Žigart strong options. 

The second day of racing at Clásica Féminas de Navarra is slightly flatter, but still boasts plenty of climbs and with this, the team recruit Brugge De-Panne winner Grace Brown to give some extra firepower over the relentless terrain.

Should the race come down to a sprint, the squad also brings options with recent second place stage finisher in Valencia, Arianna Fidanza, plus Australian champion Sarah Roy, who won the event back in 2019. 

Team BikeExchange return as the defending champions to both races, thanks to Roy’s win in Clasica Navarra but also following on from Annemiek van Vleuten’s victories in the two events in 2020. 

Team BikeExchange at Emakumen Nafarroako Klasikoa 13th:
Teniel Campbell (TTO) 
Janneke Ensing (NED) 
Sarah Roy (AUS) 
Ane Santesteban (ESP)
Moniek Tenniglo (NED) 
Urška Žigart (SLO)

Team BikeExchange at Clásica Féminas de Navarra 14th:
Jess Allen (AUS)
Grace Brown (AUS)
Teniel Campbell (TTO) 
Arianna Fidanza (ITA)
Sarah Roy (AUS) 
Moniek Tenniglo (NED) 

Ane Santesteban
“After Valencia stage race and with Urska’s victory everybody is so happy. Every day we raced really well, we raced aggressively, and we were present in every single breakaway. So, this really motivates us for the next races in Spain which are one of my goals of the season. 

I crashed on the third stage and I have some stitches in my leg, but I still have some days to recover before we race again later this week.

Sarah Roy already won Clasica de Navarra in 2019 so she knows how to do it and I think we have a really good team also with Arianna Fidanza and Teniel Campbell also.”

Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director
“For these two races in Navarra we go in with a strong and very motivated team after our recent success. 

They are both races where we can take opportunities and we will try to follow the same dynamic as we had in Valencia which worked really well.”

2021 Race Details:
Thursday, 13th May: Emakumen Nafarroako Klasikoa, 128.3km
Friday, 14th May: Clásica Féminas de Navarra, 125.8km 

Photo courtesy of Getty Sport

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com