26 Mar 15 names to follow at Gent-Wevelgem (1.WWT)
Dutch rider Floortje Mackaij comes back to the roads that witnessed her first professional victory at 2015 Gent-Wevelgem edition. Despite the fact that 2015 edition had a lower startlist level (due to the fact that the race was held in clash with UCI World Cup Trofeo Alfredo Binda event) than this edition, the 20-year-old Dutch rider will be one of the riders to watch. In start of the spring season Floortje has shown her good classics and sprinting skills , finishing seventh at Ronde van Drenthe and fourth at Le Samyn among other good results.
Along with her teammate Lizzie and Leah Kirchmann (Liv Plantur), the Dutch rider has shown herself as one of the riders on best form in this spring classics season start. After finishing second at OHN and winning Le Samyn, Blaaki missed Strade Bianche, went back on winning track at the Ronde van Drenthe, while last week she finished twelfth at Trofeo Alfredo Binda. If the Dutch rider is on the leading group after the final Monteberg she would be one of riders to have within your eye range.
After participating at 2016 London Track World Championships, where she finished sixth at the omnium event just after her teammate Annette Edmondson, Jolien D’hoore got back to the road at Dutch race Ronde van Drenthe. Belgian rider could not repeat the 2015 feat where she finished off a perfect lead-out manoeuvre by Wiggle-Honda (winning her first UCI World Cup race the day she turned 25). Jolien started her road season with a disappointing 70th place. However, as she expressed at a post race interview with her team, she has never had good legs during her first race of the season. At the national ranked race Dwars door Vlanderen D’hoore finished second after her teammate Pieters. Thus, the “Belgian Bullet” has already recover her “good legs” and is ready to fire again at Gent-Wevelgem.
Dutch professional cyclist switched teams this season joining Wiggle High5. Despite being such a talented rider her first victory on a Wiggle High5 jersey came this week at the national ranked race Dwars door Vlanderen, where her teammate Jolien D’hoore finished second. At the previous edition of Gent-Wevelgem she proved her good legs and despite crashing while on the breakaway she was able to come back along with her former teammate Mackaij and other riders and set up a final move for Mackaij’s final victory. She will be one of the top riders to control if she makes it into a breakaway.
In 2016 Australian rider has shown her result consistency finishing at the top ten at several races. After finishing 9th in the first UCI WWT Strade Bianche, she finished 8th at the second WWT round at Ronde van Drenthe. Lauren was able to keep up the good streak by finishing to a 9th place at WWT Trofeo Alfredo Binda. If the race ends on a bunch sprint it will be very likely to she Lauren keeping her momentum claiming a top finishing place.
American rider Coryn Rivera finished eleventh at past week UCI WWT Trofeo Alfredo Binda. American sprinter seems to be on a good form and she ought to be one of riders to take into account if a group does not manage to break away during the 30 km hilly sector and the race finally ends with a bunch sprint.
In 2016 she has won the final criterium-stage at Santos Women’s Tour (where she out-sprinted Nettie Edmondson) and the GP des Fleurs Dottignies, in her second race of her European spring season with Australian Development Team. She will be helped by Lauretta Hanson, who started strongly her 2016 season winning sprint and young classifications at Santos Women’s Tour and finished second at the young classification and third at the third stage of Ladies Tour of Qatar, Australian U23 Road race champion Jenelle Crooks and Oceanian Road race champion Shannon Malseed.
Emma is again one of the riders to watch at Gent-Wevelgem. The current leader of the Lotto Cycling Cup is on a good form, the Swedish rider just finished second behind Chantal Blaak on Le Samyn des Dammes and third at Strade Bianche behind Lizzie and Kasia. Perhaps she is not in her best form ever but she is such a tactically gifted rider that you need to have under control, otherwise as soon as action starts she may surprise you being part of any of the decisive moves. Emma finished fourth at Trofeo Alfredo Binda jumping to the third place on the UCI WWT individual ranking.