Team Sunweb unveils women's line-ups for Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Apr 16 2018 07:54 pm CET

Team Sunweb unveils women's line-ups for Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Team Sunweb unveils women's line-ups for Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege
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Team Sunweb has announced its line-ups for the women's editions of the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

Ellen van Dijk will unsurprisingly feature in both of the Ardennes Classics, although some differences exist in the squads for the two races. Coryn Rivera will provide sprinting power in La Fleche while Lucinda Brand joins the formation for Liege-Bastogne-Liege three days later.

Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans expects the final of the Fleche Wallonne to be a battle of the strongest few. "The parcours have changed quite a bit in comparison to last year; of course the final will still be on the Mur de Huy but the climbs in the final 50 kilometres will make it really hard, and we will only see a really select group of riders battling it out towards the finish," he said.

"With Ellen, Ruth (Winder) and Liane (Lippert) as our last riders on the day we could see a really interesting final. Not only in terms of result but also in terms of development. Liane will get her first real opportunity to be there in the final of a WorldTour race, which will be a valuable experience for her, especially after some strong performances helping her team mates already this year."

His colleague Koen de Haan, who will manage the team at Liege-Bastogne-Liege, hopes to see an improvement from Van Dijk's fourth place in 2017. "The beginning of the parcours sees a few changes this year, but the final still contains the classic climbs of La Redoute and St Nicolas before the finish in Ans.

"As the race heads closer to the final, the climbs become more frequent making the race really challenging. Each climb will certainly see a selection made, with only a reduced group of the strongest riders going through to the finish. Last year, Ellen finished in 4th place and this year we would like to search for another top result there. We have an experienced line-up with riders like Lucinda and Leah, and the combination of young talents like Liane, Juliette and Ruth will make for a really exciting race."

The full Team Sunweb line-up for La Fleche Wallonne Feminine (April 18):

Ellen van Dijk
Juliette Labous
Liane Lippert
Floortje Mackaij
Coryn Rivera
Ruth Winder

The full Team Sunweb line-up for Liege-Bastogne-Liege Feminin (April 21):

Lucinda Brand
Ellen van Dijk
Leah Kirchmann
Juliette Labous
Liane Lippert
Ruth Winder



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