Canyon-SRAM to start with strong roster in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Mar 01 2019 03:21 am CET

Canyon-SRAM to start with strong roster in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Canyon-SRAM to start with strong roster in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
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Canyon-SRAM is ready to star in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with Alexis Ryan and a strong roster. The American rider took the second position at the Belgian race in 2018.

The course of the 2019 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad features ten climbs, three more than last year, and five cobblestone sections, two more than in 2018, while the climb combination Muur-Bosberg near the finish remains intact. The last edition of the race was decided in a 40-rider sprint that was won by Christina Siggard.

"Last year the wind played a factor," said Alice Barnes, who will be starting in the race for the fourth time in her career. "It made it difficult to get away towards the end due to the headwind and it ended in a bunch kick. With the Muur and Bosberg towards the end and if the wind is different it could make the final very aggressive and interesting.

This will also be the fourth Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for Kasia Niewiadoma. "This race always reminds me of a big battle with lots of nerves and stress!" she explained. "Everyone wants to be in the front before cobbles sections or punchy hills so that means you have to be focused 100% from the start until the end.

"The race is unpredictable and can be won by anyone: a sprinter or a climber can win. You just have to be good enough and know how to race smartly those cobbles and hills."

Australian Tiffany Cromwell already knows what it is like to win the race as she did it in 2013. "Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is an exciting race," she commented. "For me, this race holds a special place in my heart as it was one of the first big victories that I had in my career and I’ve had a number of good results over the years here.

"It can be a race with many different outcomes, from opportunistic breakaways to reduced bunch sprints. We can be battling arctic weather conditions or pleasant spring weather: You just never know what you’re going to end up with. Over the last couple of years, the parcours has become more challenging and I think in 2019 we’re going to see an even more exciting race."

Canyon-SRAM's complete line-up for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Second of March):

Alexis Ryan
Alice Barnes
Hannah Barnes
Elena Cecchini
Tiffany Cromwell
Kasia Niewiadoma




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