Kasia Niewiadoma returns to Strade Bianche after three consecutive second places
Mar 06 2019 09:23 pm CET

Kasia Niewiadoma returns to Strade Bianche after three consecutive second places
Kasia Niewiadoma returns to Strade Bianche after three consecutive second places
Photo of Kasia Niewiadoma by Canyon-SRAM

Canyon-SRAM has chosen its roster to face the first race of the Women's World Tour calendar of the year: Strade Bianche. Kasia Niewiadoma will return to the race after finishing in the second position in the last three editions.

The fifth edition of the race will take the riders through a 136-kilometre race and features eight gravel sectors and the climbing finish at the Via Santa Caterina of Siena. Niewiadoma has finished in the second position in the last three editions of the race, but she doesn't feel any pressure.

"To be honest it doesn’t bother me. I really love this race!" she explained. "It gives me good feelings even though I suffer so much on every ‘little’ hill. I have learned a lot each year but yes, I've never won this epic battle. I have another chance in just a few days and I’m so excited to give it another try!

"Whenever I'm given the leader role I try to stay calm and show a lot of energy so I can affect my teammates only with good and positive vibes! But honestly, I don’t really call myself a' leader' even when the race course suits me. I think that each of us has an equal chance to do something during the race. I can say though, that whenever I see our well-oiled team working hard to achieve one goal, I get super inspired and it makes me ready to make the final and suffer to the fullest!"

The 2018 edition of the race was cold and wet, leaving an imprint in Elena Cecchini's memory. "I will never forget that day," the Italian commented. "I could not speak for two hours after the race because my throat was frozen.

"In the camper afterwards, my teammates and I communicated just with eyes. No words could, or needed to be spoken by anyone. We raced aggressively and our efforts and pain were rewarded with a podium."

Canyon-SRAM's roster for Strade Bianche (9th of March):

Alena Amialiusik
Hannah Barnes
Elena Cecchini
Tiffany Cromwell
Hannah Ludwig
Kasia Niewiadoma




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