Alexis Ryan to headline Canyon-SRAM at Ronde van Drenthe and Drentse 8 van Westerveld
Mar 14 2019 05:31 am CET

Alexis Ryan to headline Canyon-SRAM at Ronde van Drenthe and Drentse 8 van Westerveld
Alexis Ryan to headline Canyon-SRAM at Ronde van Drenthe and Drentse 8 van Westerveld
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Canyon-SRAM is prepared to face the second appointment of the UCI Women's WorldTour calendar: the Ronde van Drenthe. Alexis Ryan comes back to the race one year after finishing in the second position.

The Dutch race will feature 11 cobblestone sections and three ascents to the top of VAMberg, which reaches an inclination of 21%. "Ronde van Drenthe is a race of attrition," said Ryan. "To perform well, a rider has to be focused from the beginning and never allow that focus to falter. Every cobbled road, ascent of the VAMberg, and crosswind section has the potential to decide the race.

"The key is to be smart with your energy because it will run out - it's simply a matter of when. If you time your reserves right, you will have enough power for what seems like the longest sprint in history."

Alice Barnes will also take part in the race. "With the nature of races in Holland, everyone fighting for position at the front, the pace will be high even if the race is so long," the Briton commented. "It's hectic and unpredictable. The weather plays a major factor and can change the dynamic of the race very quickly. I've been training well since Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and with the recent weather in the UK, I'm well prepared for Sunday's forecast!

"There are no major climbs, but the VAMberg has had some changes and that will add some pressure. Even so, it doesn't alter the fact that you need to be on constant alert and well positioned always. It will be very tough mentally as well as physically."

Ryan will also take part in the Drentse 8 van Westerveld, in which she took the final victory in 2018.

Canyon-SRAM's roster for Drentse 8 van Westerveld (15th of March):

Alexis Ryan
Alice Barnes
Tanja Erath
Lisa Klein
Ella Harris
Rotem Gafinovitz

Roster for the Ronde van Drenthe (17th of March):

Alexis Ryan
Alice Barnes
Tiffany Cromwell
Tanja Erath
Rotem Gafinovitz
Lisa Klein




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