Kasia Niewiadoma leads Canyon-SRAM at Fleche Wallonne after taking Amstel Gold Race victory
Apr 24 2019 05:59 am CET

Kasia Niewiadoma leads Canyon-SRAM at Fleche Wallonne after taking Amstel Gold Race victory
Kasia Niewiadoma leads Canyon-SRAM at Fleche Wallonne after taking Amstel Gold Race victory
Photo of Kasia Niewiadoma by Canyon-SRAM

Kasia Niewiadoma is set to headline Canyon-SRAM at the Fleche Wallonne. The Polish rider has only finished outside of the race only once in the last four editions.

Only days after her outstanding victory at the Amstel Gold Race, Niewiadoma comes back to racing to one of the competitions that she had as one of the biggest goals of the season. "Fléche Wallone is kind of similar to Strade Bianche; a lot of people want to jump onto the top step of the podium but it’s not an easy mission to accomplish!" commented the rider.

"Personally I target Fléche Wallonne the most out of all the Ardennes classics. You have to turn up to this race with nothing short of excellent shape in order to be able to race up the brutal Mur de Huy! You have to be smart and sharp throughout the entire race. You definitely have to make friends with this burning feeling in your legs because the final 30km is like a fireworks display and your legs are going to feel it all!"

Hannah Barnes is returning to competition after taking a break after Gent-Wevelgem. "I've had some nice time at home to focus on training and mentally prepare for what is going to be a busy period of racing and travelling, but I am really looking forward to it," she explained.

"The Ardennes are races that I enjoy and after missing them last year, I am even more motivated for them. I really hope to feel good on Wednesday and be the best support I can for Kasia. I believe I have the ability to be there in the final if I have a good day so hopefully, my work in the past three weeks will show that."

Canyon-SRAM's line-up for La Fleche Wallonne (24th of April):

Kasia Niewiadoma
Alena Amialiusik
Hannah Barnes
Elena Cecchini
Hannah Ludwig
Alexis Ryan




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