Sunweb men's and women's teams ready for next Australian appointments
Jan 28 2020 02:46 am CET

Sunweb men's and women's teams ready for next Australian appointments
Sunweb men's and women's teams ready for next Australian appointments
Sunweb © Team Sunweb | Vincent Riemersma

After the end of the Santos Tour Down Under, both Sunweb formations are ready to face the Race Torquay (January 30) and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (February 1).

Riders like Michael Storer, Robert Power and Alberto Dainese finished in the top five of stages at the Tour Down Under and Sunweb is already prepared for the next appointments in Australia, starting with the Race Torquay.

"The race this year moves from the Formula 1 circuit in Melbourne down to the beachfront at Torquay," said coach Luke Roberts. "The lap is not as flat as the old course and there is a small climb in there, but nevertheless we expect that it will come down to a bunch sprint.

"It will be a good opportunity for us to work on our lead out train. We'll set the sprint up for Alberto and I think after what he showed at the Tour Down Under, we have a good chance of getting a top result."

Then, the team will face the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. "The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is a race that can go either way," Roberts commented. "It can be won by the sprinters who can survive the climb, like Nikias (Arndt) did for us in 2017, or it can be for a strong select group that can get away on the climb and stay away until the finish.

"We will have both bases covered, like we've done in previous years. Robert and Jai are in great shape so they will be up there to cover the final attacks on the climbs. Max is also in good shape and he will be our guy should it come down to a select group sprint finish."

Lianne Lippert finished in the second position of the overall classification at the Santos Tour Down Under, and she topped the youth classification of the race. She and her teammates will ride the Race Torquay next January 30.

"After taking confidence from the Women's Tour Down Under where we performed really well, we arrive at Race Torquay with a lot of ambition," affirmed Sunweb's coach Nicolas Marche. "The race takes place on an interesting circuit of 13 kilometres that we will complete eight laps of.

"With the short climbs attacks could likely result in a breakaway getting clear, but the race equally could end in a sprint. Our line-up means that we have multiple cards to play to be aggressive, cover attacks and go for the win. If we get a sprint then the team will work to set up Leah for the finish."

Two days after, the team will be at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. "This is the first Women's WorldTour race of the year and we're looking forward to it after a good week of racing at the Women's Tour Down Under," Marche explained.

"Last year the finale of the race proved to be difficult and we expect it to be similar this year, with a hard pace on the last climb. Liane proved her shape with second place on GC last week so we'll work to set her up for the final climb. If it comes back together for a reduced sprint then the finish suits Leah perfectly."

Complete line up of Sunweb Men's team for the Race Torquay and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race (January 30 and February 1):

Asbjorn Kragh Andersen
Alberto Dainese
Jai Hindley
Max Kanter
Robert Power
Michael Storer
Florian Stork

Sunweb women's team:

Pfeiffer Georgi
Anna Henderson
Leah Kirchmann
Juliette Labous
Liane Lippert
Julia Soek




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