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Blue skies, sunshine and snow covered hills welcomed the women’s peloton as they crested the passes and descended into the vacation town of South Lake Tahoe, the host of the first two stages of the 2017 Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered with SRAM.
Seventeen teams will battle for the coveted yellow leader’s jersey over the course of four days and 256.6 miles (412.9 kms). Enjoying the calm before the storm, Ella CyclingTips and Specialized Women sat down with the defending team, Boels-Dolmans, for a Facebook Live Q & A.
The most dominating team of 2016, Boels-Dolmans is having another great spring season. The team has already claimed 10 big victories, including an unprecedented ‘Ardennes Triple‘ with Olympic champion and new team member Anna van der Breggen winning the Amstel Gold Race, Fleche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège all within a week.
As defending champions of the Tour of California (Megan Guarier won it last year), they’ll be going into the week as top favourites.
You, our readers, had a chance to ask them questions leading up to and throughout the Facebook Live Q & A. Here’s the replay of the event.
*There were some technical difficulties with the audio early on, which got corrected a few minutes into the interview. Our apologies.