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by Shane Stokes
June 1, 2017
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Announcing the lineup in advance of next week’s OVO Energy Women’s Tour, the Wiggle High5 team has confirmed that the rider who finished third overall in 2016, Elisa Longo Borghini, will spearhead the squad. “I’m really looking forward to the Women’s Tour because it looks like a great race,” she said. “It looks very hard as well, and also spectacular with the finish in London. I’m very curious to see how it will be, and how the race will be held.”
She won the women’s Strade Bianche this year and led the WorldTour for several weeks. She said she has fully recovered from illness. “I feel fine now, and hopefully I can be in good shape for the Women’s Tour. I will try to work very well with my team, and I’m pretty sure we can achieve good results.”
Longo Borghini will be joined by Jolien d’Hoore, who won a stage and was a runner-up overall in the 2015 OVO Energy Women’s Tour, as well as double world road race champion Giorgia Bronzini and Emilia Fahlin. The latter took the combativity award in last year’s event. Audrey Cordon-Ragot and Claudia Lichtenberg complete the team.
The race begins next Wednesday with an opening leg between Daventry and Kettering. It runs until Sunday June 11.
The lineup includes past winners Lizzie Deignan (Boels Dolmans), Lisa Brennauer (Canyon//SRAM) and Marianne Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling), as well as Dani King (Cylance Pro Cycling), Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) and Katie Archibald (Team WNT).