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by Shane Stokes
June 28, 2017
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Days before the June 30 start of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, the Cervélo-Bigla team has announced its lineup for the race and made clear that it is chasing big results.
“This is a very important event for us,” stated the team manager Thomas Campana on Tuesday. “We have some partners based in Italy who are very strong brands in the industry and we want to represent them well. It’s a high profile event on the calendar and one that is important for women’s cycling and we believe we have shown the race respect by putting together a very strong group.”
The lineup includes Asleigh Moolman, who was 4th overall in 2015 and previously eighth and 10th. She has been in fine form this year and will head to the race with ambition. Also in strong shape are Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Lisa Klein, Lotta Lepistö and Nicole Hanselmann, who have all recently won national titles.
The team will be completed by Clara Koppenburg and Stephanie Pohl. Campana has said that he is taking a laid-back approach. “We will take each stage as it comes and see what we get out of the race but there is no pressure on the riders as we go into the race off the back of a very successful season with 15 victories so far.”
The event starts on Friday with a 11.5 kilometre team time trial in Aquileia.