GENT-WEVELGEM IN FLANDERS FIELDS ELITE WOMEN

GENT-WEVELGEM IN FLANDERS FIELDS ELITE WOMEN

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Leah Kirchmann Julia Soek Floortje Mackaij

Team Liv-Plantur returns to Gent-Wevelgem this spring with defending champion Floortje Mackaij (NED) leading the way. Mackaij won the 2015 race with a commanding finish to take her first classics win, and she and the team will be keen to push for the double in 2016.

The parcours is a gruelling 115.3km route that has served to favour the attackers. The course takes on five ascents including the Baneberg, the Kemmelberg and the Monteberg.

Coach Hans Timmermans (NED) said: “We have a good feeling coming into this race with the victory of Floortje last year. We are going to bring the experience of last year and aim for a strong result here. Floortje is going to be our leader together with Leah who is in really good shape at the moment with another top 15 finish last weekend.

“The outcome of the race is usually decided on the Kemmelberg and it will depend on if the bunch is able to catch the escapees or not. We will aim to put Floortje and Leah in a good position before the key moments of the race but we have to aware of the weather conditions with the open sections in the course where the wind can play its part.”