Crescent Women World Cup Vårgårda RR WWT

Crescent Women World Cup Vårgårda RR WWT

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Leah Kirchmann Rozanne Slik Julia Soek

Team Liv-Plantur is back in WorldTour action this week with a twofold of Vårgårda races in Sweden. The action kicks off with the team time trial on Friday, before the riders tackle the road race on Sunday.

Starting in the evening, teams will head out for their efforts at three minute intervals over the 42.5km route that although mainly flat, can often be subject to testing crosswinds.

The course for the road race features a slight change to last year, with the peloton tackling four short laps before moving to the large 55km loop. The large circuit contains four gravel sections that will test the riders’ bike handling, before the race returns to five laps of a final short circuit to finish.

Coach Mattias Reck said: “It’s an interesting course for the road race here and out on the big loop there are the gravel sections which can prove critical, so you have to be alert all the time. The final small circuits are quite demanding around Vårgårda with lots of corners and a climb each lap.

“For the time trial a top five would be a good result for us here, and the result will depend a bit on which competitors are present after Rio. Then looking to Sunday, with Leah we have a rider who can win the race. She’s currently sat third in the WorldTour rankings and this parcours is made for her, so we will support her for a result.”