Lauren opens Spring Campaign with a top 10.

Lauren opened her season with two solid races in Belgium with her WM3 Pro Cycling team last weekend with Omloop het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and Omloop het van Hageland on Sunday, The two races served as an appetiser for the more important Spring Classics to come in the coming months.

Lauren was happy to find her legs and form for the weekend’s races and finish with a top ten result on Sunday in a fast sprint finish in Tielt-Winge.

“Im really happy with how I felt in the races and that is a credit to my coaches, Kev and Brad, and to the team for helping me get to this level already. I know that with my feeling and with the strength of my teammates we are going to achieve some big results this year and that has me really excited”

“Nieuwsblad was a nervous opener as always but I had a great time racing with my teammates for the first time and also working with Sports Director Jeroen again, I made a small mistake personally in the race and I think it cost me a better position or the opportunity to help Kasia further in the final, as she was super strong, but I was happy with my level and that was the most important thing to take from Saturday”

Sunday was a slightly more relaxed affair with less cobbles and climbs compared with Saturday but with a nervous peloton the race still proved to be tough and with multiple crashes throughout. While WM3 rode for an aggressive race, a bunch sprint seemed the only outcome for the day with Lauren rounding out the top ten in a sprint at 80kph.

“The finish sprint really wasn’t suited to me so we tried to avoid a bunch sprint and looked to establish a break, but it just wasn’t to be, I think I could have had a better result in the finish but I need to work a bit more on these situations still. I happy I could be there for the team to get some sort of result but I’m looking forward to proving myself more in the upcoming races”

Next up for Lauren is Strade Bianche, The opening World Tour race for the team in Italy on Saturday. This will be Marianne Vos’ debut for the team this road season.

Pics Anton Vos

Lauren excited to start racing with WM3 Pro Cycling

Lauren will kick off her season with the WM3 Pro Cycling this weekend at the first Belgium classics of the season, Omloop het Nieuwsblad and Omloop het van Hageland. While Lauren did race the Santos TDU in January in Australia, this weekend of racing is the traditional opening to the season and the first race for WM3 as a team.

Lauren is very much looking forward to the opening weekend after a successful training block in Calpe, Spain with the team over the past two weeks. The team stayed together in a big house which offered a more ‘family style’ environment to get to know each other and prepare for the season ahead.

pic: Anton Vos

“It was a really nice camp in Calpe, We trained really hard and also had a lot of fun together, the time went really fast which is a good sign and I think we are all really pumped to race now. ”

Yesterday Lauren took part in the recon ride of Saturday’s course for Nieuwsblad which consists of 124km with nine climbs and six cobbled sectors. It was a typical classics day with wind, mud and rain. It was a good opportunity to test equipment for the weekend’s races.

“We rode the course yesterday, which was really good to do, I have done it before but its important to get the feeling back of the steep climbs and rough cobbles so you feel more prepared, I was also really glad I tested the race bike setup, which not only looks fantastic, is also going to be super smooth for races of this nature.”

Lauren lines up with a strong squad including the Polish national champion, Kasia Niewiadoma and the Dutch champion, Anouska Koster. WM3 has more then a few cards to play and will be looks to surprise the competition.

“Im really excited to be part of such a strong group of girls, we are really strong as a team and I hope we can show this on the weekend”