Lauren Kicks off 2020 with Tour Down Under

Lauren get 2020 underway down under

Lauren has captained her French professional squad through the first professional race of the season at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide last week with the team picking up a solid top ten result in every stage and captivating the race coverage through breakaways and aggressive racing. 

Lauren picked up 8th place in stage one in a bunch sprint, however it was her team mate, Brodie Chapman, who animated the race with a strong breakaway in the final 50km, she was only caught with 500m remaining in the stage! 

The team continued with this style throughout the race and picked up a further three top ten results over the next three days. 

Photo: Laura Fletcher

“It was a great start, the team atmosphere is good, it’s really important to start with this attitude and nature at the start of the season, if we continue to race this way, big results will follow”

Lauren was pleasantly surprised with her level for the first race of the year, being able to follow the moves over the climbs on the selective days.

“Spratt and the Mitchelton girls were at a different level to everyone, along with Winder, who ultimately won the race, but I am really happy with my level at the moment, I exactly where I need to be for January and I’m really trusting the process and happy to see that my preseason work is paying off”

 Photo: Laura Fletcher

Lauren is now training in Adelaide until the 27th of January before heading to Geelong for Ride Torquay on Jan 30th and Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on February 1. Lauren will the return to France for team presentation on February 8th in Poitiers, France.

“It’s all started again now, but I’m happy to be where I’m at now, I’m seeing a few positive signs and I’m looking forward to the next races in Geelong”