Lauren finished 7th in the first race of her Spring Classics campaign today in Belgium. Hitec Product’s supported their in-form Aussie in the tough 120km race that looped around the eastern part of Flanders in northern Belgium.
Photos: Anton Vos
“I was a little unsure how I would feel today, Its been two weeks since my last race in New Zealand and it was also the first time racing for me in Europe this year”
The race departed in sunny 16 degrees, which was maybe a little strange for this time of year in Belgium, however the peloton embraced the warm weather and sunny skies and put on a great bike race on what is International Women’s day.
The race stayed mainly together for the first 40km before all the big teams set up trains into the crucial cobbled section at km 49. Hitec placed Lauren perfectly and she was third over the summit of the cobbled climb.
“My team rode so strong for me today, they placed me perfectly at the crucial moments, Im proud of how they rode today”
The race then went on to split on the locallaps with 11 riders going clear with 20km to go, the race winning move contained both Lauren and her teammate and former world champion, Tatiana Guderzo.
“Tatiana and I rode we together in the move, she tried to help me as much as she could, Im just disappointed I couldn’t get a better result for all the work she did”
“Im satisfied with my feeling and my form now after this race, Im happy to be in the mix of the results but Im chasing something a bit more in the next block of races”
Lauren now heads to the Drenthe region of the Netherlands for 3 races including the first World Cup of the season. These races will take place on the 12th, 14th and 15th of March.