Lauren continued to show her strong form ahead of the opening Women’s World Tour race this Saturday with a 9th place in Le Samyn des dames today in south of Belgium. The semi-classic was a challenging race with high winds along with rain showers greeting the 190 rider peloton. The course consisted of a 62km opening lap followed by 2 X 25km finish laps. The finishing lap included 4 cobbled sections along with 2 categorised climbs. The cobbled sections proved challenging, splitting the group each lap.
“I take confidence from today’s performance, I got into the selection of 21 riders that went in the wind early on, then in the final I had some mechanical problems that did cost me, but that’s racing and I know that my time will come”
Lauren had to have a bike change only a few kilometres before the first cobbled climb, which lead to a lengthy chase back tot he front group. “for sure I used a lot of energy then, but that’s part of it, I am happy I could get back in and still contest the finish”
Lauren found herself unable to follow the front 8 riders on the last lap through the three starred cobbled section and won the sprint for 9th place. Next up is Strade Bianche on Saturday and this marks the start of the UCI Women’s World Tour, the top division races for the women’s elite peloton.
“These first three races in Belgium have been a fantastic beginning for me to prepare for the WWT, these next races are big goals for me and I know now my form is right where it needs to be”
Lauren travel’s to Italy on Friday morning for an early race on Saturday morning around Sienna, Italy on the white gravel roads of Strade Bianche.
Pic : Matt Attard