Lauren raced with the Australian National development team over the weekend in the Rabobank 7-Dorpenomloop Aalburg in the Netherlands on Saturday and Trofee Maarten Wynants in Belgium on Sunday. On Saturday Lauren finished 2nd to Marianne Vos, after the two had escaped late in the race from the initial 6 rider breakaway that had formed with 60km to go.
“It was a great day Saturday, the race is close to where I am based in the Netherlands and I generally really enjoy dutch racing. It was a tough race, I was in the breakaway for 60km working hard to establish and maintain the gap with Marianne. With about 5km to go she attacked hard on one of the overpasses and we were just the two of us for the final few kilometres”
“Marianne was strong in the break and it was tough for me to follow, I am normally not satisfied with 2nd place but today I am happy with my race and proud of this podium result
On Sunday, Lauren and the Aussie development team backed up for a second one day race, this time in Belgium. The plan was to be aggressive from the half way mark but even with some strong attacks from all the girls it came down to bunch kick on the free flowing circuit. Lauren again ran 2nd in the bunch sprint to Lotto-Soudal’s Lotte Kopecky, a rising star of Belgium track cycling.
“I am again satisfied with my race today, also the performance from the Aussie girls, it is nice to see their progression over the 2 months they have been in Europe, they all rode really strong today even when they were tired from yesterday”
“It nice to be on the podium twice in 2 days but of course its also a little frustrating to be so close to a win, at least I know I’m heading in the right direction and Im sure a win is not too far away”
Lauren will travel to California in 1 week to begin the Tour of California on the 19th of May. The Tour of California will mark the eighth round of the Women’s World Tour and with 8 of the top 10 ranked Women’s teams on the start list it will be a tough week of racing.
Photos from Anton Vos