Lauren is headed north once more today for the Ardennes week, a triple classics week in both Belgium and The Netherlands. While a full Ardennes week has been enjoyed by the men’s peloton for a number of years, this will be the first time the women will experience both The Amstel Gold race and Liege – Bastonge – Liege. These two races are split by the famous La Flèche Wallone that has already been a centrepiece of the Spring campaign for a number of years.
“Im really looking forward to these races, They will be hard for sure but we have a really strong team and I think we can do something a bit special here”
Lauren will be joined by both Marianne Vos and Kasia Niewiadoma, both have a next to flawless history when racing on the famous Caulberg, with Vos taking the rainbow jersey of World Champion there in 2012 and Kasia winning the last stage of Holland Ladies Tour last year there. Vos is a five time winner of Flèche and Kasia is a key favourite for the that race. Liege offers a bit more of the unknown.
“Both Marianne and Kasia are very suited to this style of racing, I think that if they are both firing on al cylinders we will be The Team to watch for the week, I also see this as a great opportunity for myself to step up and be there at the critical moments for the girls but also for myself”
With a rough run of bad luck now behind and a good two week of training in the legs, Lauren is refreshed and ready to fight for that elusive victory at some of the biggest races of the year.
“It will be special to do these races for the first time, Im excited but that, but I really want to take positive feelings away and it would be great if we could win one or two of them!”