Glorious return to cyclocross for Van Empel
Fem van Empel has marked her return to the field with a victory. The 21-year-old...
Team Jumbo-Visma Women is getting ready for the Tour de Belle. The two-day race in France, fully named Tour de Belle Isle en Terre - Kreiz Breizh Elites Ladies, will take place on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 July. Anna Henderson finished second behind Teniel Campbell in both stages in 2019. The British rider is now preparing for a second chance at the victory with the black and yellow formation.
Last year, the French race was cancelled due to the coronavirus. This year the race returns to Brittany. “I’m returning this year to make things right for sure”, Henderson said. “In the first stage in 2019, I bridged to the breakaway in the final lap and then attacked. Only one rider came past me just before the finish. The second day was a sprint finish with nearly a full peloton.”
"I’m returning this year to make things right for sure."
Two tough stages are again on the program this year. The stages are hilly and around 130 kilometres long. Henderson: “I think it’s a super nice race for our team to use our strengths and be aggressive. There are some hills which make the race hard, which suits us. I think we can get some nice results here.”
Sports director Marco Postma: “Our goal is a win in the general classification. The first stage ends with six local laps that include a tough climb. The second stage seems less difficult on paper, but in Brittany there is not a single metre of flat land. In short: to perform we have to be sharp on both days. We go to France with a strong and super motivated team, so I have every confidence in a good result.”