Team SD Worx take off with multiple goals at Giro Donne

Team SD Worx take off with multiple goals at Giro Donne

"We have a nice mix of experience and talent at the start"


Team SD Worx has already had an extremely successful 2023. In the Giro Donne, the Dutch World Tour team wants to continue this line. Lorena Wiebes, Niamh Fisher-Black, Blanka Vas, Elena Cecchini, Barbara Guarischi, Femke Markus and Anna Shackley are signing present in Italy. The goals are multiple. On the one hand, Team SD Worx wants to go for stage wins, and with Niamh Fisher-Black it also hopes for a good final ranking in the general classification. "We will be able to race freely. Hopefully that will result in at least a stage win," said team leader Anna van der Breggen. 

Linked race Giro Donne 2023 - Linked cyclists Elena Cecchini Niamh Fisher-Black Anna Shackley Blanka Vas Lorena Wiebes Barbara Guarischi Femke Markus - Gekoppelde ploegleiders: Anna van der Breggen Lars Boom

Anna van der Breggen: "Coming to the start with several goals"

"In the Giro Donne we are not starting with one outspoken leading rider," says team director Anna van der Breggen. "Of course we are aiming for stage wins with Lorena Wiebes and we hope Niamh Fisher-Black can ride a good general classification. But everyone will be able to go their own chance. That allows us to race freely. Elena Cecchini, Barbara Guarischi, Femke Markus and Blanka Vas can go their own way by sliding along in a group at the front. If it comes together again, we always have Lorena Wiebes behind it. For Anna Shackley, it will be a matter of getting back racing rhythm after a long knee injury. Niamh Fisher-Black can also aim for a stage, but her primary scope will be a good classification.”

Not having Demi Vollering, Lotte Kopecky or Marlen Reusser at the start means a chance for those young girls to assess course situations themselves and help determine the race. You learn a lot from working for a leader, but in their development it is also good that they get chances for themselves for once and have to work together to achieve that goal. It's an interesting mix at the start."

Lorena Wiebes: "I am aiming for stage wins"

"I have good experiences with the Giro Donne. I already won two stages in 2021, I like the atmosphere and the food is good. I'm going to Italy with a lot of motivation. I am aiming for stage wins. Even the prologue is already a goal of mine, although especially Sunday and Monday's stage are marked in red. That is where the chances for a sprint are highest. I get a lot of confidence from the Dutch championships. The legs were good."

"My first six months at Team SD Worx are over and I like it a lot.I’ve already made a lot of progress with this team and am already looking forward to the rest of the season. With the Tour, hopefully the World Championship and the European Championship coming up, there are still important goals for me. I therefore need this Giro, combined with a training block, to be ready for the rest of the season.

Niamh Fisher-Black: "I am aiming for a good final classification"

"I really wanted to ride the Giro. This stage race is best suited to me. It is always a challenging course with quite a lot of altimeters," says Niamh Fisher-Black. "After my stage win in the Tour of Switzerland, I feel I have made strides. For my development, it is important that now, for the first time, I also really make a goal of a final classification in a big tour myself. Last year I finished fifth in the Giro. I learned a lot there. Not only physically, but also mentally. Now I want to enter the Giro with the pressure for someone who wants to contend the general classification. This is good for my development.”

"We are coming to the start with a nice team. We have a lot of different cards to play. It will be a matter of finding a good balance between the different goals."

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