Tour of Britain ideal preparation race towards important sports summer

Tour of Britain ideal preparation race towards important sports summer

"Hopefully we can enlarge our victory total"


Team SD Worx-Protime is heading for Tour of Britain Women with 31 wins already in its pocket this season. Sports manager Danny Stam is satisfied with the first months of the season and hopes to further thicken the win total at Tour of Britain. Team SD Worx-Protime will start with world champion Lotte Kopecky, Lorena Wiebes, Elena Cecchini, Barbara Guarischi, Christine Majerus and Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, who recovered from injury. "A strong team for a course that suits us. The organisers have made it an interesting race on paper," Stam points out.

How do you evaluate the season so far?

Danny Stam: "For now, there's almost nothing to write off. We've had a strong spring. In the Ardennes classics, we performed less than the year before, but overall I am satisfied with the spring. Then, as a team, we rode very impressively in the Spanish block. After the 2023 success year, we did not expect at the beginning of this season to have such a high win total again now."

In the past three stage races, Team SD Worx-Protime lost only one stage. What does that say?

Stam: "First of all, that is impressive and it says that the periodisation is going very well. When the Spanish group finishes its races, another group is already on standby for the new block as was evident in RideLondon. It's nice when you can count on that."

What do you expect from Tour of Britain Women?

Stam: "We are going there with a strong team. Our aim is to get as many wins as possible. It is a challenging course that should suit us. However, we have to see how well Lotte Kopecky has recovered from the RideLondon. She rode an impressive race there, but also crashed hard and had a bit of a cold. For stage wins, we will certainly also be looking at Lorena Wiebes. She has gone the extra mile again this season. She is simply unbeatable in the sprint. That was also her goal heading into the Olympics. That has already succeeded and hopefully it will deliver stage wins in Tour of Britain as well."

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