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Qatar and South African National Championships

Bigla Pro Cycling Team will official kick off its 2015 campaign tomorrow in the Ladies Tour of Qatar. Although the race is flat and one that the sprinters will enjoy, the wind is likely to make things a little tough says Sports Director, Manel Lacambra.

“The last weeks we had a very good and hard training camp in Fuerteventura. The main goal for the team in this first part of the season will be the Spring Classics but with the roster we will have in Qatar I am confident we can obtain a good result there too. But it will be the first race for this team and it will be good to start to know each other and how to race together like a team,” Lacambra said.

“In Qatar the stages are totally flat. We prefer longer and harder stages but probably the crosswinds will make these races far from easy,” he concluded.

Ladies Tour of Qatar [3 – 6 February]
Roster:
Vera Koedooder
Sharon Laws
Lotta Lepistö
Joëlle Numainville
Shelley Olds
Doris Schweizer

Stages:
Stage 1 – Museum of Islamic Art › Dukhan Beach (98.5km)
Stage 2 – Al Zubarah Fort › Madinat Al Shamal (112.5km)
Stage 3 – Souq Waqif › Al Khor Corniche (93.5km)
Stage 4 – Sealine Beach Resort › Doha Corniche (101.5km)

Website: https://www.letour.fr/ladies-tour-of-qatar

South African National Championships [5 February: Individual Time Trial; 7 February: Road Race]
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio will also be taking to the road this week as she looks to defend her national titles in the individual time trial and road race in the South African National Championships: “I’ve just come off a big base block and I’m feeling confident for SA Champs. However, this year being a pre Olympic year, is very important year for qualification for Rio Games. The UCI points start to count from June this year, so my focus will be on the second half of the season. Having said that, of course I would like to retain my titles and take the SA jersey to Europe, so I will be giving it my all this week. The national jersey is always an honour to win and it’s very special to wear it, particularly in Europe. I’m proudly South African and I love flying the flag high locally and abroad.”

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