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Race Preview: JUNE 13 – 21

The Ster ZLM Toer GP Jan van Heeswijk starts this Wednesday evening with a 6.8km prologue in the streets of Goes. The second stage is a flat one which will probably end in a bunch sprint. This will be followed by two hilly stages with the peloton riding in the region of Limburg and the Belgian Ardennes. On the final day, the sprinters have another opportunity in the stage to Boxtel.

Coach Mattias Reck (SWE) said: “The first goal will be to target the sprints with Nikias. He is on good form at the moment and performed well at the Giro d’Italia and Rund um Köln, racing to third place last Sunday. Secondly, we have a couple of guys in our line-up suited for a short effort like the prologue on Wednesday. So we will be aiming for stage results at Ster ZLM.

“I expect differences to be small so the prologue and bonus seconds gained on the finish lines can be very important for the general classification. The unpredictable nature of the race makes it a great challenge with plenty of short but steep climbs and more than likely, crosswinds to deal with. Stages two and four will be most interesting because of the chance of bunch sprints and we will go for it with Nikias.”

Ster ZLM Toer GP Jan van Heeswijk (1.1)



Mattias Reck (SWE)
Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN)
Nikias Arndt (GER)
Bert De Backer (BEL)
Lars van der Haar (NED)
Carter Jones (USA)
Tom Stamsnijder (NED)
Max Walscheid (GER).

Team Liv-Plantur heads to the United Kingdom for the tenth round of the Women’s WorldTour which begins this Wednesday. The road race which celebrates its third anniversary this year will take place over five stages in the heart of England and it is being considered as the toughest edition to date. The course offers a new route for 2016 with increased climbing, including a visit to the Peak District National Park.

Coach Hans Timmermans (NED) said: “The Aviva Womens Tour is a well-organized race for female cyclists and during the past years the race has grown into one of the most popular events of the calendar. The route is quite challenging this year, with longer stages and a lot more climbing added to the course.

“We go there with a lot of ambition. Leah currently sits in the top 10 on the WolrdTour and we want to keep it that way. We will bring a strong team to support her and aim for podium finishes. There are some stages that really suit her as she is one of the few sprinters who is able to be part of the select group in the finale of the hilly stages. There is also the possibility of achieving a good general classification with Leah because of the time bonuses at the finish line.”

Aviva Womens Tour (WWT)



Hans Timmermans (NED)
Leah Kirchmann (CAN)
Floortje Mackaij (NED)
Sara Mustonen (SWE)
Rozanne Slik (NED)
Carlee Taylor (AUS)
Molly Weaver (GBR).


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