RusVelo opens the new road racing season
The women’s team of RusVelo arrived in Qatar to take part in the first stage race in the schedule of 2014. The lineup is: Aleksandra Burchenkova, Inga Cilvinaite, Anastasia Chulkova, Elena Kuchinskaya, Olga Zabelinskaya, Aizhan Zhaparova. The total race distance is 388 km, broken into four stages. The organizers sent out invitations to fifteen teams, with most of the top-ranked squads in the World among them. The course is flat and the speed is high, that makes it an ideal opportunity to ride into good early season form. The best chances for a victory are split between sprinters and the riders capable of fighting strong winds in a breakaway. Most of the experts name Kirsten Wild, a triple GC winner of the race, as a top favorite.