After a good first month of the classics for the team, more cobbles and the Ardennes awaited our Men’s and Women’s programs in April. While it was a quieter month for our Development program, some had the chance to gain some valuable experience with the Men’s program within the mixed races.
The month kicked off with the second monument of the year: Ronde van Vlaanderen. The race became the expected tough battle for glory, with Juliette Labous putting on a strong fight for the team. She followed the best in the crucial moments and sprinted to a strong sixth place from the first chasing group behind the solo winner.
Both programs continued at Scheldeprijs, which is dubbed the unofficial World Championships for sprinters, and one where the team has tasted success in the past. The team did a great job in both races, present in the peloton through the whole day, bringing their finishers to a nice spot for the final sprint to the line. Both of which were rewarded with second places by Sam Welsford and Charlotte Kool.
Meanwhile, the Development program were back in action in France at the Circuit des Ardennes. While the focus was on gaining experience and learning from each other, Moritz Kärsten was able to show himself by riding strongly in the breakaway on the hilly second stage. He couldn’t follow the very best, but finished ahead of the chasing peloton with a strong fourth place.
France was the location for the third monument of the season, “The Queen of the Classics” – Paris-Roubaix. The weekend kicked off with the women’s race and after a fast start, a big breakaway went clear, with Daniek Hengeveld being present for the team. From there she tried to take the race into her own hands and force a selection by attacking. Nobody was willing to follow her move, and she was caught back after a strong solo ride. Daniek went on to support Pfeiffer Georgi into the final, bringing the chasing group back to the front. The breakaway proved too strong and took the win, while Pfeiffer sprinted into a strong second place from the group of favourites, which was an eighth place in the race and a strong conclusion of the cobbled classics for the Women’s program.