After competing in her first classics race of the season, Liane sat down to pen her thoughts on how this season has gone so far and look ahead to the Ardennes…
Last year I got some really good results with the team, so going into this season I think more people are watching us and taking us more seriously as challengers for races. I’ve only done three races but I’m building my form quite nicely and hoping to be in top shape for the final cobbled classics and the Ardennes to come.
With the help of the performance team and all the experts, we’ve kept a similar training program to what I had last year, although we’ve added some more strength training to it. Hopefully that can then help me with my sprint power and explosiveness in races, and we’ve already seen in training that I’ve managed to hit some nice numbers because of that. Those types of efforts are needed in the Ardennes so hopefully I’ll be able to put it to good use!
We have such a strong team actually, and if we’re able to be there in the final and use our numbers well then I think we can beat the other big named riders.
It’s cool to have uphill finishes in Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne but I also really enjoy like Liège too. The climbs in the area are super punchy and suit my type of riding well, especially those at Amstel Gold Race. I know the roads really well because they are part of our training routes near the Keep Challenging Center, in Sittard, so I’m looking forward to that one particularly.
It’s really hard to tell where I am specifically against the other riders on a tough course like this because I’ve only done a few races so far, but I hope that we can be in top shape for it. There isn’t a result that I want to say that I hope to achieve, as that can create a lot of extra pressure for myself and the races are often unpredictable so sometimes you can leave disappointed if things don’t go your way. We also have a really strong team and want to play the numbers, so I’ll be more than happy if one of my teammates does well.
Until next time, Liane!