VISSER BACK ON STRONG FORM FOR HOME ROUND OF WORLD CUP
April 14, 2011
Following her first ever win in a stage race last weekend in the EnergieWacht Tour, Holland's Adrie Visser is aiming to turn in a strong performance in the Ronde Van Drenthe, the Dutch round of the World Cup, this weekend.
"I won Drenthe in 2007, so I have good memories of this race," the HTC-Highroad says, "A group got away after the last climb, then I broke away from that with a French rider with about two kilometers to go and finally I outsprinted her."
"Last week I won that stage race in Holland, so my legs are fine. Also, I've had five days off and I'm coming fresh to Drenthe. I hope it'll be enough for it."
"It's a long race, with three sections of cobblestones and two small hills, and every year there's always a group that gets away, so I'm expecting a tough race."
"I just hope we are in a strong position as a team, so that when we play our cards, we have a really good chance to win."
"Although there are a few cobbled sections mid-way through, the biggest factor in Drenthe is normally the wind," comments HTC-Highroad sports director Ronny Lauke, "However, this time round it isn't expected to be windy at all, so it could be quite a different race to usual."
"Last week's stage race win was a big morale booster for the squad, and although we have Ina if there's a bunch sprint, we'll be looking to open up the race with other opportunities as well."
HTC-Highroad for Ronde Van Drenthe: Judith Ardnt (Ger); Charlotte Becker (Ger); Emilia Fahlin (Swe); Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Ger); Ellen Van Dijk (Ned); Adrie Visser (Ned).