Wiggle High5 head to the Aviva Women’s Tour this week with its Swedish national champion Emma Johansson and Belgian national champion Jolien D’hoore leading the ambitions of the six-rider team. Both riders have won stages in the two previous editions of the British stage race, which is part of the inaugural Women’s WorldTour calendar, and also finished runner-up.
“I’m always excited about the Aviva Women’s Tour!” said Johansson who will lead the team’s GC ambitions with D’hoore to target stage wins. “I loved it from the first moment and the crowds just makes it that little extra!
“That the course is a bit changed and made harder might make it a totally different type of race than the last editions but we will have to wait and see. Our team is very strong and we have a rider for all different types of courses and finals so I really look forward to this week of racing!”
The 2016 edition of the Aviva Women’s Tour kicks off with a 132km stage from Southwold toNorwich, followed by the longest stage of the week from Atherstone to Stratford-Upon-Avon, with stage 3 taking the peloton from Ashbourne to Chesterfield, while stage 4 starts in Nottingham and finishes in Stoke-on-Trent. The race concludes with stage 5 from Northampton to Kettering over 133km.
D’hoore starts the race fresh from her third straight Flanders Diamond Tour and Wiggle High5’s ninth win of the season.
“I’m looking forward to racing there once again,” D’hoore said. “I can’t compare it to last year… I can’t compare the course, and also myself! That’s the big difference, but I hope I can help the team.
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