Voorbeschouwing Ronde van Vlaanderen
Geplaatst op vrijdag 30 maart 2012 om 07:24
Zondag 1 april, het is geen grap, rijd ik de vernieuwde Ronde
van Vlaanderen! Voorgaande jaren bestond de finale uit de Muur van
Geraardsbergen, de bosberg en de finish in Ninove. Dit jaar is de
start en finish in Oudenaarde en zal de finale bestaan uit de Oude
Kwaremont, Paterberg en de Hoogberg. Voor meer informatie: Ronde van
Vlaanderen.be Hieronder staat mijn voorbeschouwing op de
Ronde voor mijn team GreenEDGE!
In Her Own Words: Loes Gunnewijk on Tour of
Like the men, our course has changed this year. We used to share
a finish with the men in Ninove. This year, we'll start in
Oudenaarde. After 127 kilometres, we'll finish in Oudenaarde as
Our course includes many of the famous climbs and cobbled
sections that the men will race. We start with the Paddestraat
after 39 kilometres. The Rekelberg, Berendries and Valkenberg
follow. Then, we'll hit the cobblestones of Haaghoek before more
climbing -- the Kaperij, Kanarieberg and Kruisberg. In the final
part of the race, we'll cover Oude Kwaremont, Paterberg and the
The Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg cobbled climbs present the
focal point of the finale. The Oude Kwaremont is an arduous 2.2
kilometre climb with an average gradient of 4.2%. Although the
Paterberg is much shorter, at only 350 metres, it's a steep pitch
with an average gradient of 12.5%.
I am the team captain out on the road. We start with an agreed
upon tactic before the race, but sometimes we have to adjust during
the race. As team captain, I become the Sports Director's eyes in
the race. I often make the decision as to when we should attack and
when we should wait. I give direction to other girls and explain
our adjusted tactics. We only race with radios in the World Cups.
We haven't been allowed radios in other races since last year's new
We have many cards to play this Sunday. Any one of us could win
this race. I can't give too much away about our tactics but know we
are ready to support whoever is in a position to win. It's one for
all and all for one for GreenEDGE-AIS.
I don't expect this race to come down to a bunch sprint. If it
does, that's when we start to have our hands full. We lack a pure
sprinter at the moment with Melissa Hoskins currently focusing on
Track Worlds. Against the likes of Marianne Vos (Rabobank), Kirsten
Wild (AA Drink-Leontien.nl), Ina Teutenberg (Specialized-lululemon)
and Emma Johansson (Hitec Products - Mistral Home), we can only do
so much in a sprint. This is why we always try to force an outcome
other than a bunch sprint.
We want to win every race we start, and the Tour of Flanders is
no exception. The team raced extremely strong at the World Cup in
Italy last week. If we race like that again, we have a real chance
of winning on Sunday. We know how to make the race hard, and we
race as a team. These are our two biggest strengths.
We had a dream start to the season. We were winning every race
we entered. We knew this couldn't continue forever, and it has now
been a few weeks since our last victory. This team is improving
with every race. We were the aggressors at the Trofeo Binda World
Cup, but we just missed the podium. It's impossible not to see how
strong we are as a team. The team spirit is another one of our big
strengths. Everyone wants to work hard and race their bikes. We're
confident big results will come again soon.
GreenEDGE-AIS for Tour of Flanders:
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