Aviva Women's Tour - rider quotes
Posted: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:20
The third edition of the Aviva Women's Tour gets underway tomorrow – and passes through Derbyshire on Friday (Stage Three – Ashbourne to Chesterfield) and Stage Four (Erewash and South Derbyshire).
As the eyes of the women's cycling world turn to the UK's first ever round of the UCI Women's WorldTour, many of the world's leading riders and teams have been looking ahead to the race.
Below are a selection of quotes from leading riders and teams as they arrive in Britain and prepare for the big race.
Lisa Brennauer, CANYON//SRAM, Defending Aviva Women's Tour champion.
"I just love that there are so many people that came to watch and cheer for us last year. Including some new routes with more climbs and longer stages than before the tour offers new opportunities and again huge possibilities for thrilling racing.
"It's so nice that all of the towns, communities and schools are involved so much in the tour. It creates a special atmosphere and every rider enjoys being here.
"I think that Stage Four will be one of the hardest. Because in this stage most of the climbs are towards the end of the stage.
"But importantly you've already had some long and hard stages in the tour. Stage Three is up and down all day and the peloton will be in different shape by Stage Four. Our team is looking forward to this race."
Emma Johansson, Wiggle HIGH5 Pro Cycling, Current UCI World number one, winner of the first ever stage of the Women's Tour in Northampton in 2014.
"I'm always excited about the Aviva Women's Tour! 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!"
Jolien D'Hoore, Wiggle HIGH5 Pro Cycling, Belgian National Champion, winner of Stage Two of the 2015 Aviva Women's Tour.
"I'm looking forward to racing there once again. 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.
"I heard that Aviva Women's Tour is pretty hard this year, there's a lot of climbing. We have good riders, so hopefully I can help them."
Hannah Barnes, CANYON//SRAM, Final stage winner in 2015 and Best Young and Best British Rider winner.
"The last stage will be my favourite as it's close to a hometown stage for me! I know the roads of stage two and five really well because it's my old training area. It's going to be such a different race this year.
Last year's final stage was the hardest and in my opinion it is easier than this year's stage two, three or four.
In the second half of stage two there are like five climbs and the last one is not so far from the finish. I think there the GC will start to show. My goal for the tour is to help the team get the yellow jersey."
Tiffany Cromwell, CANYON//SRAM, Former winner of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad one-day classic.
"I think this year will be really interesting. I'm hoping that it's an aggressive race and the climbs are hard enough to make exciting racing, but not allow negative tactics.
"I'm feeling good and I'm looking forward to doing something here. The roads know how to handle the bad weather so that won't be a problem."
Highlights of the Aviva Women's Tour will be on ITV4 every evening with a repeat the following morning on the same channel.
Click to find out more about the Aviva Women's Tour in Derbyshire.