Columbia HTC Women
Team Columbia-HTC tackle two World Cups in three days
women's team is poised to tackle two World Cup events in three days this
weekend, the Vargarda team time trial in Sweden on July 31st and the road
race in the same city on August 2nd. "They're both hilly
events, but the really big factor in Swedish races is always the wind,"
says Columbia-HTC's Linda Villumsen. "If it's really windy,
it's easy for the bunch to shatter in the road race and it makes it much
harder in the team time trial."
recent winner of the Tour of Thuringen in
for the 132-kilometre-long road race on Sunday, Villumsen says "The
wind could split it apart from the gun. Then it'll become very tactical.
There's one climb on the [11km] circuit for the race, but it's not too
tough. The descent, though, is quite dangerous. I went round it
today and there are a couple of tricky corners, one just before a
says there's no question of holding something back in the team time trial
because of Sunday's road-race. "It would be different if it
was the other way round and the road race came first. But this way
you've got time to recover. Some riders even do interval training on
any case, everybody will be going full gas for sure on Friday,"
Columbia-HTC manager Petra Rossner points out that "you're only
ever as strong as your weakest rider in a team time trial. We took
second here last year so we know we can do well, but we'll check out the
route tomorrow. As for Sunday, anything could happen. It's a
very tricky route. It could be a bunch sprint or it could be a
said "the build-up for the two races has not been ideal for all
the Columbia-HTC riders. American Kim
Columbia-HTC for Vargarda Team Time Trial (July 1st) and Road Race (August 1st): Kim Anderson (USA); Chantal Beltman (Hol); Emilia Fahlin (Den); Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Ger); Ellen Van Dijk (Hol); Linda Villumsen (Den).
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