2| Lucinda BRAND
Brand: “We basically kept all the numbers up front”
"The whole week i thought about entering velodrome, how cool it would be. But then I was really focused! I tried to think about the sprint, it was super hard to beat Lotte [Kopecky] even though she was tired. I think getting 3rd was the highest possible position for today. The first part was chaotic. When Ellen [van Dijk] had a puncture, that was quite bad, because it was early on the cobblestones. When she was nearly back, I went in the breakaway with Lotte. And we still had a good team behind, so that was perfect. We basically kept all the numbers up front. For me,...
21| Lotte KOPECKY
Kopecky: “Elisa was just too strong”
"After the victories I had already this season, I was really prepared to try to do the best effort for my teammates. That was my mentality at the start of this race, to enjoy, try to make it harder, attack to make teams chase. I tried something, to put other teams under pressure, but Lucinda [Brand] wasn’t collaborating 100% so the team told me to just try to keep the gap but not put too much effort into and save the legs. I probably wasn’t in the best position to follow Elisa [Longo Borghini] when she attacked. And then we saw she was just too strong."...
5| Elisa LONGO BORGHINI
Elisa Longo Borghini: “From Dantesque hell to paradise”
"That was pure instinct to attack. I saw the break was caught and I thought it was a good move to be on the front and to put Lucinda in the best position to just follow me, and make SD Worx chase. Therefore I just went full on from there. The beginning of the season was not ideal, i had sinusitis and I couldn’t really breathe. I had to step back in order to move forward. I skipped Amstel and Brabantse Pijl because I had to take antibiotics. I wasn’t supposed to come here, so I had no pressure. But I did everything good this winter, and I was just sick for the...
1| Elisa BALSAMO
Elisa Balsamo: “Stronger than ever”
The first edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift was also your first race with the rainbow jersey. What are your memories?
It was a special day! A really hard and crazy one. I was exhausted at the end of the race but I really wanted to go all the way to the end, especially since it was my first time with the rainbow jersey. I crashed but I made it. So I was very happy to arrive in the velodrome. I think it took me a week to recover afterwards! My hands were so painful… It was a hard one, but an epic one. And I hope we’ll have a dry one this time!
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