Hannah Barnes to lead Canyon-SRAM at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana
Feb 18 2019 11:34 pm CET

Hannah Barnes to lead Canyon-SRAM at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana
Hannah Barnes to lead Canyon-SRAM at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana
Photo of Hannah Barnes by Canyon-SRAM

Hannah Barnes is set to lead Canyon-SRAM at the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana and try to defend the title she took in the 2018 edition of the race.

After the opening of the season of the team in the Vuelta CV Feminas, in which Alice Barnes finished in the second position, Canyon-SRAM is ready to tackle the four-stage Spanish race. Despite being the current champion, Hannah Barnes thinks the team has several options to fight for the general classification.

"We have an experienced team with some young riders who are excited and willing to learn," she explained. "We will be aggressive and go into each stage with an open mind and a view that we can win.

"We've just finished our final pre-season team camp and I am happy with how I'm feeling. My motivation is high and I'm really looking forward to racing with such a positive and happy team."

The British rider also believes the team can profit from knowing some of the stage finishes, though she thinks the race will be decided on the third day with the finish in Xorret de Cati. "We were able to see the final of stage 1 and stage 3 while we were on camp which was really valuable," she commented.

"The stage 3 finish is going to be where the race is won and lost because it's very steep and you could ruin your chances if you get too excited at the bottom. It was part of the men's Vuelta in 2017 so I've been able to watch that on YouTube just to get a small idea of how the final climb might be raced."

Canyon-SRAM's complete roster for the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana (21st to 24th of February):

Hannah Barnes
Tiffany Cromwell
Elena Cecchini
Hannah Ludwig
Christa Riffel
Alena Amialiusik
Omer Shapira



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