Liv Racing Xstra is on its way to Sweden for the next UCI Women’s WorldTour race. There is the Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden taking place this weekend. Liv Racing Xstra will only participate in the road race on Sunday. Team manager Giorgia Bronzini has selected the following riders: Marta Jaskulska, Katia Ragusa, Quinty Ton, Tereza Neumanova, Jeanne Korevaar and Valerie Demey.
The road race has a 126-kilometre course. At the beginning of the race, the riders will face three unpaved sections. The final will be on a local circuit of 11 kilometres. The riders will complete this circuit eight times.
For Quinty Ton the Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden is the race where she makes her comeback. She was sidelined for the past month following a crash at the Giro d’Italia Donne in which she suffered two broken ribs and a fractured shoulder blade. “I’m not 100 per cent the old one yet, but that doesn’t make me less happy. I’m race-ready and it’s nice to be able to return to racing with Liv Racing Xstra faster than expected.”
In the week after the crash, Quinty Ton was already back on the bike. Recently she went to the Vosges in France for a good training block. “I will have to wait and see if I can handle the level right away, but the basis is good. I’ve been training well and now I want to show what I am capable of again”, says Quinty Ton.
“The goal is to make it an offensive race. That’s possible with the three gravel sections that make the course selective, although they are quite early in the race. Then we enter the local circuit. Last week I did two criteriums, so hopefully they have contributed to my speed. If a breakaway doesn’t work out, with Tereza Neumanova we have someone who can do a strong sprint.”