Stage race action continues as Team BikeExchange take on the Simac Ladies Tour


Team BikeExchange’s women’s squad are back in stage race action next week as they tackle the six-stage Simac Ladies Tour.

Australian champion Sarah Roy will look to build on the strong form she showed at the recent Ladies Tour of Norway, with Janneke Ensing and Jess Allen also lining-up fresh off racing in Scandinavia.

New Zealand champion Georgia Williams will return to racing after crashing out of the Giro Donne in July, while Teniel Campbell completes the squad after taking part in the Olympics and Pan Am Championships in recent weeks.

Team BikeExchange at 2021 Simac Ladies Tour
Jessica Allen (AUS)
Teniel Campbell (TTO)
Janneke Ensing (NED)
Sarah Roy (AUS)
Georgia Williams (NZL)

Sarah Roy
“My shape and the shape of my teammates lining-up at Simac Ladies Tour is great. We have all been training well and everyone is highly motivated. I’m really looking forward to getting back to the race bubble after some close runs in Norway last week.

This year the tour has a short prologue and an ITT which will do some heavy GC sorting, but the last two stages have a surprisingly solid amount of vertical gain for a Dutch race. With around 2000m gained over about 150km in each of the last two stages, I think we will see some exciting racing.”

Martin Vestby – Head Sport Director
“Our team goal at the Simac Ladies Tour is to create opportunities and racing the finals for stage results. I would like to see the team aggressive and represented in the breaks.

It will be hectic, windy and important to be in position. There’s not much rest in any of the stages this year. We start with a short and intense prologue, then the first stage is hectic and could be full of echelons on the Dutch ‘dijks’.

The second stage is a fast and flat TT, where we will see the strong TT specialists fighting for the victory and GC to be set. The third stage is back into the wind on loops in and out of the city of Weert. The last two stages will be hard with a lot of climbing on shorter circuits and a lot can happen in the GC.”

2021 Simac Ladies Tour Race Details:
Tuesday, August 24th: Prologue, Ede 2.4 km
Wednesday, August 25th: Stage 1, Zwolle – Hardenberg, 134 km
Thursday, August 26th: Stage 2, Gennep (ITT), 22.2km
Friday, August 27th: Stage 4, Stramproy – Weert, 125 km
Saturday, August 28th: Stage 5 Geleen – Sweikhuizen, 148 km
Sunday, August 29th: Stage 6 Arnhem – Posbank, 150 km

Photo Courtesy of Getty Sport.