"“It means a lot to the team to win races this way,” said Johansson. “There was a big difference between today and the way we raced last weekend, and it shows that when we race as a team, we can win. Just coming into today, everybody was more prepared and focused. I think that was really important for us.”"
— ORICA GreenEDGE Cycling Australia : News : Emma Johansson Wins Le Samyn
Coach, Ruud Verhagen said: “The girls rode well today but the lead-out at the end was not perfect. We will assess what we did right and what we did wrong and look to learn from today.”
“As a team were very attentive today,” said Amy after the finish. “At the finish there was some miscommunication and as a result we did not get the sprint quite right. But I think we can be satisfied with the form.”
— Two in the top 10 for Team Giant-Shimano women at Le Samyn » Team Giant-Shimano
"They fall like leaves from a tree Saturday, the riders in Omloop het Nieuwsblad. A crash always looks nasty, but most of the time all the riders get up again and continue the race. Like nothing happened, as if it doesn’t hurt. In the first minutes it doesn’t, actually."
Marijn Fietst» Blog Archive » I feel what I fear: bone sticking out
Beautifully written blog by Marijn de Vries, on crashing in the Omloop het Nieuwsblad and breaking her collarbone. It’s not just the pain of her injury, it’s the fact she’ll miss all the Spring Classics - utterly gutting
"As I laid there in the mud stuck in my bike, all I could think was that I must be insane to be doing this out of my own free will. Why was I scraped, bruised and bleeding in a Belgian ditch? Seriously!?! The team car pulled up just as I had managed to disconnect myself from my bike. Our mehanic was running towards me to fix my bike but all I could think was that I wanted to quit this race and get in the car. He looked at me and told me to HTFU. I knew he was right and I knew that I would regret quitting and so there I was, on my bike chasing the peloton for the third time that day."
— My First Spring Classic: Omloop het Nieuwsblad | ANIKA (the beast) TODD
"Eva Lechner had an amazing 2013 mountain bike season. In the Italian National Champion’s jersey, Eva opened her World Cup campaign in Albstadt in terrific style, taking the win and setting the standard for the summer. After Albstadt came another three World Cup podiums, a silver medal at the Europeans, another National title, World Cup Eliminator podiums, a handful of national series wins in Italy and third at the Langkawi International MTB Challenge. All this came together to elevate her to the number one ranked woman in the XC World. As well as the guts, determination and talent it takes to be number one, what is so great about watching Eva race is the evident love she has for it. She wears her heart on her sleeve in true Italian style, and her heart is usually smiling!"
— Tips from the Top. Eva Lechner: The UCI #1 | From The Pits