— Ashleigh Moolman Pasio boosts African cycling’s big push - SuperSport.com Mobi
I can’t tell you how privileged I felt to be just a tiny part of Elisa and Ashleigh’s post-race experience. I’m still smiling! Please read my interviews!
On Saturday, the 27-year-old Boland region resident wasted no time in the road race, using her superior climbing strength to split the field on the first of two big climbs. Her Lotto Belisol teammate, Sharon Laws, the current British road race champion, was on hand to assist and the pair raced positively throughout, forcing their rivals to adopt a defensive strategy.
“I wanted to defend my road title and with just two of us from our team in the race, I needed to make the first move and use the climb – which came early on – to minimise the number of title challengers,” explained Moolman Pasio."
Congratulations Ashleigh Moolman, double South African national champion!
Dany Schoonbaert: “All our Belgian riders will attend the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad together with Marijn de Vries and the French champion Marion Rousse. We aim for a place in the top three. In the week after the Omloop we will ride two races of the Lotto Cycling Cup. In 2011 Sofie De Vuyst became second in the overall ranking at the end of the season and in 2012 Kaat Hannes did the same. It’s time we win it (laughs). The races are very diverse and it is a very nice initiative.”
“This year we want to have more than five victories and we want to set good results in the big races, so that some of our ladies can go to the World Championships in Italy. That’s one of the reasons they have to be good in the races of the World Cup. With Jolien D’hoore, Kaat Hannes and Marijn de Vries we should be able to perform well in de Ronde van Vlaanderen. And a place on the podium must be possible for Sharon Laws, Carlee Taylor or Ashleigh Moolman in the Flèche Wallonne. Last year Ashleigh finished on the fifth place. The Giro Donne is also a goal for her. Last year she was tenth in the GC and now she will aim for a higher place"