Biehler Pro Cycling is very excited for its first-ever Women’s WorldTour stage race. The Emakumeen Bira will be a big opportunity for the Dutch-based development team.
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The six-rider squad will be the same that recently took on the Vuelta a Burgos, with the addition of Quinty Ton. The well-organized four-day Spanish stage race was kind to Biehler Pro Cycling. The team scored a top ten finish in no less than three stages.
On the first day, Marissa Baks sprinted to the second place and the following day it was Teuntje Beekhuis showing her potential for uphill finishes with a seventh place. Then, in the final stage, Roos Hoogeboom also managed to ride to a best-ever result in a UCI race. She finished the race in brilliant fashion with a seventh place in the final stage. In the general classification, both Marissa Baks (13th) and Teuntje Beekhuis (17th) finished in the top 20, which are impressive results in their first-ever race with proper climbs.
“I think we can be proud of ourselves”, the experienced road captain Roos Hoogeboom reflects on the team’s performance in the Vuelta a Burgos. “During the race, we received a lot of compliments from other teams, and that is a good sign. We took part actively in the race and not only our results were very good, but we also made real progress in communicating with each other and riding as a team.”
“As the team’s road captain it was primarily about supporting the others. In cycling, it is often the little things that make the difference, like telling others to keep on eating and drinking during a race and things like that. I also helped the girls in a tactical way during the race and I feel like I’ve grown in that role as well. I must say I really enjoyed doing that.”
“Besides that, personally I’m also very happy to have improved on my best UCI result. That is not something I expected going into this race. It also was not really planned, because the plan was to set Marissa up for the sprint. However, in cycling, not everything goes to plan so we had to adapt to the situation. In the end, I am glad I was able to take over her role to take seventh place.”
Emakumeen Bira will be Hoogeboom’s third stage race this month. “During the Tour of Uppsala and the Vuelta Burgos I kept getting better and better and in the final stage, I felt really good. So that gives me a lot of confidence for Emakumeen Bira and despite the strong opposition, I think the race can suit us.”
Having been part of the Bizkaia Durango team for two years, Hoogeboom certainly knows what it is to race in the Basque Country. Her experience will no doubt be very valuable in the Emakumeen Bira as well. “I absolutely love racing in this part of the world and it feels a bit like coming home for me. I think it is really cool to be able to show the girls how racing is over here.”
The first stage will most likely end up in a bunch sprint so that perhaps gives us an opportunity to go for a result with Nienke Wasmus, our best sprinter”. “The second day is a bit of a transitioning day and after the third day (which ends with a tough climb) we will have to see how things are standing to decide how we will go into the final stage and that will be the longest and probably also the hardest race of them all.”
“Most of all we would like to really be part of the race again and I think we have shown that we are able to do that. This race gives us an excellent opportunity to measure ourselves against the other teams. Whatever the outcome will be, I am sure we all will learn a lot during the race.”
What you need to know about the 2019 Emakumeen Bira
All stages will approximately finish between 17.30 and 18.10 CET. SportPublic TV will broadcast all four stages on YouTube.
Biehler Pro Cycling in 2019 Emakumeen Bira
Mechanic: Nadine Post
Soigneur: Aron van Houts & Aranka Berends
DS: Stefan van Klink
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— Stefan van Klink (@StefanvKlink) 21 mei 2019