A six rider team will line up at the one-day Sparkassen Giro in Germany for the sixth World Cup race of the season, the last of which was won by Kirsten Wild (NED) who will line up again here.
The race is based on a 15km circuit with a climb each lap favouring a breakaway but if teams race hard for a sprint it could also end up in a fast finish. Team Giant-Shimano have a flexible team capable of challenging in both circumstances.
“Kirsten showed her speed again in Paris on Sunday and for a bunch sprint we can count on her,” said Women’s Team coach Hans Timmermans (NED). “In Amy Pieters and Claudia Lichtenberg we have two riders who are capable of getting into the breaks and getting a result from here too.
“It will be a hard race as the World Cups always are and is an important one for us, but I am confident that we can challenge well here with strong team work and a good plan for the race.”
The team is then completed by Sara Mustonen (SWE), Julia Soek (NED) and Marijn De Vries (NED) who will play an important role in supporting either the sprint preparation or making sure that the team are represented at the front of the race.
Claudia Lichtenberg (GER)
Sara Mustonen (SWE)
Amy Pieters (NED)
Julia Soek (NED)
Marijn De Vries (NED)
Kirsten Wild (NED)
Hans Timmermans (NED)