We kicked off the Women’s World Tour in the most beautiful race in the world across the white roads of Siena. Strade Bianche was a race Drops’ riders had been waiting for and when the moment came, the team put in another solid performance.
Lizzie Holden built on her earlier strong performances and was unlucky when she suffered mechanical issues mid-race. Eventually changing bikes, she stoically rode on to the finish but the time cost her and it didn’t end up being the result she deserved. She was joined by Abi van Twisk who had a strong race of her own working to get Alice Barnes up the front, whose selfless ride meant she suffered towards the end and she crossed the line with Lizzie.
Abby-Mae Parkinson showed heart to get herself over the line just in front of the pair. She too, had been playing her part to get her fellow teammates up the field and did well to eventually get over the line in 68th place.
With the support the other riders, Alice Barnes managed to cross the line in 40th place, a brilliant achievement having suffered a puncture at the foot of the last climb. It was a standout ride for her and a cruel and costly stroke of misfortune as she hunted down the elite breaks.
“Racing the white gravel road of Tuscany was an experience I won’t be forgetting any time soon,” Alice said.
“The race started very quickly with nerves running high leading into the first couple of gravel sections. These were the sections that I couldn’t wait to ride, where I was able to do a lot of moving up having come from an off road background.
“The whole race was full of excitement. Tough gravel climbs and descents followed by fast road sections made for a super tough race.
“I was happy with how I rode. Technically I rode well but didn’t quite have enough at the end. It is still early season and I have a long way to go. I am looking forward to continuing my season this weekend and the next WWT round in Holland.”
All in all, it was another positive showing from Drops and a good way to finish off a tough month of racing. With more to come from across Europe, Drops will be looking to take their early experiences and build on them for the upcoming races.