Velogames Fantasy Women’s Classics
There is always a start to everything. If you do not watch women cycling, you are definitely missiing out on the biggest entertainment in your life. Strade Bianche Donne 2023 is the perfect opportunity to start and here is why:
Raw, young, wild, these womens races with the sole goals of having themselves or one of their teammates raise up their hands at the finish line.
The shorter nature of the races make it pack for action at any points. If you have not started cheering on for the awesome ladies, Velogames Fantasy Women’s classics is the perfect chance to hop onboard. It did for me last year, and to be honest I now look forward to the ladies race more than seeing Remco Evenepoel taking 40km raid solo win.
When it comes to fantasy, women cycling is as simple as it as complicated. There is usually a little more than a dozen riders, who always perform on any types of terrain. Exception being the sprint queen Lorena Wiebes, untouchable last year, she seems to have found her match in her former leadout, Chalotte Kootl.
The name of the performing ladies become familiar as you watch the races and get acquainted to them, their strength and their weakness. The hardest part, is as you expect: an expensive price tag and it all comes down to having the best combination to fit 100.
The second edition of Velogames Fantasy Women Classics will take you all the way from Strade Bianche Donne 2023 Tuscany to Liege in April. You can find the schedule here.
Strade Bianche Donne 2022
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Strade Bianche 2022 Velogames
To our dismay, Strade Bianche did not feature at the Women’s classics last season, but you can have a look at the pricing of the riders and compare to their performances. Velogames 2022 women’s classics riders list.
Strade Bianche Women 2023
136 km long, the ladies have the same finish as the men. Positioning in all the sectors is essential so as to follow any increase in pace on the white road. Lotte Kopecky‘s impressive win last week at Omloop, put the defending in the favourite spot for Strade Bianche Donne 2023 . After a very controversial week involving her effort to performance, she definitely looks better than last year when she cleverly held on to Annemiek Van Vleuten before rounding off her in the sprint.
Annemiek Van Vleuten is the eternal favourite for all races. Yes she seems to have found her march in the mountains in Ashleigh Moolman and more recently Amanda Spratt, but she is remais a beast who will put in some damage when required.
SD workx have another bright option in Demi Vollering, who after a rather anonymous year by her standard will be keep to enjoy her partnership with Kopecky.
Katarzyna Niewiadoma is still running after her first victory for 3 years. Her shape and new attacking style shows that win is achievable but a podium more realistic. Team mate, Elise Chabbey, 6th is another contender for the podium.
A new Cecile Uttrup Ludwig post win interview is due. With 3 5th place, 7th, 9th and 10th in past performance. The dream is open.
Silvia Persico is cyclocross rider who had an amazing conversion to road cycling. 10th last year, better is expected this year at Strade Bianche Donne 2023.
Yara Kasteljin is a climber who is on the right improving slope. After a 12th place at Strade Bianche Donne last year. A top 10 is achievable.
Finally, it would be a crime not to mention Puck Pieterse. After unforgiving battles with Fem Van Empel (mostly) and Shirin Van Anrooij at the cyclo cross season, she is making her first step on road cycling at 20. Seeing how Shirin Van Anrooij brought her abilities to the road, big things can be expected from Puck Pieterse, starting from those whitish road in Tuscany at Strade Bianche Donne 2023.
Strade Bianche Donne 2023 velogames guide
|LOTTE KOPECKY||32||She is the favourite to defend her title fter her impressive solo run at Omloop last week. Last year, she showed she could keep up with AVV. The only issue is that she will have to hold her grounds if Demi Vollering is in an upfront group|
|ANNEMIEK VAN VLEUTEN||32||There will never be a race that she will start and not be in contention of winner. Unless a crash, she should at least podium.|
|DEMI VOLLERING||30||This is a race that supposed to suit her well. Unfortunately 6th in 2021 seems to be her best yet.|
|ELISA BALSAMO||28||The current Italian champion will miss her leader here and it is difficult to see her challenging.|
|ASHLEIGH MOOLMAN||26||She has been at the best form we have ever seen her. Following AVV in her attacks, beating her to the sprint. She will have the support of a full team and is expected to podium as well.|
|KATARZYNA NIEWIADOMA||24||The wait for a win is long due, she is going to ride for her life here. Following every attacks.She will be among the best and yet, she might lose it to a sprint.|
|CECILIE UTTRUP LUDWIG||22||She really enjoys this race 3 times 5th in the last 4 editions. She will miss Cavalli but can count on the support of Grace Brown. Definite top 5 again|
|ELISE CHABBEY||16||6th last year, she is expected to repeat her feat and be in the top 10|
|LIANE LIPPERT||16||It will be interesting to see whether she will have her chance of trying to escape away or does she have to work for Van Vleuten|
|SILVIA PERSICO||14||A real swiss knife of rider. She can climb, che can sprint, she can cyclo-cross. Little ca go wrong at 14!|
|FLOORTJE MACKAIJ||14||With Liane Lippert given half a thread of freedom, she will more likely be the one escorting AVV|
|PFEIFFER GEORGI||14||She is making her debut in Strade Bianche but current form is good with 5th at Omloop|
|JULIETTE LABOUS||14||25th beinh in 2021 being her best results, the French does not seem to enjoy the white road|
|AMANDA SPRATT||14||She has completely resurrected her career at Trek-Segafredo. Following AVV beast mode is not given to anyone. With Longo Borghini sick, her whole team hope lies on her. Couple of top 10 and top 20 prior to her surgery shows that she is well capable of doing well here!|
|ANE SANTESTEBAN||12||It will be interesting to see how the pure climber fare on this dusty carnage!|
|BRODIE CHAPMAN||12||She is also a powerful rider who will certainly be trying her luck by a long range attack,|
|SORAYA PALADIN||12||Candidate for top 10. She has been far from her best recently|
|YARA KASTELIJN||12||At 25, she keeps improving is able to follow the elite climbers, 12th last year, she would love to be In the top 10|
|TAMARA DRONOVA-BALABOLINA||10||A pure sprinter who can put down number if needed. At 10, she might be too big of a risk.!|
|OLIVIA BARIL||10||An expert one day racer who enjoy more hilly terrain though|
|RICARDA BAUERNFEIND||10||The 22 year old German has a big big fan base but it she will more likely be put to sue for Elise Chabbey and Kazy.|
|ALISON JACKSON||10||The Canadian is a very unpredictable rider who if found in the ride group can surprise but that is a far far fetch.|
|RUBY ROSEMAN-GANNON||8||Good sprinter, she has been working her ways up climbs. Finishing 18th last year, she could sneak into the top 15.|
|SILVIA ZANARDI||8||A pure sprinter who finished 38th last year|
|SABRINA STULTIENS||8||18th, 44th, 20th in the last 3 editions|
|MIKAYLA HARVEY||8||12th in 2020. 22th in 2021. She did not start last year.|
|VERONICA EWERS||8||A very talented puncheur who will be trying herself at Strade Bianche for the first time.|
|GLADYS VERHULST||6||She is expected to bravely set out for a long range attack very early. And dear, can she resist.|
|PUCK PIETERSE||4||We simply cannot overlook the fact that 20year old Cyclo-cross super-star is at 4. Nothing come close to bargain. Worth case scenario, it is just 4 credits lost. But she will do much better on the whitish road.|