The teams in LToN 2018 : Team Sunweb among the favorites again
Team Sunweb is one of the favorites in LToN once again. This despite Ellen van Dijk is not in the line-up this time. But the team has former winner Lucinda Brand and the American top sprinter Coryn Rivera, coming for the the first time to LToN.
Team Sunweb has 15 victories this season. They are may be the only team who can fight hard with the World’s best team Boels-Dolmans.
Coryn Rivera has 5 victories this year, two of them from World Tour-races: The GC and one stage of the OVO Energy Tour in Great Britain. She is a very quick sprinter and she will be hard to beat in the finishes in the LToN.
Fellow American Ruth Winder is not a bad sprinter either. She is new in the team from UnitedHealthcare and the 25 year old has the last victory for Team Sunweb this year: 1 stage of the Giro Rosa – the ladies Giro d’Italia.
Another hos has taken steps this year and won three times is the 22 year old Dutch rider Floortje Mackaij. She was also a part of the winning team at the TTT-race at the World Championships in Bergen last September.
The biggest hope for a total victory in Norway is may be Lucinda Brand, the rider who won the race in 2016. She is also Dutch champion from both 2013 and 2015, and she has three stages from the Giro Rosa, where Brand ended 4th overall.
Danish rider Pernille Mathisen is also a member of Team Sunweb and she was riding in the team finishing 2nd in the TTT in Vårgårda, Sweden on Saturday.
Team Sunweb is also one of the teams with both ladies and mens team at the highest level. And everybody thinks they’ll be fighting in the top also in this years Ladies Tour of Norway.