Hitec Products UCK after the 2013 Flèche Wallonne - Sarah Connolly

Adventures with Hitec Products UCK at the 2013 Flèche Wallonne

I was lucky enough to get to go to the Flèche Wallonne Femmes World Cup with "the biggest little team in pro cycling", Hitec Products UCK. Here's a stream for all the articles, galleries and interviews from the race

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Interview: Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen

Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen became a new name in the peloton last year, when she raced rounds of the NorgesCup as an individual, winning the Naerbo, Oslo and Trondheim rounds, frustrating the ambitions of Norwegian pro team, Hitec Products UCK. There was only one thing for Hitec's manager, Karl Lima, to do - sign her up! She went on to race the Tour de l'Ardèche with the Norwegian National Team, where she won the Prologue and Stage 1 - and this year she's been racing in support of Elisa Longo Borghini and Chloe Hosking's fantastic seasons - and winning the first round of the 2013 NorgesCup at Sandnes. I interviewed her just after she'd finished the Flèche Wallonne, and she told me about learning to combine racing with motherhood and a full-time job - and making the most of her opportunities.

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Interview: Rachel Neylan

While I was at the Flèche Wallonne with team Hitec Products UCK, I interviewed Rachel Neylan, just after she finished the race, where she’d ridden in support of her Hitec team-mate, Elisa Longo Borghini’s second place.

I’ve interviewed Rachel before, in 2011, on her route into cycling, but in the time since then, she’s had a truly tumultuous time, due to team circumstances and injury, and her 2012 looked like it was a year to forget... until she came back in a mixed team at the Tour de l’Ardèche. Her results there, including 3rd place on Stage 6 and 4th in the GC, earned her a spot representing Australia at the 2012 Road World Championships, where she rode an amazing race, ending on the podium with a silver medal.

We spoke about riding Flèche as a domestique, her Worlds race and triumphing over adversity.

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Interviews! Elisa Longo Borghini & Ash Moolman

Last week I went to the Flèche Wallonne with Hitec Products UCK, and I was lucky enough to be able to interview Hitec's Elisa Longo Borghini, who came second, and Lotto Belisol's Ashleigh Moolman who came third, just after the race, when they'd sprinted neck-and-neck behind winner Marianne Vos.

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Flèche Wallonne from the Hitec team car

Yesterday I told you about being backstage at the Flèche Wallonne Femmes World Cup with Hitec Products UCK, and what it was like in the lead-up to the race. But that wasn't all I did - I also got to see the race from in the team car! Let me tell you all about it....

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Adventures with Hitec at Flèche Wallonne - part 1

I was lucky enough to get to go to the Flèche Wallonne Femmes World Cup with "the biggest little team in pro cycling", Hitec Products UCK. I'll be posting photos, writing and interviews over the next few days - starting with life "backstage" before the race - a gallery of photos and some words!

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