Christa debuts in Ladies Tour of Norway
CANYON//SRAM Racing wrapped up the final stage of Ladies Tour of Norway from Svinesund to Halden. The stage was won by Megan Guarnier (DLT) with Tiffany Cromwell the best placed CANYON//SRAM Racing rider in ninth. Marianne Vos secured the tour win while Alexis Ryan finished tenth on the overall classification.
Debuting for CANYON//SRAM Racing at the four-day tour was 19 year old Christa Riffel. With a promising career ahead, the young German rider impressed already on her first race with the team.
“Christa fit right in with the team from the onset. Her first task was to adapt to the racing and get a feel for how the team functions. Stage two and three were also the furthest she has ever raced. So being able to complete these stages in the main field was the first objective,” said Director Sportif Barry Austin.
“She kept progressing that and on stage three she was already fetching bottles for her team mates in the latter part of the stage. I have a feeling this learning curve of hers will keep rising. Keep an eye out!” claimed Austin.
Riffel said the experience was an exciting one. “I felt integrated into the team right from the beginning. Of course the race was really hard, it was my first UCI Women’s WorldTour race and the final stage was the longest distance I’ve ever done in a race. But I had always my team’s advice and support. When it was important to be attentive, at the front, where the peloton might split in the crosswinds or gravel sections. It’s been a great experience.”
“One of the biggest things I learnt from the tour in Norway was working as a team and to have an impact on the race. My next race will be GP Plouay in France and I am really looking forward to race there.”
The team’s full roster for the UCI Women’s WorldTour GP Plouay race on France on Saturday 26 August will be announced later this week.