Tiffany Continues Strong Spring Performances in Northern Holland

Photo ©Velofocus

It’s been an intense three week block of racing for Tiffany Cromwell, taking her across Europe and into some of the hardest fought races of the year. Reflecting on the most recent races held in the Netherlands, Tiff was satisfied but driven to do even better in the coming weeks. “I am back at home and getting ready for the next four weeks that will see me race Citiglio, Gent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders and then the Emakumeen Bira stage race. This time of year is intense both physically and mentally but I have taken some positive lessons and motivation from the last few weeks.”

13-03-2016: Wielrennen: Acht van Dwingeloo: DwingelooDWINGELOO (NED) wielrennen
©Sportfoto.nl

It is always good to finish a hard block of racing with a strong result and that’s exactly how Tiffany finished the weekend. “My result at Drentse 8 on Sunday was really satifying. To be honest Sunday could have gone either way. We had a great result on Saturday as a team. Trixi finished on the podium in the Women’s World Tour Ronde van Drenthe which was great for the team and the sponsors. The day after Drenthe you are always a little tired. Dutch racing is stressful at the best of times and it’s flat, small roads and continually changing directions, so there is no let up. We started the race at the back of the peloton, which is never a good move and we were joking about before the start, asking if it was true that there actually was an intermediate sprint after just 3km. Starting at the back of a peloton of 180 riders in Holland can take some time to get up to the front, and as we rolled out Trixi said to me, 10 euros if you get the first sprint. At first I was thinking yeah right, no chance, then for some fun I thought Game on! It was good for the motivation, I needed it, so I went after it and managed to take it. That kind of woke the legs up and from there on I was switched on and ready to race!”

Drentse 8 2016
Tiffany Cromwell takes on the VAMberg. ©Velofocus

Tiff made the attack over the infamous ‘VAMBerg’, that started a race winning breakaway and included some renowned sprinters. The peloton never saw the breakaway again. “The race was 140km and we were in the action from that first sprint. In the break, Alexis and I kept each other going. It was good to see her there. She has been going so well this season already. We worked well together in the break, even with tired legs after the previous days race! As we got close to the finish, Alexis and I started to talk about the sprint. We looked around and there were some really good sprinters in the group, but at the end of a tough weekend and a long race it changes the dynamics of the sprint. Pure sprinters seem to lose their ‘punch’ that gives them that edge in a typical bunch kick, instead it can suit your strong ‘all round’ type riders better. After talking we agreed that I would go for the sprint, I was super close to finishing on the podium, but just ran out of legs in the final meters to finish 4th. I was satisfied with the result after a long period on the road, but when you come so close there’s always that element of wanting more.”

Drentse 8 2016
Tiffany finishes 4th in Drentse 8. ©Velofocus

The next race on the schedule is Trofeo Alfredo Binda in Citiglio Italy. “I head there at the weekend and when you look back at the last few weeks, there’s a lot of positive energy around the CANYON//SRAM Racing team. We have had a podium in a World Tour race already, along with a victory in Qatar and rather than just being there, we are taking our opportunities. I am looking after myself this week back home, I have one hard training session and then its time to ease into the weekend and see what we can do in Italy around my old training roads.”

You can follow Tiffany in Twitter @tiffanycromwell and dont forget her adventures on Instagram!

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