Friday and Saturday welcomes two one-day races for the team in Norway as we race the Hafjell TT and Lillehammer GP races, which ranks as 1.2-races on the UCI-calendar.
With the time trial on Friday the riders are challenged by a straightforward and mostly flat parcours, where raw power will be the determining factor when the winner is found after the 22 kilometers on the road. With no specialist on the team roster though, sports director Peter-Lee Jeffries looks towards Saturday to aim for a result.
“We don’t have any specialists here for the time trial, so we’re definitely not expecting to win it. It will be interesting to see where guys are on their TT bikes, but Saturday is the day for us to go for a result.”
133 kilometers awaits at Saturday’s racing, as the riders face the one-day race Lillehammer GP - a race Norwegian rider Kristian Aasvold finished 2nd last year. Finishing on a 10,6 kilometer climb rising at 7,4% in average gradient, the race is sure to be a tough one.
“Lillehammer GP is where we’re aiming for a result”, says Peter-Lee. “We’re not a full team here and most of the guys have done close to no racing this year, except for August, so we have to race smart. We can’t be too aggressive, since we don’t have the firepower due to a lack of racing, but I think that goes for a lot of guys here.”
“Uno-X are probably the strongest team on the start list, and they’re riding on home turf, so I think all eyes will be on them during the race. It’s a tough finish. On paper it should be a good final for Sindre, but we’ll see as we go and make our plans tonight at our tactics meeting”, ends Peter-Lee Jeffries.