“Heartbroken” was once the phrase Charlotte Kool used to put across her reactions to pulling out of the Staff dsm-firmenich PostNL get started listing for this week’s UAE Excursion Girls. The crew showed that Kool would now not participate within the Girls’s WorldTour level race because of sickness.
The Dutch sprinter stated she was once taking a look ahead to appearing her “iciness enhancements” on repeat look on the UAE Excursion Girls, the place last 12 months on the inaugural tournament she received two phases and got here away with the issues classification identify.
“It’s emotional, a troublesome choice as I skilled for months in opposition to this primary objective of the season,” Kool posted to her social channels. “I at all times check out my absolute best to steer clear of getting unwell, and be the most efficient model of myself on a regular basis, however sadly I failed on this. For now it’s well being sensible the most efficient choice. First second to turn my ‘iciness enhancements’ is long gone, however we come again more potent as at all times.”
This 12 months appeared to have a identical setup with 3 flat phases around the 4 days and groups to show off lead-out trains and dash stars, together with a head-to-head rematch of Kool in opposition to Lorena Wiebes (SD Worx). Each had 3 podiums remaining 12 months, Kool taking a couple of wins to only one for Wiebes.
The four-day race starts February 8 in Dubai and concludes February 12 at Abu Dhabi. Staff dsm-firmenich PostNL will now box 5 riders – Rachele Barbieri, Pfeiffer Georgi, Daniel Hengeveld, Becky Storrie and Elise Uijen.
“With Charlotte out of the race because of illness, we will be able to take a extra opportunistic strategy to the 3 dash possibilities to be had at UAE Excursion and nonetheless proceed our center of attention on doing a just right lead out in the ones moments. There are alternatives the place the wind can play a large position, so we wish to be sharp all day, with just right teamwork,” stated crew trainer Albert Timmer.
“For the mountain most sensible end on Jebel Hafeet we will be able to take care of Pfeiffer, Becky, and Elise as our playing cards to play for the general climb.”
The climb to Jebel Hafeet will have to once more play a decisive issue within the total, as remaining 12 months Elisa Longo Borghini climbed within the GC lead with the level 3 win, with Lidl-Trek teammate Gaia Realini completing 2nd at the level within the ultimate standings.
Kool finished a crew camp in Calpe in past due January. With then spring Classics shut to hand, her first get started of 2024 may now be at Omloop van het Hageland and Le Samyn des Dames.