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CANYON S RAM TEAM MAN­AGER

Procycling - - Prologue -

Han­nah showed real per­se­ver­ance this year and has as­sim­i­lated into the team well af­ter a tough start. The re­cov­ery from her talus in­jury took longer than ex­pected. She couldn’t ride at the irst train­ing camp but came any­way. It was frus­trat­ing for her to watch her new team go out rid­ing ev­ery day. She works hard and her com­mit­ment paid o f, be­cause when she did join the rac­ing group, she slot­ted straight in – and she made the break in her irst race back at the Om­loop van de IJs­seldelta which was a good sign.

It's ob­vi­ous that she is a very pas­sion­ate rider and she is a great am­bas­sador for the team, which is very im­por­tant, too.

There are some rough edges we need to work on. She’s of­ten in the wind and needs to fo­cus on that. Cres­cent Vårgårda was the acutest ex­am­ple of where she can learn tac­ti­cally. She made the win­ning break­away but wasn’t very care­ful with her re­sources af­ter that and she made quite a few mis­takes lead­ing up to the in­ish. What’s im­por­tant is that she learned from it. You learn from a sit­u­a­tion like that more than any other be­cause you’re so an­gry with your­self. I don’t think she is quite ready for sole lead­er­ship yet. She is still young and in any case it is not the phi­los­o­phy of our team to rely on one or two lead­ers. We want to be un­pre­dictable and keep the other teams guess­ing – she will form part of that mix, and so her op­por­tu­ni­ties will come. Han­nah has a great at­ti­tude and real tal­ent so she will go far.

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