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"In this team I find the experience to help me further develop as a rider."
Today we proudly present you the first new name that will join the Lotto Soudal Ladies team in 2020: Christina Siggaard (25). The past three seasons this Danish rider was part of Team Virtu, a team that ceases to exist at the end of the year. In July Siggaard won the first stage of the BeNe Ladies Tour, while she triumphed at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2018. She loves the Belgian passion for cycling and that’s why she chose to come to Lotto Soudal. At the moment she is suffering from a concussion that she incurred at the end of August, but she’s already looking forward to 2020 with a lot of enthusiasm.
Christina Siggaard: “I love racing in Belgium, because of the Belgian mentality about cycling. It gets the best out of me. It was always on the cards that one day I would race for a Belgian team. There’s no team I would rather go to next season than Lotto Soudal. When you race in Belgium you always feel the excitement. At a Belgian race there are always many spectators at the side of the road, not only family or people who are personally involved. Belgians are passionate about cycling and that’s something I can relate to. People in Belgium are proud of their races. And I love those spring Classics, that’s the highlight of my season.”
“I’m a puncheur. I’m good on smaller climbs. I’m not a top sprinter, but I am fast when we get to the finish with a smaller group at the end of a very hard race. I always target the spring Classics, especially Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Dwars door Vlaanderen and Ronde van Vlaanderen. And the national championships are always a goal too. I’m looking forward to the spring races with my new team, I hope we can set a good team performance. In the future I also want to improve my time trial skills, because in stage races that’s an advantage. That can lead to better GC results in stage races further down the track.”
"When you race in Belgium you always feel the excitement."
Christna Siggaard: “This winter I might head to the south before New Year to do some training in the sun, like I did in the past. But before I start preparing for the upcoming season my concussion needs to heal. I crashed in the penultimate stage of the Tour of Norway at the end of August. It only became clear one month later, after GP Isbergues, that I had a concussion. This meant I couldn’t take part in the Worlds. But I’m on the mend now, I’m feeling better.”
“At the moment I’m in the last semester of my nutrition and health studies. I’m interested in what nutrition can do to our body and how it can help us, not only the influence on performances but also in the day to day life. I’m dairy intolerant myself. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, especially to make sweets such as cakes. I like to experiment with alternatives: to use natural sweeteners instead of sugar for example or to make gluten-free or dairy-free versions.”
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