Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank finishes season at Tour of Flanders, Stephens claims ninth
FLANDERS, Belgium (Oct. 18, 2020) - It's a wrap! Team TIBCO Silicon Valley Bank concluded its strong 2020 season on a high note with a top-ten finish by Lauren Stephens at the much-anticipated Tour of Flanders, Oct. 18.
"It was a really tough course today," Stephens said. "But, just like every race we've taken part in this year, I'm proud of how the team came together. We've become so in sync this season, and it feels amazing."
Lauren Stephens on her way to ninth place at the Tour of Flanders. Photo/Velofocus
Team director Rachel Hedderman said the 136km race over the famous cols and cobbles of "De Ronde" was a fitting way to close out a successful European campaign, despite the odd season.
"The riders were all fully committed to making sure we finished the season on a high note, and each did their part to contribute to today's result," Hedderman said. "It was great to have Emily in the break of the day to represent the team and the sponsors to show we can compete on the highest level. Lauren continues to mix it up with the best, making it into the select group of favorites and notching up another top 10 in a world tour race."
Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank made its presence known early in the race, with Emily Joy Newsom representing in the front group.
Emily Joy Newsom sets off on a long day in the breakaway. Photo/Velofocus
"It was difficult, but I enjoyed the difficult course, the cobbles, and climbs, all while working with the other strong and motivated women," Newsom said. "I kept in mind the fact that we were most likely going to be caught and tried to reserve some strength to help Lauren when the chance came. I gave her a lead out into a sharp corner and a little climb, which made me feel quite good. All in all, the team rode so well, and I am very proud of Lolly's finish."
Newsom's breakaway group was caught on the Taaienberg climb with 40km to go, and Stephens followed the right counter moves to get in the first chase group and claim ninth place.
"All in all, it's been an interesting season with many new challenges to face, but I'm proud of the way the team has adapted to each new situation and achieved some great results," Hedderman said.
The team soaks up the atmosphere before the start of the final race on the 2020 calendar. Photo/Velofocus