Demey: “I want to show my offensive side in Simac Ladies Tour”

After the Ladies of Norway Tour, Liv Racing is preparing for another stage race. From Tuesday till Sunday (24 till 29 August) our team will participate in the Simac Ladies Tour in the Netherlands. The selection consists of Valerie Demey, Marta Jaskulska, Alison Jackson, Jeanne Korevaar and Evy Kuijpers.

Valerie Demey is looking forward to the Dutch race. She has been making a strong impression throughout the season. “Especially since the Wallonian classics, things have been going really well. The Flemish classics were not bad either, but I was a bit unlucky there.”

“I am happy I got the chance to ride the Wallonian classics. I was able to show there that I have made a step forward. And that paid off resulting in a selection for the Olympics. In late spring, things got better and better. Taking part in the Thüringen Ladies Tour with the national team was just great. I don’t know what I had there, but it was fun to cycle around, I could always easily keep up. In June the results were also good. It is wonderful that I was able to participate in the Olympics afterwards. The first moment I was a bit disappointed. I thought beforehand: I will be able to survive that long climb, which didn’t work out. But afterwards I can just be proud. My condition has certainly not deteriorated in the meantime.”

Busy weeks

After returning from Tokyo, she took two weeks of rest. “Originally, the plan was to also start in Norway, but I am glad that I did not do that, after consulting my coach. If it depends on me, I will ride as much as I can. But if your trainer says it is better to take it easy for a while, then you think: it’s better to listen now. There are very busy weeks coming up. One and a half weeks ago, I really started training again. Last week I had a very full schedule, with the recon of Paris-Roubaix on Wednesday. And on Thursday I had a training camp with the national team to prepare for the world championships.”

Offensive racing

In the Simac Ladies Tour she hopes to reach a high level again. “I would like to race freely with the team again. Maybe we can play an important role in the general classification with Alison Jackson. We’ll await the first days. If she is in good shape, I want to do everything I can to support her. In sprint stages I might be able to help her in the lead-out. I feel good in that role. It will come down to good positioning, it is a typical Dutch race. Normally it suits me. If possible, I would like to be in a breakaway myself. Since Thüringen I have showed myself as a more offensive rider. In La Course I was also in the breakaway. It’s nice when that works out.”

Stage schedule Simac Ladies Tour

  • 24 August, prologue: Ede – Ede (2.4 kilometres, start 12:15)
  • 25 August, stage 1: Zwolle – Hardenberg (134.4 kilometres, start 11.00)
  • 26 August, stage 2: Gennep – Gennep (22.2 kilometres, start 12:00)
  • 27 August, stage 3: Stramproy – Weert (125.9 kilometres, start 11.15)
  • 28 August, stage 4: Geleen – Sweikhuizen (148.9 kilometres, start 10.00)
  • 29 August, stage 5: Arnhem – Arnhem (150.3 kilometres, start 10.00)
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