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Alice Barnes looking forward to making Canyon-SRAM debut at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Jack Elton-Walters
23 Feb 2018

Alice Barnes joins five Canyon-SRAM teammates at the season opening Classic

Taking the step up this season, Alice Barnes has followed her sister Hannah to Canyon-SRAM and will this weekend make her debut as one of the team's six riders at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Joing her on the start line will be 2013 winner Tiffany Cromwell, Elena Cecchini, Lisa Klein, Alexis Ryan and Trixi Worrack.

'The Classics are definitely something I really enjoy,' Barnes says when asked about her upcoming season at the team's recent training camp.

'Going in and racing the Classics competitively is something that’s always on my mind. This year I’m really looking forward to having a team where I can race for them and, depending on my form, hopefully I can have the opportunity to try and ride and get a good result for myself,' she adds.

'The Classics are always great fun: great atmosphere and parcours so I really enjoy racing them.'

With a previous winner of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on the roster, Barnes's hope of racing in support of a teammate looks to be materialising at the first opprtunity.

However, if the right move goes or team orders change on the day, the 22-year-old has certainly shown that she can mix it with the best as a team leader.

While riding for British-based squad Drops during the 2017 season, Barnes finished in the top-10 at both Ronde van Drenthe and Gent-Wevelgem.

Both of these races are on her schedule again in 2018.

'My first race is Het Nieuwsblad, then I go on to a couple of races in Holland, including Drenthe again,' she says.

'After that, the first ever De Panne for women – not three days, just the one. Then Gent-Wevelgem after that.

'Gent-Wevelgem is one of my big aims, it’s one of my biggest races at the start of the season. It’s just nice to have some targets to go for.'

There's another of the Spring Classics, however, that she'd like to ride if it was ever added to the women's racing calendar.

'I’d like to have a Paris-Roubaix, I think it would be a great addition to our calendar,' she says when asked about the omission from the women's race schedule.

'I would love to race Paris-Roubaix and I think it’s something that could really suit me with it being more flat with a lot of cobbled sections.'

Looking at the races that are already run in duplicate to the men's events, Barnes is happy to race those and wait for more to be added.

'I suppose we’ve just got to focus on what we have, with having our own Tour of Flanders and Strade Bianche, and races that do run alongside the men’s.

'They’re special races to do so we have to focus on preparing for them and doing the best, and proving that actually women’s cycling is exciting and sometimes more so than the men’s because it’s very unpredictable.'