Kitchen confident of improved Spring Classics performance

PORT cyclist Lauren Kitchen has started her Spring Classics campaign well, but has higher hopes for future races.

I can do better: Port cyclist Lauren Kitchen.

Kitchen finished the Belgian Classic in seventh place after a tough 120 kilometre race around eastern Flanders, in the north of the country.

The race started in pleasant 17 degrees under a sunny sky.

The peloton stayed together for the first 40km before the big teams set up trains into the crucial cobbled section around the 50km mark.

Kitchen’s HiTec Products team placed her perfectly, and she was third after the cobbled climb.

“I’m proud of how they rode,” she said. The race then went on to split on the local laps with 11 riders going clear with 20km to go. Kitchen and teammate Tatiana Gudzero were both in the breakaway.

“Tatiana and I rode together in the move,” Kitchen said.

“She tried to help me as much as she could. I’m just disappointed I couldn’t get a better result for all the work she did.”

She has higher hopes for the races in the Drenthe region of the Netherlands.

“I’m satisfied with my feeling and my form now after this race,” Kitchen said.

“I’m happy to be in the mix of the results but I’m chasing something a bit more in the next block of races.”

Her next race is tomorrow.

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