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Alison Jackson and Lex Albrecht slated for next race of the Women’s WorldTour

Sunday's Ronde van Drenthe features eight cobbled sections

Lex Albrecht

The second event on the 2018 Women’s WorldTour calendar is this Sunday with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Team TIBCO-SVB’s Canadians Alison Jackson and Lex Albrecht are scheduled to take on the Classics style course.

Round two of the WorldTour will be Albrecht’s first race of the year; Jackson has already seven days of racing down in Australia.

The 157-km route from Emmen to Hoogeveen features eight sections of cobbles and four climbs of the Vamberg, which come in the middle of the course on four short circuits.

There’s also a 1-HC rated men’s version of the Ronde van Drenthe where one WorldTour team, Lotto-Soudal, will race, along with Canadians Ben Perry of Israel Cycling Academy and Alex Cataford of UnitedHealthcare.

Four of the last five winners of the women’s event will line up in Emmen: 2016 world champion Amalie Diderikson (Denmark/Boels-Dolmans), Diderikson’s Dutch teammate and current world champion Chantal Blaak, Belgian Jolien d’Hoore (Mitchelton-Scott), and, racing her first contest for new squad WaowDeals Pro Cycling, three-time world champion Marianne Vos (The Netherlands).

Reigning WorldTour titlist and early 2018 leader Anna van der Breggen (The Netherlands/Boels-Dolmans) won’t have to worry too much about being knocked off the perch she climbed onto after winning the first WorldTour event Strade Bianche. Of the top five finishers there, only teammate Blaak is racing Ronde van Drenthe with her.

The third WorldTour race is the 20th Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio on Sunday, March 18.