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Abby-Mae Parkinson will reinforce the Lotto Soudal Ladies team in 2020. The 22-year-old British rider, who lives in Nice, rode for Drops the past three seasons. This winter Abby-Mae can be spotted in Belgium, because she takes part in the Superprestige cyclo-cross races. A small sidestep that perfectly matches her road preparation. Today Abby-Mae, who loves the Classics, already looks ahead to that new road season.
Abby-Mae Parkinson: “I’m excited to start this new adventure. Lotto Soudal is such a great team and racing for the team will offer me a lot of opportunities. I’m very much looking forward to racing next year and helping out my teammates. I’m more of a Classics rider myself. I’m from Yorkshire, so I’m used to bad weather and I like racing in tough conditions. My favourite races are Tour of Flanders and Strade Bianche. The crowds are epic and both races are just so iconic. In 2018 I got 22nd at Strade Bianche. It was snowing a few days ahead of the race and that was perfect for me. Even though I don’t really like the cold, I seem to be good at racing in it. But I don’t think anyone does actually like it. I’m also quite resilient, I don’t give up easily. That comes in handy in the Classics when there’s not much recovery in between climbs. I like going really deep. I enjoy tough, aggressive races.”
I love making a race and being able to attack.
Abby-Mae Parkinson: “Next year I want to help out my teammates wherever I can. I’ve never been involved in a proper lead-out, but I’d love to practise that next year and help out Lotte Kopecky and the other fast girls. I hope to have some chances of my own in smaller races, where I can race aggressively. I love making a race and being able to attack. If we race in the UK I would of course like to show myself to the crowds. I have big dreams for the future too. Every professional cyclist wants to be a world champion or Olympic champion. Winning a monument like the Tour of Flanders or Strade Bianche would be a dream come true too. Maybe one day. Fingers crossed.”
“I’ve lived in Nice for three years now. The weather is so much better than where I live in the UK, where it’s always raining. Here in Nice I’m able to train in the sunshine and the training roads are beautiful. But I’ll go to the UK to spend Christmas with my family. This winter I’m riding the Superprestige series. Cyclo-cross complements my road training. It gives me the speed that I need. As a junior I did cyclo-cross and became multiple national champion, but I hadn’t done it for the past five years. It was a bit of a shock at first, but now I’m used to it again. At the beginning of next year I‘ll plan a training camp in Gran Canaria to further prepare for my first road season with Lotto Soudal.”
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