Jackson: “The camaraderie grows, we trust each other”

The training camp with Liv Racing is over for five riders. Marta Jaskulska, Valerie Demey, Evy Kuijpers, Lotte Kopecky and Alison Jackson travelled to the Belgian province of East Flanders for the Danilith Nokere Koerse (124 kilometres). The race, which includes the Nokereberg (400 metres, 6% average gradient) six times, will be held next Wednesday.

One of the names from the selection for Nokere Koerse is Alison Jackson. She feels at home at Liv Racing. The Canadian joined the team later than planned due to the corona virus. “Liv Racing soon felt like family. The ladies gave me a warm welcome, I was immediately included in the group. We’ve had a lot of fun together. And in the GP Le Samyn we also strongly raced together which bodes well for the coming period.”

Positive energy

Last week, after the Strade Bianche, Jackson went on a training camp with the entire team. “That camp has been very fun and productive. The first races have brought us positive energy. The good atmosphere could also be felt during the camp. We are now continuing to build on that good basis. The camaraderie grows, we trust each other. We carry that over to the races. We would go to hell and back for each other.”

Typical Belgian classic

Jackson hopes for success in Nokere Koerse. “I’m really looking forward to it. It will be a typical Belgian spring classic with cobbles and possibly bad weather. If we work well together, just as in the GP Le Samyn, we can get far again. The climbs of the Nokereberg, in the local laps and certainly in the final, will be the decisive moments. We have to be on point there. We have several riders in the team who could finish it off.”

Sports director Eric van den Boom: “We have already had some good races. Nokere Koerse is another leap. We are at the start with ambition, want to compete for the victory. We have a few riders who can handle the Flemish cobblestone classics very well.”

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