HAVANA, Cuba, Apr 5 (acn) Cubans Arlenis Sierra and Heidy Praderas will race for the Astana Women's Team in the Tour of Flanders, sixth stop of the 2019 UCI World Tour, which next Sunday will be attended by 24 elite squads and will cover 159 km, including 16 mountainous stretches.
In addition to Praderas, Sierra, captain of the side, will be accompanied this time by Italian Elena Pirrone, Canadian Marie Soleil Blais, Kazakh Faina Potapova and Mexican Lizbeth Salazar.
Last January, the club debuted in Australia, with Sierra finishing third in the first stage of the Santos Women Tour, to then win the scepter in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and also ranked third in the Towards Zero Race.
But, in the UCI Women´s World Tour, Sierra has only participated in two stages, both in Belgium, where she has finished 9th and 14th respectively.
Last Wednesday, the Cuban cyclist also ranked 14th in the Dwars door Vlaanderen, which is not included in the UCI Women´s World Tour but does grant points to the UCI world ranking in which Sierra appears 16th.