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  SwissEver GP Cham-Hagendorn is another new race on the calendar and the second race in Switzerland after the Frauen Grand Prix Gippingen was added in 2014. Part of a busy weekend of racing with six races means that the majority of big UCI teams are racing elsewhere with formerly ranked number one Orica-AIS bringing the strongest riders in the race.

The Route

11 laps of a 9.3 kilometre circuit starting and finishing in Ziel. The lap is mostly flat but a short steep climb coming after two kilometres. The climb is likely to be the main point of attacking and the repetitive nature is likely to make it hard for the sprinters.

The Contenders

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Orica-AIS

The strongest team in the race and it would be a surprise if a rider not from Orica-AIS stood atop the podium at the end of the race. The only question is who will it be. The team has struggled to claim a win in Europe this year and this is likely to be their best chance to date.

Valentina Scandolara is a rider everyone will want to keep their eye on. Started on the track but is now focused on the road. The short sharp climbs are well suited and from a select group or even a larger one in this race will be very difficult to beat in a sprint.

Lizzie Williams is still in her first season as a professional after making a return to the sport after a 10 year absence. Another rider who climbs well on the short steep climbs but still packs a strong finish. Don't be surprised to see attack after attack from Williams and Scandolara as they know if one gets away has a good chance to win while the other is sitting back waiting for a sprint.

Former Australian Champion Amanda Spratt is another card the team has. Would prefer a more undulating race but still packs a strong finish. Will probably try and get away knowing the teams quick finishers are sitting in the bunch conserving energy.

This year is all about learning for Alex Manly but in this race she could find herself in a position to take a strong result. The climb will not trouble her and her sprint has improved greatly in the past few months after working with SASI head coach Jason Niblett.

Lucy Coldwell

Not a name many might be familiar with but Coldwell could surprise. An underrated rider who finished just outside the top 10 at the Women's Tour of New Zealand in February and picked up overall victory in the Mersey Valley Tour in the Australian NRS earlier this month. Climbs well but the short nature of the climb is unlikely to allow her to do some real damage. If she gets away as part of a small group could finish in the top 5.

Ale Cipollini

The Italian team brings a strong team of sprinters really to challenge for victory. They might not have a stand out favourite but with several quick finishers they have options. The one major disadvantage the team has is they often lack the cohesion to work together. Putting several riders in the top 10 might give you points but if they want to win will need to work together. Arianna Fidanza has a number of strong results this year including top 10's in Argentina, Qatar and China. Maria Giulia Confalonieri is another name to watch closely.

Marta Bastianelli

A strong sprinter but navigating the climb could be a bit of a challenge. As long as she can remain in contact will be very dangerous in a sprint finish.

Other names to watch: Desiree Ehrler, Rasa Leleivyte, Eujenia Bujak and Rosella Ratto.
 
 
         
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