Danish women's cycling team S.A.T.S. is looking forward to the Tour del'Aude starting May 12. Team manager Catherine Marsal is especially happy about the improvement of Trine Hansen, who finished 13th at La Flèche Wallonne World Cup in Belgium. "I've known Trine Hansen personally since I was still a rider, and I am amazed how she's changed," Marsal said. "Trine has been part of S.A.T.S. team since its beginning and she has improved a lot, gaining strength and experience year after year. She's a hard worker, committed to herself and her team. Step by step she's proved that she is one of the best climbers of the women's bunch. This year will give her the last self confidence to discover her limits, and she will perform on the world class level of the women's cycling scene!
"At Flèche Wallonne I told the girls before the race, that it was up to them to make this happen. Trine looked at me and nodded. Over the radio I advised her to attack at the last 6-7 km, but unfortunately she didn't get the chance. After the race she told me, 'I think I can do it now, I was so close' - so although she was very happy about her placing, she knew she could do even better. This positive thinking will make her take her chances next time she can. Trine's great abilities in time trial and in climbing are the keys to be a GC rider. This is one more step for Trine to the top, and I strongly believe that she is getting very close."