Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio: Learning to trust my instincts

I typically target the spring Classics but they have come and gone without any podiums. I was often asked what my goals were for each race but, in truth, I didn't have any. Spending winter recovering from my hip fracture instead of base training, deep down I knew I wasn't a podium contender. In the Ardennes. I gave it my all, but I still wasn't 100 per cent. At Amstel Gold, I didn't have the strength to follow any moves. At Flèche Wallonne, I went on a solo mission but I couldn't follow the final moves. In Liege, I could follow the attacks, but I just didn't have the endurance to see it through.

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Ashleigh-Moolman-Pasio is a world-class climber and the newest member of CCC-Liv (formerly Waowdeals). She has written a regular blog for Cyclingnews since 2016, touching on topics of gender equality in women’s and men’s professional cycling.

From South Africa, Moolman-Pasio turned professional with Lotto Ladies Team in 2010, spent one season with Hitec Products in 2014 and the last four seasons with Cervelo-Bigla. She made a move to CCC-Liv in 2019 and will race alongside her long-time mentor Marianne Vos.

She’s a versatile rider who was second at Flèche Wallonne, fourth at the Tour of Flanders and Liège-Bastonge-Liège, and second behind Annemiek van Vleuten at the Giro Rosa in 2018. This year, look for Moolman-Pasio at the front end of the peloton, and on the podium, during the Spring Classics and at the most mountainous stage races on the Women’s WorldTour.