Kitchen races nationals before returning to uncertainty of European racing

Lauren Kitchen with team FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope in Australia in 2020
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Lauren Kitchen (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) is preparing for another season of uncertainty on the back of a 2020 campaign in which the COVID-19 pandemic caused anxiety within the women’s peloton. 

Kitchen left her base in France and underwent Australia’s strict two-week hotel quarantine to return to her native New South Wales for the summer and pre-season, when she reflected on and realised how tense it was competing in a multi-national bunch across Europe with the threat of the pandemic constantly looming last year. 

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