For many years now, all-rounder Moolman has been a fixture in both heavy stage races and hilly one-day races. With every climb, she can be seen riding near the top of the peloton. “Ashleigh is one of the best climbers of all female riders. With her in our ranks, we can win the race. Although she still has to learn to take advantage of the team a bit more. She won a stage of the Giro last year. When she takes off, she is an excellent rider who knows how to finish a race. She has been around for some time now, but I still see plenty of opportunities for her to shine”, sporting director Danny Stam says.
Moolman Pasio is satisfied with her first year at Team SD Worx. “I used to be the only leader in my previous team, so it took me a while to get used to my new position. But now I love it. It got me out of my shell. I am not afraid to take more risks because now I know there is a strong team behind me.”
Moolman Pasio has been one of the most consistent riders in the Giro Rosa rankings in recent years. In 2018, the South African finished second in this appealing stage race after Annemiek van Vleuten and in 2019 she came in fourth on the Italian roads. Last year, she took on a starring role in our victory tour in the Giro, where Team SD Worx swept the entire podium. She came in second.
For the former South African road champion, this is her last season as a pro. “It am still quietly dreaming of winning the Giro, but I also want to shine in the Tour de France. I have never won a WorldTour race, so I definitely want to tick that box before I call it a day. I am sure we will put in another strong performance. There is not much turnover within the team. We click at every level. We implicitly know what the other riders want in the race. That is very special.”