Pescadero, CA - Team TIBCO returns to Europe this week for its second block of spring racing, starting with one of pro racing's monuments, the Tour of Flanders classic this Sunday. The World Cup event will draw the top riders in the world, with Team TIBCO sending a six-rider squad led by Olympic long team members Megan Guarnier and Amanda Miller. The Team comes off a strong week of preparation after delivering Guarnier to overall victory at the Redlands Classic last weekend.

Sprinters Lauren Hall, Samantha Schneider and Jennifer Purcell will be joined by all-rounder Jennifer Wheeler to support the team leaders. The race has a number of key points, including several cobbled sections and climbs, where it will be imperative that teammates bring Guarnier and Miller to the front of the field.

"Megan and Amanda have done this race several times and they know how to race here," said Team TIBCO European directeur sportif Angela van Smoorenburg. "Our plan is to have dedicated teamwork and deliver two or three riders to the final 40 kilometers."

Last week, the Team demonstrated incredible team cohesion and hard work at Redlands as they patrolled the field, drove the pace, and protected their leader to the finish. But Europe's most storied one-day race will require more than great form and teamwork.

"As we saw in Redlands, the fitness of our riders is excellent," said van Smoorenburg. "But in this race, you also need a lot of luck to get a good result."

Hundreds of thousands of spectators will line the narrow Belgian roads as the riders set out for 127 kilometers of racing through cobblestones and steep, punchy climbs. Just three hours ahead of the pro men's race, the women's peloton will follow the same route as the last 120 kilometers of the men's race. Riders will be subjected to 17 merciless climbs, including the infamous cobbled Koppenberg with its 22 percent average grade, as they wind their way through the Flemish countryside. For most Belgians, the Tour of Flanders is considered to be the most important day of the year. The race is sure to captivate cycling fans around the world.

The next stop for Team TIBCO on the European racing calendar will be the Netherlands for the Energiewacht Tour April 4 - 8.