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Stage 2

Kerkarde - Sibbe, 95km


Race Writeup

It was hot and hilly for the riders on the second stage of the Eurigio Ladies Tour in the Netherlands. The bunch faced 5 laps of a circuit which included two climbs per lap. By the second lap, a group of four had escaped, one from each of the major teams in this event : Buitenpoort-Flexpoint, USA, AA Drink and Lotto Belisol. 

The four were away until late in the stage, with the Americans particularly active in defending the leader's jersey, held by Kristin Armstrong. In the closing kilometres, race radio constantly repeated the names "Tina Pic" and "Kori Seehafer", both Americans, so it was no surprise that they rolled in after the sprint; their job done by getting Armstrong to the line.

There was a major climb, contributing to the mountains competition, within 1 km of the finish line at the entrance to the village of Sibbe. The gradient eased slightly through the village and as the leading bunch entered the finishing straight, there was a sprint. Loës Gunnewijk (Buitenpoort) just held on to beat Kate Bates (Nürnberger) to the line. Race leader, Kristin Armstrong was third and retained the race lead for another day.

The young rider jersey moved to Regina Bruins (Regio Team West), An van Ris (Lotto Belisol) took the mountains jersey and Gunnewijk the points jersey.


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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Surname Name Team Time / Gap
1 GUNNEWIJK  Loes BFL 2h40'12"
2 BATES  Katherine MX3 00"
3 ARMSTRONG  Kristin USA 00"
4 MELCHERS  Mirjam BFL 00"
5 STUMPF  Claudia MX3 00"
7 ROMBOUTS  Sandra BFL 00"
8 LIEBIG  Tina MX3 00"
9 WERNER  Laure VLL 00"
10 MENG  Lang GPC 00"


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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Surname Name Team Time / Gap
1 ARMSTRONG  Kristin USA 2h56'20"
3 BATES  Nathalie AAD 36"
4 BATES  Katherine MX3 38"
6 ROMBOUTS  Sandra BFL 43"
7 MELCHERS  Mirjam BFL 47"
8 VAN RIE  An LBL 1'08"
9 KELLER  Luise BFL 1'21"
10 SLATER  Tanja MX2 1'26"


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