Ronde van Drenthe
World Cup, Round 3 138km
third round of the womens’ World Cup lived up to expectations for a
hard, fast race. Based around Hoogeveen, in the flatlands of Drenthe, on a
warm, spring day, the course included cobbled sections and three climbs of
the “Vam Berg”, a short, sharp climb of about 700m, which included a
400m section of about 23% when heading towards Hoogeveen, 19% from
first climb of the Vam Berg came after just 9 kilometres and although a
tough climb, did nothing to split the peloton. The first selection of the
race came at the first cobbled section, where the bunch lined-out and some
slower riders were dropped. The cobbled sections, although short and
spaced out, sorted the bunch in the first half of the race. Racing through
Westerbork at around mid-distance, there were three main groups, separated
by between 30 seconds and a minute.
significant break was made by Linda Villumsen just after Westerbork. She
managed to create a 25 second advantage before going back into the bunch
after being away for about 10 minutes alone.
The main bunch stayed together towards the climb of Vam Berg which
was 47 kilometres from the finish. The bunch was led up the climb by Adrie
Visser (DSB Bank), who was marked closely by riders including Brooke
Miller (USA National), Priska Doppmann (Raleigh Lifeforce Creation), Trixi
Worrack (Équipe Nürnberger) Zoulfia Zabirova and Tanja Hennes (Team
Bigla) at the front of the group.
was a small advantage for a number of riders as they climbed the berg for
the third and final time, 14.8 kilometres from the finish. World Champion,
Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) was chased over the summit by World Cup Leader,
Nicole Cooke (Raleigh Lifeforce Creation). Adrie Visser (DSB Bank) was
third over and Suzanne de Goede (T-Mobile) bridged across just after the
descent. Also managing to get across the gap was Loës Markerink (Team
Flexpoint) on the fast run in to Hoogeveen. Their advantage had climbed to
40 seconds, until the bunch chase began to claw back the seconds and the
neutral service car was moved out of the gap between the leaders and the
bunch with under 10 kilometres remaining.
chase to the finish saw the bunch catch the leaders with 3 kilometres to
go, but Adrie Visser and Elodie Touffet (Menikini Gysko) were already
planning their finish. The pair managed to stay away to sprint for the
victory. Visser was at the front coming in to the finishing straight and
with a glance over her shoulder in the closing 200 metres, she took the
sprint from a disappointed Touffet, celebrating with a two-handed victory
bunch sprint for third, seventeen seconds later was taken by Marianne Vos
(DSB Bank), who celebrated her team-mate’s win with a punch in the air
as she crossed the line. Ina-
Visser “It is wonderful – a great victory for
me and the team. For me it shows that I have transferred to the road from
the track well too.” Commented
a delighted Adrie Visser after the race. (Visser won a bronze medal in the
Scratch Race in Palma just a couple of weeks ago).
is a great day for the team. The whole team is very happy. It is the first
very important victory for Adrie Visser and that’s great.”
smiled the DSB Bank team Director Sportif, Thijs
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