Omloop van Borsele
Wild wins for a third year
Borsele, Netherlands, UCI 1.2 122 km
Kirstin Wild (Cervelo Test Team) secured her third straight win ahead of Rochelle Gilmore (Lotto) and Kirsty Broun (Australian National Team)
This years race could not have been predicted. Kirstin Wild (Cervelo Test Team) was aiming to win the race for the third time, but the inform Marianne Vos (Netherland Bloeit), Nicole Cooke (GRB), who celebrated her 27th Birthday today, Emma Johansson (Red Sun) and Judith Arndt (HTC Columbia) were all contender for the win. This years race saw one of the biggest fields of the season so far, 170 women started the 122km course, 5 laps of a 24.4km circuit.
The early stages of the race saw a number of attacks with no one sucessfully getting away. The British team formed a large group at the front and a number of riders, including Lucy Martin and Nicole Cooke were well positioned.
As the bunch finished the 4th lap, they were split into four groups. Cervelo Test Test set the pace and it enabled a small lead group of 15 riders to get away. The group included,
With 24km to go, four riders escaped, De Vocht, Becker, Cooke and Van Dijk. They quickly gained a 25 second advantage. Becker sat at the back of the group not really sharing the work. Vos jumped off the front of the chasing peloton to the leading four. With 15km to go they had a 20 second lead on Vos and 1.15 to the peloton.
With 18km to go, Van Dijk and Cooke led the break and drove the pace, managing to increase the gap to Vos out to 30 seconds. The four leaders worked well to maintain their lead as they approached the final 10km the gap to Vos was 40 seconds. After 2 hours 48 minutes of racing the leader maintained their lead.
With 8km to go De Vocht and Cooke attacked the lead group but they could not get away. At 5 km to go the lead to the peloton was 1 minute 10 seconds.
Cooke tried to attack again and managed to get a 35m go before the three chasers closed the gap. Van Dijk immediately counter attacked and managed to get a small lead. The peloton led by Australia and Lotto were chasing hard and the gap was down to 45 seconds.
With 3km to go, the lead group of four were together and starting the tactics ready for the sprint but a group of six riders included Wild and Vos were within sight and caught the leaders.
With 1km to go, Van Dijk and Cooke attacked but last year's winner Wild and Vos were chase hard to bring it to the line for a bunch sprint. In the sprint, the judges had to go to the photo finish to determine the top 3. Wild won ahead of Rochelle Gilmore (Lotto) and Kirsty Broun (Australia)
1 Kirstin Wild Cervelo Test Team
2 Rochelle Gilmore Lotto Ladies
3 Kirsty Broun Australian National Team
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