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12th Grand Prix de Dottignies 2013

 

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Dottignies, Belgium 

Race Writeup

Contrary to the usual manner in which 'Dottignies' unfolds, a break was formed in the first few kilometres and continued, albeit reduced in numbers, until the finish. For the second day in a row, the peloton was treated to sunny and dry conditions, but a strong and biting wind promised to shake things up on the day after Ronde van Vlaanderen. The break was made before the race turned into the headwind, which emphasised the gaps between the groups.

The break maintained a gap which hovered around 50 seconds until the final lap. Within the group were five of the six Rabo Women team, eventual winner, Vera Koedooder (Sengers Ladies Team) and debutant for her new team, (track) Olympic and World Champion, Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda). 

At the beginning of the final lap, the advantage had dropped to just 30 seconds. Three kilometres later, it was only 14 seconds. On the mountains competition climb just outside Dottignies, Noemi Cantele (Be Pink) led an acceleration which swept up some of the stragglers from the lead group. Rabo Women were down to three in the lead group which was reduced to just 8 riders.

Throughout the closing kilometres, Rabo Women's Roxanne Knetemann and Sanne van Passen attacked and counterattacked. Their team-mate, Iris Slappendel was safe in the group, waiting for the sprint, should it eventuate. In a move which is very much her 'signature', Vera Koedooder took off with just a handful of kilometres remaining. She was marked by van Passen, but went again later, that time with Slappendel in tow. The tall, powerful Dutchwoman was able to open a gap on her compatriot, Slappendel in the last two kilometres and had time to celebrate in the metres before the finish line.

Slappendel coasted over the line for second place and van Passen outsprinted Laura Trott and the remnants of the break to take third place. 

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Results  

Position Name Team
1 Vera Koedooder   Sengers Ladies Team
2 Iris Slappendel   Rabo Women 
3 Sanne van Passen   Rabo Women 

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