3rd Energiewacht Tour
(Argos Shimano) won the first stage of the 2013 Energiewacht tour around the
northern region of Groningen. Ellen van Dijk (Specialized Lululemon) was
second ahead of Iris slappendel (Rabobank Liv/Giant).
The race was
active and really aggressive for the first 70km. A leading group of 23
riders that included a good representation of the key teams, Wild, the only
representative from Team Argos
– Shimano, with Ellen Van Dijk, Trixi Worrack, Lisa Brennauer, Carmen
Small and Katie Colclough (Specialized – Lululemon), Iris Slappendel,
Annemiek Van Vleuten, Lucinda Brand and Sanne Van Paassen (Rabobank Liv/Giant),
Loes Gunnewijk and Australian Road Champion, Gracie Elvin (Orica – AIS),
Adrie Visser and Elizabeth
Armitstead (Boels Dolmans), Anna Van Der Breggen, Christine Majerus, Maaike
Polspoel and Evelyn Arys (Sengers Ladies),
Danielle King, Lauren Kitchen and Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda) and
Marta Tagliaferro and Tatiana Antoshina (MCipollini Giordana) made the break
the way into Winschoten, the leading group had a gap of 22 sconds. The chase
group led by Hitec who missed the break, went off course. The officials
decides to stop the lead group, bring the chase back onto the course and
restart the race.
Marred by its
second incident, a river road bridge was raised, which again disrupted the
chase group and again the leaders had to be slowed to allow the gap to
reform back to the original gap.
The issues did
not stop there. On the way into Winschoten to start the final lap of the
circuit a number of vehicles on the course caused concern for the riders and
they protested by stopping at the finish line to discuss this with the
commissaires. Finally, with 13km to go the race was restarted and with
a gap of 22 seconds the chase
Wild went early
and secured the sprint against the odds.
(Argos Shimano) had to find a way to profit from the race, "It
was not easy because I as an individual against a few big teams had to
compete hard. Eventually the attack is the best defense, “ said Wild.
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