3rd Energiewacht Tour
Stage 4 - Wild wins again
Uithuizen - Eemsmond, 134.6km
Kirsten Wild (Team Argos-Shimano) was unbeatable in the sprint winning her fourth stage in the Energiewacht Tour . Wild's power forced leader Ellen van Dijk (Specialized-Lululemon) to settle for second place with Adrie Visser (Dolmans-Boels) taking third. The attacks started early on the fourth day of racing with Evelyn Arys (Sengers Ladies), Judith Bloem (Restore Cycling Mix) and Bianca Van den Hoek (Parkhotel Valkenburg). Their lead rose quickly, with the gap going out to 35 sseconds quickly. In attempt to chase the three leaders, the bunch was strung out and gaps started to form. Eventually the three leaders were back in the lead group on the road.
Again the attacks went. this time Chloe Hosking (Hitec), CélineVan Severen (Lotto Ladies), Arys and Van den Hoek managed to gain 20 seconds. A high speed chase ensued and the leaders were caught. This chase splintered the bunch into two big groups. This was the major break of the day. A gap of 35 seconds formed between the two groups.
Another attack created a new lead group 3 leaders Shara Gillow (Orica-AIS) van Severen and Arys. Their gap quickly rose to 55 second. Again the bunch split in several groups as they chased the leaders. By the time the first bonus sprint point had arrived the leaders were back in the leading bunch.
With 40km to go Charlotte Becker (Team Argos-Shimano) escaped with 4 others. The five-some worked well together to stay out of the bunch and with 30km to go Wild, van Dijk, Visser and Loes Gunnewijk (Orica-Ais) connected with the break. The chaser closed in and a leading group of 18 formed that included; Wild, Becker (Team Argos - Shimano), , van Dikk and Brennaeur (Specialized - Lululemon), , Visser, Armitsteads (Boels Dolmans), Edmondson, Elvin and Gunnewijk (Orica-AIS), D'Hoore, (Lotto Belisol), Brand, Slappendel, Neff, van Paassen and Van Vleuten (Rabo Women), Antoshina (MCipollini Giordana), Van Der Breggen (Sengers Ladies) and Hosking (Hitec Products UCK), ,
An attack from Armitstead, Brand, Edmondson, Becker and Dhoore created a 45 second gap to four chasers, Van Dijk, Wild Visser and Gunnewijk. Antoshina (MCipollini Giordana) made the jump and a leading group of 10 formed with 20km to go.
With 10km to go, the chasing group were trying hard to close in. With 5km to go the gap to the chase was 15 seconds back.
Gunnewijk tried to attack but she was chased and the group were back together. Almost immediately, Armitstead attacked. Again the group closed the gap. A counter attack from Becker with 3km to go was closed again. With 1k to go, the leaders were all together and the sprint lead outs started. Becker defied them all taking Wild to the finish where she completed yet another great sprint.
Kirsten Wild (Argos Shimano) was very happy with win number 4, "Even after 4 wins it is still very special to win," said Kirsten Wild. "I knew I was in good shape, but I didn't think it was this good. At the moment I am in a flow, everything works and falls into place. It isn't that I don't have to work for it, or that is doesn't hurt, but when it goes like this, hurting is not that bad and you are able to keep on going. The team did an amazing job today, the girls in the bunch kept pressure from the back and Charlotte countered all the attacks and did a great lead out for me in the final kilometre."
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