Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour 2013
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Stage 3 - Wild wins again
Kirsten Wild (Argos-shimano) has sprinted to victory on stage 3 of the Lotto Belisol Belgium Tour, ahead of Lisa Brennauer (Specialized-lululemon) and annette edmondson (Orica-AIS).
The peloton enjoyed a calm and quiet start to stage three. Halfway into the eight lap circuit race, a two rider move slipped away. The 14.5km circuit was pretty much pan flat. The race started out relatively easy. It was almost boring at the beginning. Nothing really happened during the first two laps. The moves finally started on lap three with the main going on lap four.”
Marijn de Vries (Lotto Belisol Ladies) and Vera Koedooder (Sengers Ladies) slipped away from the peloton toward the end of the fourth lap. They gained a maximum advantage of 1’20 before Argos-Shimano and Specialized-lululemon began to chase in earnest. Five kilometres from the finish, Koedooder attacked de Vries. Left behind, de Vries rejoined the peloton. The race was touch and go as to whether it would all come back together by the finish. In the final three kilometres the race came back together, under the impetus of Team Argos-Shimano and Specialized-lululemon, protecting the lead of ellen van Dijk. Koedooder nearly held off her chasers, resisting the catch until just before the line.
Thanks to bonus seconds for the top three on the stage, Brennauer assumed the race lead from van Dijk. Specialized-lululemon continues to occupy the top three spots on the overall classification with Brennauer 6” ahead of van Dijk and 26” ahead of Carmen Small. Emma Johansson retains her hold on fourth place at 35” ahead of Loes Gunnewijk in fifth place and Gracie Elvin in sixth. While the sprinters dominated the first two road stages, tomorrow’s hilly course should prove far more decisive for the overall contenders.
Kirsten Wild (Argos-shimano) was very happy with another win, “The girls did an amazing job in hunting down the breakaway and closed the gap in the last few hundred metres. The whole team executed the plan perfectly.”
“That is what you call team work,” said a very content Wild. “It was up to our team to chase the break and that is just what we did. At the finish it was up to me to make it happen and they put me in a perfect position. Amy Pieters brought me right to the wheel of Orica AIS with 500m to go and I went at 250m.
“I’m really happy with this win and very proud of the team today.”
Dave McPartland (Orica-AIS) was very content with a second place today, “In the end, we put ourselves into a good position,” said McPartland. “We made the other teams ride today while we could sit back. Argos and Specialized both had to ride on the front to bring back Marijn and Vera. The break was strong, and they took a lot of time to bring the leaders back.”
“Our first priority with the finish was to keep Nettie out of trouble and in good position,” explained McPartland. “We did that, but we couldn’t find each other as it got closer to the finish. The pace was full on 15km out, and it never let up from that point. Nettie didn’t do her own sprint, but she also didn’t have her own train to use. Her teammates put her in a good position on Wild’s wheel, and she had to do her own sprint from there.”
“The last stage should be interesting,” said McPartland. “We still have good numbers. We plan to be on the front foot tomorrow in Geraardsbergen.”
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