A tough day out in the Welsh hills

A tough day out in the Welsh hills

Maike van der Duin held a healthy lead in the red sprints jersey going into the day, sitting on 11 points, seven clear of her nearest rival. The first intermediate sprint of the day came in Chirk, with 15.2km of the stage covered. While the breakaway took the first and second spots, Maike managed to skip up the road to grab a point and further extend her lead in the competition.

As the day went on, a group of four riders managed to wrestle free of the peloton, but this group was eventually reeled in as the main difficulties of the day came into view. This meant that the race returned to square one on the slopes of Hirnant Pass, with an elite group of ten riders then getting away from a large chasing group behind.

With the finish line fast approaching, the peloton began to work to try and bring the breakaway riders back. We were working hard to keep Lizzie safe in the peloton.

“We came to a point where the gap came down to like 20 seconds and we could see them a few times, but it never actually came back together. Gradually the group got smaller towards the finish. Majo, Maike and Gladys all did a really good job chasing too, so that was really nice to have their support,” added Lizzie.