The second stage of the Baloise Ladies Tour was animated by a breakaway. Alison Jackson was one of the riders in the escape group and finished in the top-10.
A stage over 114,6 kilometres in and around Herzele was the assignment for the peloton on the third day of the Baloise Ladies Tour. Several riders tried to get in the breakaway, but it lasted till the first intermediate sprint before a group got clear. Alison Jackson represented Liv Racing Xstra in the front.
“It was good to be back racing after a month in Canada. I got ill over there and had to take some rest, so my fitness is not 100% yet. Still I got in the breakaway today and that felt good. There were some strong riders in our group, which made hard pulls at the front. I didn`t co-operate at first to try to create a possibility that one of my team mates could bridge to the front group. Unfortunately that didn`t happen because the gap got too big”, Jackson told the story of her stage.
The peloton couldn`t close the gap and the winner was in the first group. Despite several accelerations a sprint had to bring the decision. Lorena Wiebes was in the first group and took another stage win. “I tried to save my legs as much as possible for the sprint. In the finale I felt I am not at full fitness yet, but still I am happy that I was in the front group and represent the team there”, said the number six of the day after the stage.
Tomorrow there will be two stages. In the morning there is a stage over 82,8 kilometers from Cadzand to Knokke-Heist, where an individual time trial over 15,6 km will take place later on the day.