Coryn Rivera 2nd in Halden sprint finale, Juliette Labous finishes 8th on GC


Ladies Tour of Norway

The final day of racing at the Ladies Tour of Norway saw the peloton take on a 141 kilometre route from Drøbak to Halden this afternoon. It was a an attacking opening few kilometres before eventually the elastic snapped and a two rider breakaway got clear, with all Team DSM riders in the peloton.

Coming to the front of the bunch early, Wilma Olausson and Floortje Mackaij contributed to the pace with the gap to the breakaway standing at six minutes with 80 kilometres to go. As the kilometres ticked by, the bunch slowly whittled down the leading duo’s advantage with the catch made at 20 kilometres remaining; setting up a fast finish. Entering the closing circuits, the team did a great job to move forward en masse, taking up the front of the bunch as the race strung out.

Things condensed again on the first few laps but approaching the bell, the team moved up in unison, with all six riders positioned towards the head of the peloton. Setting a steady to discourage any attacks in the finale over the cobbled climb, a few other riders came over the top onto the technical descent, stretching the bunch out. Regrouping, the team tried to find each other as the race charged under the flamme rouge with Liane Lippert hitting the front and Susanne Andersen acting as last lead out for Coryn Rivera. With the pace high on the sweeping run in, eventual stage winner Hosking opened it up from the front and took the inside line around the final corners. Despite her best efforts and giving it everything to the line, Rivera was just unable to come around her at the finish, ending the day in another strong second place for the team. With some gaps across the line in the GC battle, Juliette Labous moved up to eighth overall; rounding out a solid four days of racing in Norway for the team.

“It was a fair second place today,” said Rivera after the stage. “I’m proud that we put our team to work and fought for the win in the finale. I’m happy with our efforts today and we can leave Norway knowing that we improved every day.”

Team DSM coach Huub Duijn added: “The final day went well for us. With two early attackers, Wilma and later Floortje started chase, and really did a great ride by bringing it back together before the technical final circuit. On the laps we always had control of the situation, until the final sprint where it was a bit messy. In the end, we just missed the win with another second place for Coryn, after some great teamwork.”