Racing continued for our Women’s program today at Le Samyn des Dames, across its tricky cobbled sections and twisting roads. From the flag drop the pace was high, with it becoming a race of attrition as a group of around 30 riders were distanced in the opening 40 kilometres.
The pace stayed strong, with the team riding prominently towards the front of the race, making sure there was a rider present in any dangerous early moves. The tempo and intensity increased yet again coming into the finale of the day, where unfortunately the team missed the group that went clear to fight it out for the race win, with Pfeiffer Georgi the first rider home for the team at the finish.
“We definitely had higher expectations for today’s race,” explained Georgi at the finish. “I think we kept the fighting mentality until the end though which was good. We will go away and learn from this, using it as motivation for the next races.”
Team DSM coach Hans Timmermans added: “We were pretty good in the race until the intensity really increased and we just weren’t able to follow. Of course, we’re disappointed to miss the important move that went clear but it’s still early in the season so we maybe still need to find that racing rhythm. We’ll definitely go over the race again and there are points that we can talk through together and improve on, so that we can be better for the races to come.”
|1||KOPECKY Lotte||Liv Racing||2:20:04||125|
|2||NORSGAARD Emma Cecilie||Movistar Team||,,||85|
|3||HOSKING Chloe||Trek-Segafredo Women||,,||70|
Photo Credit: Patrick Brunt