MOVISTAR TEAM’S NORTH AMERICAN JOINS IN ALL MOVEMENTS AND FINISHES IN THE DECISIVE SIX-WAY ESCAPE, WHERE WINDER (TFS) IMPOSES HERSELF BY MILLIMETRES ON VOLLERING (SDW)
It has been that in recent races her classmates have enjoyed better opportunities for success, and today was the turn of Leah Thomas (Movistar Team) to look for her chance in the Brabantse Pijl, the race halfway between the Flemish classics and the Ardennes, about 127km with no less than twenty-two climbs between Lennik and Overijse.
The American was 4th in Ruth Winder’s triumph (TFS) – by millimetres in front of a Demi Vollering (SDW, 2nd) who raised her arm believing herself a winner – after forming part of the endless attacks from start to finish of the race. Thomas built on the efforts of teammates Rodriguez, Erio and Aalerud, who followed the continuous attacks, with an attack with less than 25 km to the end, within the last lap, which the peloton could no longer neutralise, with Annemiek van Vleuten and Aalerud herself going out to all that counterattack in search of her teammate.
Leah, who has already grazed the top-ten in the Tour of Flanders ten days ago, confirms once again her upward progression path to the top, which starts again on Sunday with the Amstel Gold Race, Movistar Team’s first race with Van Vleuten in her home country.
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