Continuing from where they left off yesterday, Lorena Wiebes and Team DSM made it back to back wins at the Women’s Tour this afternoon thanks to a committed late chase and brilliant lead out, all of which were rounded off impeccably with a powerful sprint finish.
Undulating terrain awaited the peloton today at the Women’s Tour with some tough climbs potentially acting as a launchpad for those looking to stop the sprinters. The team started the stage with confidence, guided by local rider Pfeiffer Georgi, aiming to get over the climbs in a group and set up a fast finale. As expected, the climbers set a fierce pace and split the bunch but the team stuck together superbly and committed fully to a chase, eventually bringing Wiebes back into contention inside the last ten kilometres. Heading into the finale Megan Jastrab kept Georgi and Wiebes in a good position before the British champion took over, piloting Wiebes brilliantly through the final kilometre. Swinging off with the line in sight, Georgi left Wiebes with only open road in front of her, who then duly delivered once again with a commanding sprint victory; moving into the race lead ahead of tomorrow’s hilly stage.
“Today was a hard stage, with attacks from the beginning of the race,” expressed Wiebes. “The girls did a great job reacting to them all. On the first climbs we were in good position and Leah and Franzi kept the pace up because of the breakaway. On the second last climb I was with Charlotte and Pfeiffer in the second group but when we started the last climb they brought it back to the first group. The peloton then split again and Megan and I ended up in the group of chasers. Megan did a really strong effort to bring me back to the lead group and things then slowed. In the last five kilometres, Pfeiffer and Megan came back to the front and did a great lead out in finale and I’m really happy to finish it off for them. I’m really proud of the girls again and all the work they did today. We will go all-in tomorrow to try and make it three.”
Team DSM coach Albert Timmer added: “I think we can be more than happy about today. It was a hard stage today and was not easy. On the last climbs it exploded completely. We had Megan and Lorena in the chasing group behind the 18 riders and Megan did an amazing job to help close it, it was really impressive, with Pfeiffer coming back in the last ten kilometres which was really nice. It meant we could do a proper lead out with Lorena finishing it off in style. I’m more than happy with the teamwork we showed today and of course the result at the end.”