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Lorena Wiebes sprints to stage 4 victory

Lorena Wiebes finished off a strong team display of control on the fourth stage of the Women’s Tour sprinting to the stage victory. Team DSM maintain a strong position overall after the stage with Juliette Labous sitting second on GC with Leah Kirchmann and Pfeiffer Georgi also in the top 10, in sixth and ninth overall.

The stage was a fast but controlled one with lots of attacks through the stage but nothing really sticking out front. The team patrolled the front of the peloton, covering moves and placing riders in the placings in the classified sprints to protect Labous’ second place on GC as well as picking up some QOM points in the process before all eyes turned towards a bunch sprint in the finale.

Confident in Wiebes’ fast finish, the team set about getting her into position in the final kilometres, bringing her to the front so she could launch her sprint. Despite losing each other towards the final kilometre, Wiebes stayed in a good position and was able to finish off the strong work from the team.

Labous remains second overall heading into tomorrow’s fifth stage, while Leah Kirchmann sits in sixth and Georgi Pfeiffer moves up one place to ninth.


After her podium duties, Wiebes recapped the stage: “It was a fast day of racing today but we rode really well together. We did a good job taking the bonus seconds during the day in the race for GC and overall we had it all under control today. It was a chaotic final and at one point before the downhill we lost each other but I found my way and was able to finish the teamwork off and win the stage.”

Team DSM Coach Albert Timmer added: “To add to what Lorena said, we had a nice plan to take some sec away from others in the intermediate sprints and to secure 2nd place on the GC today which we did in a good way and in doing so Leah even moved up a spot overall which was good.

“Coming into the finish the girls rode well together but lost each other in the sprint so there are a few learning points from the stage, but before we look at those, first we’ll celebrate Lorena’s victory.”


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