Pfeiffer Georgi secures 6th on GC and wins white jersey competition

The final day of racing at the Simac Ladies Tour saw the peloton take on laps of a punchy circuit around the outskirts of Arnhem. Featuring a few short but hard climbs, plus grizzly conditions, it was set to be a tough day out in the saddle. From the flag drop an intense pace was set with lots of attacks at the head of the race. The team rode well to cover and make a lot of early moves before the elastic eventually snapped and a six rider group went clear.

With all Team DSM riders in the bunch, focus switched on conserving as much energy as possible for the finale. With the stage ticking by, the gap slowly feel after some strong riding by Leah Kirchmann and heading into the last 15 kilometres it was only 30 seconds. As a result, a flurry of attacks started all over again in the peloton and some more riders bridged across to the front of the race. Yet, after a hard chase things were all together heading into three kilometres to go, setting up a fast finale on the wet and twisting roads. Pfeiffer Georgi led the team home with a strong sixth place finish in the sprint, a result echoed in the overall standings where she also claimed the best young riders jersey after a hard week of racing.

“Today was another really attacking race and was constantly up and down which made it a tough day along with some challenging weather conditions,” explained Georgi. “We managed to secure the white jersey and my place in GC thanks to the girls controlling the moves, and we also raced for the stage win today. It came down to a bunch sprint and ended up being quite chaotic with the fast run in so we were a bit too far back coming into the last corner, and had to settle for sixth on the day. Overall I think we’ve had a positive week of racing as a team and on a personal note I am pleased with my feeling during this race. It was of course sad to lose Lorena to the crash on stage three but I think we adapted to the situation well and kept the fighting spirit until the end.”

Team DSM coach Albert Timmer added: “It was a week with some ups and downs for us. We came for stage wins but we didn’t get one but that was also affected by Lorena’s crash unfortunately. We also did some really good things, especially with Pfeiffer and how she rode this week. She really stepped up in this field to take sixth on GC and win the young rider jersey so I think we can be really happy with that. Megan also impressed in her first WorldTour race and showed her talents for the future. Today we did what we could and helped to close the break and set up a sprint. In the final corner Susanne lost a little bit of grip and in the end Pfeiffer was sixth in the sprint. Overall we did what we could and we raced, so we can be happy with that and winning the young rider jersey.”