Pfeiffer Georgi sprints to strong 4th place after aggressive racing by the team at Dwars door Vlaanderen

Pfeiffer Georgi sprints to strong 4th place after aggressive racing by the team at Dwars door Vlaanderen

Team DSM’s Women’s programme was back in action for more mid-week racing over the cobbles and hills today at Dwars door Vlaanderen, with a 120-kilometre route that started and finished in Waregem on the menu. It was a steady start to affairs as a breakaway managed to escape in the opening kilometres, building up an advantage that peaked out at three minutes before it started to dwindle and they were eventually caught.

Setting out with a plan, the team wanted to animate the day and make the race as difficult as possible. This all started on the approach to the Berg Ten Houte with over 70 kilometres to go where Leah Kirchmann attacked and drew clear a promising group of around 10 riders, which also included Liane Lippert. However, despite some good work from Kirchmann and Lippert, things were back together where the attacks started over once more and a solo rider broke free. Sensing their opportunity to go on the attack again, Juliette Labous launched a counterattack alongside another rider and bridged to the front of the race. Once again, the trio worked well together but with 25 kilometres to go they were brought back.

Floortje Mackaij immediately attacked alongside Chapman, who was in Labous’ move, and the duo quickly built up a 30 second lead over the bunch. However, yet again, there were several teams who missed the move and eventually Mackaij and Chapman were caught inside ten kilometres to go. Lippert tried to split things one final time on the last climb, but a drastically reduced peloton headed towards the line together. Working well as a unit, Mackaij then brought Pfeiffer Georgi towards the front as they flew under the flamme rouge, with the British champion producing a good sprint to take a strong fourth-place finish after a brilliant day and display of aggressive and attacking riding by the whole team.

“We raced really aggressively today and created a lot of scenarios to be able to go for the win,” explained Georgi after the race. “It was a hard, attritional race but we ended up coming to the line as a reduced peloton where I tried to go for the sprint. In the end, fourth place is a little disappointing, especially being so close to the podium, but the whole team definitely showed we are in good shape and we also had a lot of fun racing like we did today.”