Specialists do battle in flat and powerful TT in Gennep


The Simac Ladies Tour were back on their time trial bikes once again today for stage two, where a 22 kilometre time trial awaited them. Taking place on an almost pan-flat parcours, the riders would leave the start line in Gennep before reaching the half way point and make the turn back. With very few corners, the traditional style out-and-back course was one that would suit the powerful TT specialists.

With an eye on tomorrow’s stage Julia Soek, Susanne Andersen and Megan Jastrab didn’t take any risks out on course, while Leah Kirchmann, Pfeiffer Georgi and Lorena Wiebes all set solid times at the finish. It was Georgi that would set the team’s best time, stopping the clock after 22 minutes and 23 seconds of all-out racing, ending the day in a solid 14th place.

“Physically I felt good today, and generally I’m happy with my ride as I got everything out of myself by the end,” explained Georgi at the end of the stage. “I think I still have some small details to improve on to get a better result but will take the good feeling into the rest of the race, where we’re motivated to go for some strong results.”

Team DSM coach Albert Timmer added: “I think we did what we could in the time trial. Pfeiffer and Lorena did a really solid time trial, as well as Leah. The rest of the team took it a bit more relaxed with a focus on tomorrow, where we have another chance to go for a good result.”