Less than two weeks after her second place in the Ronde de Mouscron, Nicole Steigenga has again become second in a UCI-race. This time she did that in the Leidal Koerse, a new Belgium race on the calendar, that shows a lot of similarities with the men’s E3 Prijs. In the last 10 kilometers Nicole was together with three Parkhotel Valkenburg, with success covered a lot of their attacks, but then got beaten in the sprint for the win.
After a fast start of the race, Nicole attacked on the Paterberg, together with Mischa Bredewold. The two got a maximum advantage of 1.50 minutes on a small peloton. Behind them Femke Markus and Kirstie an Haaften (both teammates of Bredewold) then attacked from the group, after the peloton had reduced the gap to less than 45 seconds. With 10 kilometers to go they joined the front and the attacks started. Nicole covered them all, showing her strenght and even then managed to get second in the sprint.
Results Leidal Koerse (UCI 1.2):
1. Mischa Bredewold (Parkhotel Valkenburg)
2. Nicole Steigenga
3. Femke Markus (Parkhotel Valkenburg)