Riejanne Markus finished third in the fourth stage (Arnhem-Nijmegen) of the Boels Ladies Tour on Saturday. Our rider made an all-or-nothing attempt in the final kilometres, but her two remaining co-escapees (Christine Majerus and Franziska Koch) did not let her go. The three, who lost Sara Penton on the Oude Holleweg, sprinted after a breakaway of 45 kilometres. Koch won. Riejanne was named the most combative rider.
“Several scenarios were possible today. The race could have opened up on the Oude Holleweg in Berg en Dal with riders going for the general classification. We wanted to have Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio in the front in such a case. Or, as has happened now, an early escape could be established”, says sports director Jeroen Blijlevens.
“Riejanne Markus had a very strong day today. Normally Christine Majerus was the strongest sprinter of the leaders. We had therefore agreed that Riejanne would come with a surprise attack in the last two kilometres. She had a very small advantage, but unfortunately it was just not enough”, according to Jeroen Blijlevens.
Sunday is the final stage of the Boels Ladies Tour, with the start in Nijmegen and the finish in Arnhem. “We are riding a decent race, but the prize is still missing. We want to go full force again for a win. I expect the same course as today, although the stage will be a little more controlled with the new leader. Who knows, there might be opportunities for an escape with riders who are already somewhat behind.”
Photo credits: Cor Vos