CCC-Liv fought for what it was worth in the sixth and last stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. Riejanne Markus chose the attack early on aiming for a place in the top ten of the general classification. Unfortunately, the peloton did not allow the breakaway. A group of around fifty riders eventually sprinted for the victory. Amy Pieters won the stage, Elizabeth Deignan took the overall victory. Riejanne stranded in the thirteenth place (at 1 minute and 8 seconds).
“A nice leading group of eleven riders, including Riejanne, was formed 15 kilometres in the race, taking a two-minute lead. This was a favourable situation for us with regard to the general classification - there was one rider in the race that was closer in the classification. Unfortunately, the peloton considered the situation too threatening and two teams decided to close the gap. After a climb of first category, the eleven escapees were reeled back in. Other breakaway attempts had no success either”, says sports director Jeroen Blijlevens.
“As a team, we had an excellent start in this Women’s Tour. But it can change quickly. One day you win a stage with Marianne Vos and you take the lead in the rankings; the other day you are left with two riders after a fall. That is a big contrast. We came here to win and that did not work out which is disappointing. On the other hand, I have seen a lot of resilience in Riejanne Markus and Pauliena Rooijakkers. They were allowed to ride for their own chances during the rest of the race. Riejanne in particular has made great use of that opportunity. Again today.”
Photo credits: Cor Vos