Making big steps in her development since joining Team DSM, fast sprint star Charlotte Kool showed her qualities this afternoon with a sublime sprint victory at GP Eco-Struct after being protected throughout the day and set up superbly by the team in the finale.
Setting out from Wichelen this afternoon, Team DSM were looking to make it a hat-trick of wins at GP Eco-Struct, having won the previous two editions of the race. Faced with a predominantly flat parcours and due to their dominance in the past, most of the onus was set on the team to control proceedings – and that they did.
After a slower start, the attacks began and the team forced the hands of their opposition by infiltrating the move of nine with Franziska Koch and Lorena Wiebes. Despite the move only getting a maximum of 30 seconds, it meant that the pace was high and other teams had to burn some matches to close it down while the rest of the Team DSM riders got an easier ride in the bunch. Eventually things were brought back to heel and one lone rider forged on, as Esmée Peperkamp took over the pace setting at the front.
With all eyes in the team on the goal of setting up fast finisher Kool for the finale, the gap was slowly brought down and the catch made at just over three kilometres to go, where the team further increased the intensity in the bunch and began peeling off one-by-one in the lead out. Launching her effort in sight of the finish gantry, Kool showed her great sprint qualities, romping home to a brilliant victory with Wiebes rounding out the podium, making a great 1-3 on the day for Team DSM. The result marks Kool’s first win for the team and the Women’s program’s fifth of the season.
|1||KOOL Charlotte||Team DSM||3:21:59||125|
|2||BARBIERI Rachele||Liv Racing Xstra||,,||85|
|3||WIEBES Lorena||Team DSM||,,||70|