Race report

Lorena Wiebes sprints to 2nd after tough stage of Simac Ladies Tour

Simac Ladies Tour

Lorena Wiebes survived a tough day in the hills on stage 4 of the Simac Ladies Tour to finish second, winning the sprint from what was left of the front group behind Riejanne Markus who escaped in the final kilometres to take the stage win.

Going into the stage as race leader having won the opening two stages and finishing second yesterday behind teammate Charlotte Kool, Wiebes and the team knew that today would be trickier due to the testing parcours which was up and down all day on narrow roads. The stage then culminated in a testing final 20 kilometres with four hills to tackle.

Two riders spent much of the stage ahead as the lead group was whittled down behind eventually being caught inside the final 10 kilometres. From here one rider broke clear in the final four kilometres and stayed clear by 14 seconds with Wiebes winning the sprint convincingly behind.

With her second place Wiebes conserves the overall race lead going into tomorrow’s penultimate stage.

Sadly, Pfeiffer Georgi withdrew from the race during the stage following a fall to receive checks from the team’s medical staff. After the stage examinations confirmed that she had no broken bones, just abrasions from the fall.

Following the stage Wiebes said: “The girls did an amazing job today, Franzi and Charlotte did the positioning at the important moments, while Elise had again a really strong day and she chased down the two in front with Leah too. Although it’s sad that we lost Pfeiffer. Personally, I felt strong from the beginning and I think we can be proud how we raced today and showed how strong we are.”

Team DSM coach Albert Timmer added: “What the girls showed today was really impressive. Too bad we lost Pfeiffer during the race as normally she would have been in the final today too, but the others really picked it up and we did everything that we could to make sure it came back.

“In the end it did but then Lorena was alone in the final six or seven kilometres and you need to gamble a bit, while Jumbo played it well today. It’s a shame we can’t take a reward away from the stage itself for the hard work but it’s nice that we’re still leading GC so that gives some motivation to tomorrow. A shout out also to Elise for today – she was super impressive once again.”