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.