The final day of racing at the Simac Ladies Tour saw the peloton take on a testing day in around Arnhem, with a plethora of short hills on the menu. Heading into the stage the GC battle was finely poised with Team DSM’s Lorena Wiebes just six seconds ahead of Cordon Ragot and a whole host of other riders within striking distance on the tricky parcours.
It was a steady start to the day with Charlotte Kool and Elise Uijen controlling the earlier proceedings but after around 20 kilometres the action started and a flurry of attacks caused the bunch to explode. Leah Kirchmann and Franziska Koch brought back several dangerous moves, with Wiebes herself following some of her closest competitors on the GC. Eventually a strong trio broke clear and things calmed down while the now reduced peloton featuring Kirchmann, Koch and Wiebes trailed by a gap that reached almost four minutes.
Eventually other teams started to help in the chase alongside the Team DSM duo and the gap slowly started to fall, with the attackers caught at around ten kilometres to go. A few more probing moves went clear but the team did well to bring them back before eventual stage winner Bredewold escaped alongside Gasparrini. With Kirchmann and Koch spent from all of their brilliant work Wiebes came to the front on the narrow roads with everyone else looking at her. However, with the two out front no danger to the GC and as a result they would take any possible bonus seconds away from the others, Wiebes didn’t pull through. The duo fought it out for the win while behind Wiebes did unleash her trademark sprint, powering to the line to take third place on the stage and secure the GC title.
It rounds off a brilliant week for Team DSM; ending the Simac Ladies Tour with the GC victory, three stage wins, two second places and one third place – a perfect send off for the retiring Leah Kirchmann.