Race report

Liane Lippert and Team DSM secure 2nd on GC at Tour of Scandinavia

Tour of Scandinavia

The final day of action saw the peloton take on a rolling parcours before the traditional finish circuit in Halden, with its punchy cobbled climb and sinuous descent, before the flatter run to the line. It was an attacking start to the day before a break of five went clear after around 20 kilometres. With all Team DSM riders in the bunch focus switched to staying safe and saving energy ahead of the finale.

Despite building up a gap of over five minutes, the breakaway’s advantage was whittled down throughout the afternoon and they were caught ahead as the bunch made its way onto the laps of the closing circuit. Counter attacks flew from the peloton with Korevaar going clear, as Esmée Peperkamp, Léa Curinier and Leah Kirchmann led the chase – and contact was made going into the last lap. Once again, there was another flurry of attacks which saw Koster go clear before Liane Lippert launched a stinging on the last ascent. However, yellow jersey wearer Ludwig was hot onto her back wheel and the bunch was back together. A frantic chase in the finale saw the team move up ahead of the finish, with Koster caught in the final straight; with Floortje Mackaij and Lippert leading the team home.

Coming home in the front part of the peloton which split in the technical run-in, Lippert secured a fine second place on GC; rounding out a strong week of racing where Team DSM won the best team competition, took second overall, two stage second places and four other top ten stage results.

Lippert said: “We managed to defend the second place today. The break got a lot of time and FDJ controlled it, with the team looking after me and Megan well throughout the day. Floortje was my bodyguard and she guided me through the whole day, especially in the local lap, but the other girls also did an amazing job too. Léa and Esmée brought us into a nice position going into the circuits while Floortje and Leah kept us safe there. We gave it a try and I had one smaller and one bigger attack to go for the GC win or stage but Cecilie closed me down. I started to chase down Koster who was still ahead to try and set up Megan for the sprint but unfortunately she lost contact to us in the finale. In the end we made it safely to the finish line and in time for the GC. We had a good week with Megan having two super good days in the sprint, and yesterday was a nice day on the finish climb. Second on GC and some nice stage results, I think it was a good team effort.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 VOS Marianne Team Jumbo-Visma 4:01:25 50
2 BOSSUYT Shari Canyon//SRAM Racing ,, 40
3 GUARISCHI Barbara Movistar Team ,, 30