After yesterday’s TTT, the peloton were back in action today in Vårgårda for the road race; faced with a 125 kilometre route that started with a larger loop which included some gravel sections, before nine laps of a closing circuit where a short hill was the focal point.
After some early attacks one lone rider got away, with the team working well together to help control the gap. Eventually the solo leader was brought back on the local circuit going into the last 40 kilometres. As a result the attacks started all over again with Elise Uijen, Francesca Barale and Esmée Peperkamp riding brilliantly to control things, bringing back small groups and setting a steady tempo.
Heading onto the penultimate lap the pace drastically increased and the bunch split on the climb with Pfeiffer Georgi, Floortje Mackaij and Lorena Wiebes making the elite front group of around 20. However, it wasn’t settled at the front and another flurry of attacks occurred before a trio attacked with Georgi jumping on the wheel to cover. Sitting on the back, playing the card of having Wiebes behind, Georgi kept a cool head as the race headed into the final ten kilometres.
The gap held steady at around 15 seconds but heading into the final two kilometres it was clear the leading group would fight it out for the win. Not wanting to wait for a sprint, Georgi launched an attack from the back of the group, hoping to catch the others unaware. Managing to distance Demey; Vos and Cordon-Ragot closed her down and the trio came around the last corner together – setting up a sprint. Giving her all to the line, Georgi crossed the finish in a strong third place while behind Wiebes took the sprint from the bunch – making it a double top five on the day for Team DSM.
*After the race Vos was DSQ’d, meaning Georgi takes second with Wiebes fourth. The following quotes were also taken before this news was announced*
|1||CORDON-RAGOT Audrey||Trek - Segafredo||3:10:47||400|
|2||GEORGI Pfeiffer||Team DSM||,,||320|
|3||DEMEY Valerie||Liv Racing Xstra||0:06||260|