Top ten for Emilie in Madrid (WWT)

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Sunday our team raced the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, the last race of the Women’s World Tour this season.

The plan for the day was to cover breakaways and if possible get away with a small group. Emilie was our rider for the potential bunch sprint, she hid in the peloton to save energy. The team’s road captain Tatiana stayed with Emilie to keep her safe and provide support if it came down to a sprint.

The girls covered numerous attacks, Lauren and Charlotte both followed and tried to get breakaways going, but nothing would stick.

Halfway through the race Megan Guarnier (BoelsDolmans) escaped the peloton. A few km later Miriam bridged up together with three Continue reading

Lotto Belgium Tour (2.1)

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First day of the Lotto Belgium Tour the riders faced a 4.37km prologue in Nieuwport. Normally Kirsten would be among the favorites, but due to a back injury she had to withdraw from the race. Charlotte finished as our best rider in 22nd place 26 seconds behind winner Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica) and Simona in 23rd place 28 seconds behind.

Stage one was a flat stage with a coble section and some technical
parts and had start and finish in Moorslede. After 50km Alexis Ryan
(CanyonSram) escaped the peloton and was joined by Sara Penton (Lares Waowdeals). Later the group grew to seven riders and at that point our girls took charge in the peloton. As the group was caught with one lap to go Charlotte joined a breakaway with four riders. By Continue reading

Strong racing in Holland

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This past week our team raced the Boels Ladies tour, a six day stage race offering a strong peloton, challenging courses and tough racing . A solid preparation for the World Championships in Qatar later this year.

Stage one offered flat roads, but the expected winds were missing. As always a few breakaway attempts from the start with Minke Wan Dongen (Swabo Ladies) as the one to succeed. She was later joined by Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo Liv) whereas the duo gained up to five minutes. Our girls started to chase down the duo together with peloton and with 10km to go it was all together. The final was a hectic one, Emilie got good help from her teammates towards the Continue reading