While one part of Team Coop – Hitec Products finished the Women’s Tour on Saturday, other riders of the team did two races in Belgium this weekend. On Saturday Dwars door het Hageland, a race with a lot of gravel roads, was on the program. Sunday the same riders came to the start in the Flanders Diamond Tour. In the second race, Emma Boogaard and Nicole Steigenga were able to score some points for the team.
Team Coop – Hitec Products have been performing really well between all the big World Tour teams in the Women’s Tour. After six days of racing, Ingvild Gaskjenn ended in 11th place in the general classification, while only 21-years-young rider Tiril Jørgensen ended in 20th place. Ingvild also got top-10 results in the stages. “The team did very well the whole week and it’s been six fun days of racing.”
After she had to withdraw from the Ride London on the first day due to illness, Nicole Steigenga immediately showed her good form again in Dwars door de Westhoek. The Belgium one day race ended in a bunch sprint this Sunday. Behind winner Chiara Consonni, Nicole menaged to get fourth. This season she already got four podium places as well.
The past days have been busy for Team Coop – Hitec Products. Were one part of the team were racing in Germany for already three days at that moment, an other group of riders started in the Ride London on Friday. A special race for the team, but for sure for Josie Nelson and Jessica Roberts, as they were racing in their own country. We got away with some good results, a day with Josie in the red jersey of best British rider and good motivation.
With Ingvild Gaskjenn finishing fifth in the first two stages and fourth in the finale stage, Team Coop – Hitec Products has been able to show itself in the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour. In the east of Germany, the riders found a hilly course on all six stages. In the stages that ended with a sprint of a reduced peloton, Ingvild was able to get in the mix and take some strong results home.
In the Dutch UCI 1.2 race Omloop der Kempen, Team Coop – Hitec Products didn’t get what it came for. Not surprisingly, the race ended in a bunch sprint. But where the team hoped to fight for the podium, a 11th place for Josie Nelson was all the team got. The plan was to go for Sylvie Swinkels, who was racing in her own region. That changed, after she got held up with only two kilometers to go and then the 12th place was all that was possible.