Preview Boels Holland Ladies Tour
Geplaatst op maandag 2 september 2013 om 07:26
ORICA-AIS has just wrapped up the
last World Cup of the season in France and now heads to Holland for
the Boels Ladies Tour. Dutchwoman Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv/Giant)
has dominated this race for the last four year. This year the
multi-time defending champion will sit out the race in her build-up
to the World Championships. In Vos' wake, another determined
Dutchwoman, Loes Gunnewijk, has her sights set on the overall.
In her own words, Gunnewijk tells
us about the Boels Ladies Tour. "First of all, the race is very
similar to last year. The second, third and fourth stages are
repeat stages we've done in the past. Despite the familiarity with
these stages, it's still six days of unpredictable racing in
Holland - that means six days of being concentrated from the start
line to the finish line every day. In Holland, we will have a big
peloton on small roads and of course wind, so you never know where
the move is going to happen.
The first stage may not look
difficult on paper, but that is deceiving. Although the roads are
mostly flat, we'll face plenty of harsh cobbled sections that can
catch people off guard. There's one section in particular that
we'll see three times and it is quite short but extremely narrow
Stage two is the team time trial,
which is very important for us. My goal is to go for GC, and we
will need a good TTT to have any chance at a big overall result. If
we don't have a strong TTT, we'll have to change our focus to stage
Besides being important for the
overall, this will be our last chance to race a TTT before the
World Championships. We had solid TTT rides in Sweden and Belgium.
We learned a few things that we will put to the test here. It's
crucial that we get everything dialed just right. Another solid TTT
here will give us a lot of confidence before Worlds.
Most likely on stages three, four
and five we'll have a bunch sprint, but the outcome is easily
influenced by the weather. If the wind is really blowing, we will
have small breaks. The wind can tear the peloton to bits if it's
strong enough. On the other hand, if it's a sunny day, it will be
hard to break up the peloton to avoid anything but a bunch
The final day is the queen stage in
Limburg, the host town of the 2012 World Championships. This is
going to be a heavy day full of typical Dutch climbs. Making the
stage especially difficult will be the Cauberg and the Eyersbosweg,
which we will climb a couple times each. Between possible winds and
these difficult climbs, the whole classification could change on
the last day.
Personally, I think I can do well
at this tour. I was in really good form in the spring and at
nationals, and I'm coming good again now. My form started coming
around already at Thuringen where I got the nickname 'motorbike'.
Emma [Johansson] was in the lead then, so I worked really hard for
her. In Sweden, I was in a really long breakaway and felt good
about my race. Then again at Lotto I had a strong solo move on the
last day, which Nettie [Edmondson] eventually won.. With the form
that I have right now, I am looking forward to this race and the
month of September to line up a good end to the season."
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