Amalie Dideriksen takes second victory in a row at Boels Ladies Tour
Sep 01 2018 06:43 am CET

Amalie Dideriksen takes second victory in a row at Boels Ladies Tour
Amalie Dideriksen takes second victory in a row at Boels Ladies Tour
Photo of Amalie Dideriksen by Boels-Dolmans

Amalie Dideriksen (Boels-Dolmans) has won the fourth stage of the Boels Ladies Tour. The Danish champion took her second victory in a row in the city of Weert.

The fourth stage of the Dutch race was 124.3 kilometres long between Strampoy and Weert and took the riders through a flat route. The escape of the day was formed by the Israeli champion Omer Shapira (Cylance Pro Cycling).

The rider was caught at 14 kilometres to go and right away Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) and Lisa Brennauer (Wiggle High5) escaped and created a gap of around half a minute. The duo was reeled back in at less than ten kilometres to go but soon Pieters attacked again and Chantal Blaak and Megan Guarnier tried to slow down the peloton to try for their teammate to win the stage.

But the attempts were unsuccessful and the rider was caught in the last kilometre, sentencing the stage to a sprint finale that was one once more by Dideriksen. "We actually agreed to sprint for Amy today, because I already sprinted yesterday," said Dideriksen. "But then in the final laps, Amy was in the breakaway twice, so Danny said on the radio with one lap to go ‘Amalie now we do the sprint for you’. So I kind of had to switch my mind.

"It was quite hectic on the big road with around 1,5 to 2 kilometres to go, so I had to trust my instincts on where to go. Already from that big road, you have three corners in the real final, so from there on, I was a bit on my own. I got the wheel of Lorena Wiebes of Parkhotel and she started to sprint and I could wait a little bit,” explained Dideriksen. “But then I saw people coming from behind, so I had to start pretty early too. Lucinda Brand came really close, but in the end, I was able to hold her off. I’m really happy!"

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) is still in the lead of the General Classification, followed by Lucinda Brand (Sunweb) at 22 seconds and Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana) ay 29 seconds.



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