Lorena Wiebes closes season with Ronde van Drenthe victory
Oct 24 2021 11:16 pm CET

Lorena Wiebes closes season with Ronde van Drenthe victory
Lorena Wiebes closes season with Ronde van Drenthe victory
Team DSM © Team DSM | Vincent Riemersma

Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) has taken the victory of the Ronde van Drenthe, closing in spectacular fashion the season for the formation and herself.

The peloton faced a 160-kilometre route on the last race of the season, that connected Assen and Hoogeveen. On the first half of the competition, the riders went through unpaved and cobbled sectors, and on the last one they took on four ascents of the infamous VAMberg climb.

A group that included Wiebes caught the front women just before the last climb, and they set a pace that made sure that the chasers wouldn't catch them before the finish line. DSM made sure to position Wiebes perfectly for the finale, and the rider made sure to deliver a superb performance, taking the formation's 18th victory of the season by crossing the finish line ahead of Elena Cecchini and Eleonora Camilla Gasparrini.

"The team were incredible today," said Wiebes after the finish line. "We set out with a plan to race aggressively, and that’s exactly what we did. (Georgi) Pfeiffer made a really good move and the rest of us looked after each other well in the chasing group. On the last time up the VAMberg I wasn’t sure how the legs would be after a hard race, but they were great and four of us made the front.

"We just went full all the way to the finish and the girls were superb in their lead out to set up the sprint. I’m just really happy that I was able to finish it off for the team and end our season in a really good way."
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