Team Classification Victory for Team Sunweb at the OVO British Women’s Tour!
Team Classification Victory for Team Sunweb at the OVO British Women’s Tour
The 5-day OVO Women’s Tour wrapped on Sunday with a fast-paced 10-lap circuit around London. Though Team Sunweb was unable to secure a podium spot on Sunday’s stage, the team’s substantial efforts throughout the tour enabled the riders to secure the overall win in the team classification, two top-five general classification positions, and the most competitive rider jersey for Lucinda Brand.
Team Sunweb began their fight for a general classification title on Wednesday over the 148 km route from Daventry to Kettering. Unable to secure a top-ten finish that day, the women went into Stage 2 with determination to push to the front of the peloton. Ellen van Dijk crossed the finish line in third place on Thursday, in an exciting finish in Stoke-on-Trent. For much of the day it was Brand who led with an impressive breakaway, only to be caught with just five kilometers to go. Van Dijk, given the ability to rest while the rest of the bunch chased down her teammate, had enough energy to sprint to a podium position.
“What a day,” said Team Sunweb Coach Hans Timmermans. “Lucinda’s attack looked good and with the knowledge that she had experience with this type of break, I became more and more hopeful. In the end, the group behind her was just a bit too big, and therefore they could start a chase. It was a very impressive break! Luckily Ellen was also strong today and her 3rd place shows good things are coming in the next two days as well!”
The next two days revealed two more podium finishes for the women of Team Sunweb. Van Dijk was again the leader of the team with a third place sprint finish on Friday’s stage. Then, in the Queen Stage of the Women’s Tour, Leah Kirchmann managed to break from the group with two other riders and hold off the pack all the way to Chesterfield to secure the third podium spot of the week for Team Sunweb. The effort put Kirchmann in third overall as well.
With a heroic effort from the whole team, Kirchmann finished fourth in the GC with Van Dijk close behind in fifth. The women rode to an overall win in the team classification aboard their Liv Envie Advanced team bikes wearing both the Extima and Liv Rev helmets.
Before heading to Italy for Giro Rosa at the end of June, many of the Team Sunweb women will compete in National Championship races in their respective countries.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017