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Boels Rental Ladies Tour 2015 Stage 1

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Jolien D’Hoore (Wiggle-Honda) emerged as the strongest rider in today’s opening stage of the Boels Rentals Ladies Tour in Heerenberg.

The Belgian Champion finished well clear of her closest rivals, Britain’s Lucy Garner (Liv-Plantur) and Dutch champion Lucinda Brand, during a final uphill sprint to the finish. 

“It was quite a hectic day,” she said. “There was a big crash, after 20-25km, so the bunch was reduced to about 30 riders. But everything came back together again and it was a bunch sprint.”

With 500 meters to go, the Wiggle-Honda rider lead out her teammate Trixi Worrack, while Alena Amialiusik (Velocio SRAM), initiate a final acceleration for the line. 

From there, Worrack faded during the final uphill surge to the finish, while D’Hoore managed to easily blast past her rivals and seize the stage victory. 

“I was at the front with 350 meters from the finish, which was a bit early,” she said. “But I slowly built up my speed and started going ever faster. Fortunately, it was at the end still enough.”

Top 20 Finishers 

1 Jolien D’hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda 2:39:23
2 Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur
3 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
4 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio – SRAM
5 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
6 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur
7 Carmen Small (USA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team
8 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
9 Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica – AIS
10 Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
11 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products
12 Kaat Hannes (Bel) Belgian National Team 0:00:04
13 Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
14 Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Belgian National Team
15 Coryn Rivera (USA) USA National Team 0:00:06
16 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Italian National Team
17 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italian National Team
18 Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
19 Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
20 Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg

General classification after stage 1

1 Jolien D’hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda 2:39:13
2 Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur 0:00:04
3 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur
4 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:00:05
5 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:00:08
6 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio – SRAM 0:00:10
7 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
8 Carmen Small (USA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team
9 Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica – AIS
10 Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
11 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products
12 Kaat Hannes (Bel) Belgian National Team 0:00:14
13 Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
14 Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Belgian National Team
15 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica – AIS
16 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:00:15
17 Coryn Rivera (USA) USA National Team 0:00:16
18 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Italian National Team
19 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italian National Team
20 Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg

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