Crash Mars Stage Three Sprint Finish at Boels Rental Holland Ladies TourThu 5 Sep 2013
A late race crash dashed Nettie Edmondson’s hope of challenging for the top step of the podium on the third stage of the Boels Rental Holland Ladies Tour. Kirsten Wild (Argos-Shimano) took her second victory on the second road stage of the six day race.
“Mel [Hoskins] was taking Nettie up the side of the bunch,” explained Sport Director Dave McPartland. “They hit a bit of a lip on the side of the road at the same time that there was a big push from the bunch towards the girls. They had nowhere to go.”
“Nettie hit the deck really hard at a critical point in the race,” McPartland continued. “She had a big, deep cut in her hip that required stitches. She’s also reporting a very sore ankle and elbow. They’re stitching her up now, and we’ll take her to the hospital straightaway after that she can get x-rays. The ankle is the main concern at the moment.”
Amanda Spratt and Shara Gillow were caught behind the crash. Hoskins, Loes Gunnewijk and Gracie Elvin made it to the line with the front group, with Gunnewijk posting the best result for ORICA-AIS in 12th place on bunch time.
“It’s a bit of a bummer,” said McPartland. “We lost an opportunity, and we lost Nettie, too.”
Before the crash disrupted the finish, it was a fairly uneventful day in the bunch. Winds and a solo breakaway provided the only source of animation.
“Winds picked up around the 20km mark when we were on top of the dikes,” noted McPartland. “It looked like it was enough to split the race. The bunch split slightly but it came back together not too long later. That was disappointing. Our plan today was to split the race in the winds and do whatever we could to maintain the split.”
“The only other notable moment was when Van Vleuten (Rabobank Liv/Giant) escaped,” McPartland added. “She stayed away for about an hour but never had a big enough gap to be a real threat. Lululemon and Argos chased her down for the sprint finish.”
Trixi Worrack remains in the Holland Ladies Tour leader’s jersey while her Specialized-lululemon team continues to dominate the general classification, occupying the first five spots overall. Behind Specialized-lululemon, ORICA-AIS have a hold on sixth through 11th place with Hoskins and Edmondson best-positioned. The duo are tied on time, 1’19 behind Worrack, in sixth and seventh place with Hoskins assuming the lead in the best rider competition. Gunnewijk is 3” further back in eighth place, 1’22 off the race lead.
“Our goal is still to support Loes in the overall,” said McPartland. “It’s a big ask but not impossible.”
Edmondson checked in after her hosptial visit and reports:
"I'm just done at hosptial where I received six stiches in my thigh. My ankle and elbow have checked out okay. Looks like it's just an ankle sprain. Sounds like I need a few days off the bike but will be good to go after that. No more racing the Holland Tour for me. It's unfortunate that I can't help Loes out anymore."