Scandolara into mountain's jersey on stage 4 of Boels Rental Ladies TourFri 5 Sep 2014
Backing up her most combative efforts yesterday, Valentina Scandolara has claimed the mountain’s jersey on stage four of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour this afternoon.
Meanwhile, Jessie MacLean finished seventh on the stage and moved into 8th overall having bridged across to the winning break to ensure ORICA-AIS was represented.
Scandolara sat closely behind Polish rider Katarzyna Niewiadoma (RAB) on the mountain classification at the start of the day and now she has claimed the jersey, is not going to relinquish it without a fight.
“Now that I have it, I will try to keep it,” Scandolara said.
“Tomorrow we have one KOM and the last stage we have six. For sure I will try to keep it, she is a strong rider but to get it you have to fight for it.”
The Italian challenged for two of today’s classified climbs picking up a points from a second and first place to take the lead.
“There were three climbs today and we said we would try the first one and if it doesn’t work then we will let (the jersey) go,” Scandolara expained.
“In the first one I was second behind the Polish girl that had the jersey because I took the sprint wrong so I thought OK that’s it. But in the second one, (Evelyn) Stevens attacked and I realised that the Polish girl was behind so I did it and I am in the lead now.”
A group of nine riders established the late break within the final 50km before MacLean and two counterparts quickly reacted to join and make a move of twelve.
After two close attempts in the past days, it was a case of third time lucky as the group held off the peloton by 49seconds. Kelly Druyts (VLL) won the stage whilst Evelyn Stevens (SLU) moved into the race lead.
“It was a really fast race again today, really aggressive and everyone was wanting to be in that breakaway,” sport director Gene Bates said.
“A group of nine got away and they called the numbers over the radio and we didn’t have anyone there. We were a little bit worried and we were just about the start to chase and we heard Jess had bridged across.
“It was good for the team, we really needed to represented and she did a good job getting there.”
In a further update, Annette Edmondson and Shara Gillow were both involved in a crash in the final 10km, but both girls will be patched up tonight and reassessed in the morning.