Scandolara most combative on stage three of Boels Rental Ladies TourThu 4 Sep 2014
Italian Valentina Scandolara has been awarded the most combative rider on stage three of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour courtesy of a solo attack in the final 20kms of racing today.
The 24-year-old gained a maximum advantage of 40seconds in the brave ride before she was reeled in with only a few kilometres remaining.
“I put everything there I could and I stayed away for 12km,” Scandolara said.
“We entered into the laps and we passed for the first time under the finish line. After this, there was a little technical part in the town and I went there.
“In the beginning the peloton tried to chase but then they stopped a little bit and I went full gas to gain as much as I could. You never give up, when you are there you just give everything and see how it goes.
“The teams behind, you never know who is going to chase or who is not interested. At one point I thought I was going to do it, but then Rabobank started to chase and of course there is nothing you can do.”
With the race back together for the final, the sprint was on. Marianne Vos (RAB) was victorious and Ellen Van Dijk (BDT) successful in retaining the overall lead.
“It’s a little disappointing to be caught at the very end but I like the way we are racing,” Scandolara continued.
“We are aggressive from the beginning, everyone is there to try and try and try. We did everything we could to arrive in a breakaway today but it wasn’t possible.”
Sport director Gene Bates said the team had focused on their aggressive style of racing on today's stage and commended the efforts of the whole outfit.
“Going into today we wanted to be aggressive,” Bates said.
“We saw that the breakaway nearly lasted to the finish yesterday so we definitely wanted to be part of that today.
“Hats off to Valentina for having a really good go near the finish, we wanted to be aggressive right to the end and you never know, she could have pulled off that late move.”