Two in top five on fifth stage of Boels Rental Ladies TourSat 6 Sep 2014
2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Annette Edmondson and Swedish champion Emma Johansson have finished fourth and fifth respectively on stage five of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour this afternoon.
After an active day of racing with countless attempts to form a breakaway, the race come together in the closing stages for a bunch sprint. Too quick for her rivals, Jolien D’Hoore (LBL) emerged the winner.
The effort of Edmondson, who won gold in the scratch race and silver in the individual pursuit on the track in Glasgow, for fourth made even more impressive having been involved a nasty crash on yesterday’s stage four.
“It was a really good effort by Nettie (Edmondson) today,” sport director Gene Bates said.
“To bounce back from that crash yesterday shows a lot of guts and determination.”
Bates said the opportunities had been left open for the team in the event of a bunch sprint.
“The plan was pretty non-specific,” he said.
“We thought Mel (Hoskins) was our best chance of a sprint but we also gave flexibility to the others girl if they were feeling good.
“Emma (Johansson) was really well placed with 250m to go and Nettie was coming up to help her but the front few riders overshot the corner and Emma was left on the front. She ended up leading out the sprint and Nettie was able to use it to come through in fourth.”
Earlier in the stage, the ORICA-AIS outfit worked to help Italian Valentina Scandolara in her attempt to retain the climber’s jersey, but an off day saw it relinquished to Polish rider Katarzyna Niewiadoma (RAB).
“We wanted to try and get Valentina (Scandolara) maximum points on the climb,” Bates said.
“She wasn’t on the best day from the start and the girls did a great job to try to help her up the climb to get the points but she just didn’t have the legs today and it was quite a sharp climb to get up.”
Over the crest of the climb Johansson found herself in a promising move of eight riders before a further 24 riders bridged across to make a strong group at the head of the race.
By the 70km mark, the day’s most dangerous attack consisting of Audrey Cordon (HPU), Simona Frapporti (BPK), Ilona Hoeksma (PVH) and Annelies Dom (Futurumshop.nl-Zannata) established and held bravely until the final kilometres of the stage.
Tomorrow’s final stage is the toughest of the six-day Tour, with no less than six categorised climbs in the 110.4km route from Bunde - Berg en Terblijt.