Two in the top ten as Van Vleuten remains leader after stage 4 of the Boels Rental Ladies TourFri 1 Sep 2017
ORICA-SCOTT finished stage four of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour with two riders in the top ten, Gracie Elvin and Annemiek van Vleuten in eighth and ninth place respectively.
The stage concluded with a predicted bunch sprint, won by Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-Sram), with ORICA-SCOTT working hard all day to keep their race leader out of trouble and in the orange race leader’s jersey for another day.
“The girls rode fantastic today,” said sport director Gene Bates. “We wanted to control it but we were also happy with a breakaway going but too many dangerous riders were trying to get away and it never eventuated.”
“The girls did a lot of work throughout the whole stage. We had two objectives in the final, firstly to keep Annemiek out of trouble at the front of the group and the other was to lead out Gracie.
“The team did both of these tasks really well, with 500metres to go we had Sarah Roy and Annemiek at the front leading Gracie, so she had a perfect delivery but just didn’t quite have the legs to match the pure sprinters in the end.
“We expected Annemiek to maybe have an off day after going so deep in the time trial yesterday but she certainly didn’t show that and things are looking really good.
“The whole team is really united with a common goal and riding really well so we are excited for the next two stages.”
How it happened:
After two stage victories in three days, ORICA-SCOTT began stage four with van Vleuten in the race leader’s jersey with a nine second advantage over her nearest rival.
The stage was expected to be a bunch sprint and began actively with numerous breakaway attempts, however, after 60kilometres of racing the peloton remained all together.
As the final flat day for the sprinters, it appeared that no team’s were willing to let a breakaway go and the race remained all together as the peloton entered the final three finishing laps of a 8.5kilometre circuit.
ORICA-SCOTT sat at the head of the bunch keeping van Vleuten out of danger as the sprint teams began to lift the pace.
Elvin and van Vleuten navigated their way through the bunch safely to finish in the top ten, out of trouble and remain in the overall race lead.
The final two stages feature challenging climbs which is a warm welcome for the Australian outfit, suiting van Vleuten’s strengths as she looks to keep hold of the race lead.
Boels Rental Ladies Tour stage 4 results:
1. Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-Sram) 2:57
2. Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cipollini) ST
3. Roxane Fournier (FDJ) ST
8. Gracie Elvin (ORICA-SCOTT) ST
General classification after stage 4:
1. Annemiek van Vleuten (ORICA-SCOTT) 6:44
2. Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) +0:09
3. Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-Sram) +0:30
Photo courtesy of TDWsport