Williams sprints to ninth in opening stage of Boels Rental Ladies Tour

Tue 1 Sep 2015

SwissEver GP Cham-Hagendorn winner Lizzie Williams has sprinted to ninth place on the opening stage of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour in Holland this afternoon.

After having no success forcing a break up in proceedings on the finishing circuits of the 110km course, ORICA-AIS focused their efforts on setting up Williams in the final, but an error in positioning cost the 32-year-old.

“The plan was to be aggressive,” sport director Gene Bates said. “We thought the circuit was going to be hard enough to be able to force a breakaway to the finish but there was just too many wide roads and too far in between the short climbs to make anything stick.”

“Into the final we switched to looking after Lizzie for the sprint. She was a little frustrated because she knows she could have done a lot better but she was just caught out of position with a couple of kilometres to go and that really cost her.

“There are quite a few opportunities this week for Lizzie and we will give her support for the sprints. It will be a really good learning ground for her.”

ORICA-AIS’ Amanda Spratt was involved in one of two crashes throughout the day, but was able to rejoin the group.

“There was two big falls, we didn’t have anyone in the first one that split the race into three groups, which was good but after that it took about 25-30km to get it all back together again,” Bates said,

“Then just before we entered the final circuit there was another big fall and we had Amanda Spratt involved in that. We got her back onto the group, it took about 10-15km but she got back on as we entered the final few circuits.”

How it happened:

Racing split apart early in the opening stage of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour with three groups forming on the road.

Somewhat caught out, the work of ORICA-AIS was largely responsible for bring the front two groups back together as the third remained one-minute behind.

The pace was on for the finish circuits, and as she crossed the line for the bell with 15km to race, ORICA-AIS’ Katrin Garfoot put in an effort in attempt to force a breakaway.

Unfortunately the pace at the head of the peloton was too high as sprint teams worked hard to bring the bunch to the finish line together. In the end they were successful, Jolien D’Hoore (Wiggle-Honda) the victor.