Williams tenth on stage five of Boels Rental Ladies Tour

Sat 5 Sep 2015

2015 SwissEver GP Cham-Hagendorn winner Lizzie Williams has sprinted to a top ten result on the penultimate day of racing at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour in Holland this afternoon.

Countless attacks made it a busy day on the road, but in the end the sprint and general classification teams controlled racing to ensure the desired bunch kick ahead of tomorrow’s final and queen stage.

The ORICA-AIS outfit continued to support the learning process of Williams in the pacey final.

“It was a funny race,” sport director Gene Bates said. “We thought the wind would really destroy the race but really the moves were just the result of aggressive riding.”

“At one point we had all our girls in the front of a split but there just wasn’t enough to work with to make it stick and in the end there were enough sprinters in the field that their teams did the work to ensure it would be a bunch finish.

“Once again we had Lizzie in the sprint and she came away with tenth. She is plugging away, making really good progress and everyday is learning a tonne about where to position, what to do and what not to do.”

How it happened:

The penultimate day of racing played out on another miserable day weather wise, but it didn’t deter the aggression from the bunch.

The attacks came fast and were plentiful; every time a move started to look dangerous the peloton reacted to bring it back together for the next counter attack.

On a number of occasions the pressure in the bunch was enough to split it into pieces, but each time it recovered.

The most dangerous attack was that of Coryn Rivera (Team USA), Winanda Spoor (GRC Jan van Arckel), Marijn de Vries (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Maria Confalonieri (Italy).

The quartet had 55seconds lead with 20km to go, but the marker prompted a reaction, and the bunch, led by Wiggle Honda, began to close it down.

Despite best efforts and countless breakaways over the 126.2km stage, with a little under ten kilometres the race came back together destined for a bunch sprint.

Tomorrow’s final stage is the queen stage of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour and the final day of racing for ORICA-AIS ahead of the world championships.