EnergieWacht Tour
Stage 2: Oude Pekela - Veendam - Stage Details

It was another frenzied day of racing in Holland. Narrow roads and high winds split the race from the start. ORICA-AIS chased front group selection and bonus seconds during stage two of the EnergieWacht Tour in their effort to keep Loes Gunnewijk well-poised on the overall ahead of tomorrow’s double day.

Immediately after the first intermediate sprint, echelons began to form in earnest. The bunch blew apart for good, and 13 riders went away. ORICA-AIS put two riders in that group. Loes Gunnewijk and Gracie Elvin were up the road with Kirsten Wild (Argos-Shimano), Chloe Hosking (Hitec Products UCK), Anna Van der Breggen (Sengers Ladies) Adrie Visser and Lizzie Armitstead (both Boels-Dolmans), Lisa Brennauer, Ellen Van Dijk, Carmen Small and Trixi Worrack (all Specialized-lululemon), and Jolanda Neff and Iris Slappendel (both Rabobank Women). The group worked together to establish a two minute gap, and their advantage would remain around two minutes all the way until the finish.

"The finish took place over four laps of an urban circuit in Veendam. This offered few good break opportunities with the lead group, but we were determined to try to put pressure on [Kirsten] Wild (Argos-Shimano). The race leader found herself without a teammate in the lead group, and while she had a very good chance of winning the stage as a solo rider in the group if the stage came down to a sprint, she was a bit vulnerable ahead of the finish.

All attempts to isolate Wild failed, and the group came to the line together. Wild won the stage and added another 10 second bonus to the three bonus seconds she collected from the second intermediate sprint. Loes finished fifth on the stage while Gracie slotted into 13th place." - Sport Director Martin Barras


Place Rider/Team Time
1 Kirsten Wild (Ned) - Argos-Shimano 2:39:37
2 Chloe Hosking (Aus) - Hitec Products UCK ST
3 Adrie Visser (Ned) - Boels-Dolmans ST
4 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) - Specialized-lululemon ST
5 Ellen van Dijk (Ned) - Specialized-lululemon ST
6 Anna Van der Breggen (Ned) - Sengers Ladies ST
7 Jolanda Neff (Sui) - Rabobank Women ST
8 Trixi Worrack (Ger) - Specialized-lululemon ST
9 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) - ORICA-AIS ST
10 Iris Slappendel (Ned) - Rabobank Women ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
9 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) - ORICA-AIS ST
13 Gracie Elvin (Aus) - ORICA-AIS ST
27 Sungeun Gu (Kor) - ORICA-AIS 0:01:43
40 Annette Edmondson (Aus) - ORICA-AIS ST
63 Shara Gillow (Aus) - ORICA-AIS 0:07:10