The berg-heavy final stage of the Boels Rental Holland Ladies Tour promised a general classification shake-up, and the course delivered. An early break of two riders swelled to included 14 riders by the pointy end of the race. The escape group attacked itself over the climbs until Tatiana Guderzo (MCipollini Giordana) and Annemiek Van Vleuten (Rabobank Liv/Giant) emerged from the group to battle for the stage win. It was a photo finish for the two-up sprint. Guderzo narrowly edged Van Vleuten out for the victory.
Ellen van Dijk represented Specialized-luluemon in the chase group and secured the overall victory on home turf. Van Dijk beat out Van Vleuten, in second on general classification, by 1’05. Elizabeth Armitstead rounded out the overall podium at 1’11.
ORICA-AIS had a difficult day in the office. Unable to respond to the constant attacks, the team missed the break that produced the winning move.
"I expected us to have a better day today. Unfortunately, it seemed as if everyone picked the same day to have bad legs. Shara [Gillow] was probably the best of the lot, but she punctured at a bad time – just as she was going across the front group. She was the only rider we had in any striking distance of the business point of the race, and the mechanical took her out of contention. The rest of the girls couldn’t do much today." - Sport Director Dave McPartland
|1||Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) - Mcipollini-Giordana||2:53:59|
|2||Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) - Rabobank Liv/Giant||ST|
|3||Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) - Boels-Dolmans||0:00:14|
|4||Anna Van der Breggen (Ned) - Sengers Ladies||0:00:19|
|5||Claudia Häusler (Ger) - Team TIBCO||ST|
|6||Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) - Specialized-lululemon||0:00:26|
|7||Chantal Blaak (Ned) - Team TIBCO||0:01:27|
|8||Jessie Daams (Bel) - Boels-Dolmans||0:02:42|
|9||Megan Guarnier (USA) - Rabobank Liv/Giant||ST|
|10||Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) - Mcipollini-Giordana||0:02:44|
|40||Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) - ORICA-AIS||0:09:00|
|46||Gracie Elvin (Aus) - ORICA-AIS||0:09:05|
|47||Amanda Spratt (Aus) - ORICA-AIS||ST|
|52||Melissa Hoskins (Aus) - ORICA-AIS||0:09:14|