“Het team dat zich het beste aanpast, wint”
In the Ronde van Drenthe Team SD Worx once again put in a strong performance, but also had some bad luck. No less than five flat tires and a worn out chain caused the team to lose energy early on, nevertheless the final was once again colored by Team SD Worx. Lotte Kopecky - who punctured herself about 15 kilometers from the line - finished third in the sprint. "Unfortunately I lost the right wheel in the sprint," said the Belgian champion.
On the final passage of the VAM mountain, SD Worx shook the tree, after which Christine Majerus went on the attack with three companions, just as she did the day before in the Drentse Acht van Westerveld. At two kilometers from the finish the group was caught, after which the peloton prepared for a sprint. In the final kilometer Lotte Kopecky had to fight Bastianelli, Wiebes and Balsamo and eventually finished third. A place of honor with which she strengthened her leading position at the head of the WorldTour classification.
Kopecky: "I had a flat at the worst possible moment, but tried to stay calm and return as fast as possible. Still, I dosed my krachen to survive the VAMberg. Roxane Fournier brought me back at the right moment. I still finished third, but I'm still a bit disappointed."
"Elena Cecchini piloted me into the right wheel of Lorena Wiebes, but unfortunately I lost that perfect position a bit later. In the last corner I was able to make up some places, and I tried from the slipstream to go for the podium," the leader in the WorldTour ranking told us after the ceremony."
Sportive director Lars Boom: "This offers a lot of perspectives for the future"
Sportive Director Lars Boom was satisfied with the performance of his riders: "Already on the first strip we had a flat tire with Marlen Reusser and Lonneke Uneken. Marlen then rode very strongly, but because of the two punctures and a chain that turned off, she missed the extra punch. On the VAM-mountain we tried to make the race hard, but in the end we couldn't catch the sprinters. Then third place is definitely a good result. I remember especially that everyone of the team rode a strong race. It confirms the picture that we also saw in the previous races of this season and offers a lot of perspective for the coming period."