After stage four of the Boels Ladies Tour, Team Sunweb’s Ellen van Dijk remains 2nd in the general classification – just nine seconds from the overall race lead.
It was another fast day at the fourth stage of the Boels Ladies Tour with no breakaway able to establish a solid enough advantage to lead the race for more than five kilometres. With the stage racing through Sabrina Stultiens’ home town of Meijel, Team Sunweb took to the front of the peloton after 80 kilometres whilst the race passed through. Another breakaway tried to go clear but with Team Sunweb controlling proceedings at the head of the peloton, their lead was short lived. The fast tempo set by the team saw the peloton strung out, but despite more attempts the bunch remained compact for the majority of the stage. Ellen van Dijk took 17th place on the stage and remains nine seconds away from the overall GC lead.
After the stage Ellen said: “The team were brilliant once again today. We had a solid plan for the final but unfortunately it didn’t work out. We lost each other and couldn’t get back in time to get in good position for the sprint.”
Team Sunweb coach Dirk Reuling said: “The team did a good job throughout the day. We were sharp with the important breaks that went clear and had good control over the race. We also took initiative on the narrow, windy roads to see if we could split the peloton and surprise other teams. It was a solid effort but there wasn’t enough wind to really break the peloton. For the final we had a good plan but we lost position a little bit. We had to come in from too far in the last three kilometres and weren’t able to get into a good position for the sprint.”
After racing through her hometown Sabrina said: “It was really special for me to ride through my village. The team brought me to the front of the bunch so I could ride through first in the peloton which was really cool. Meijel is a small village but a lot of people including my family, friends and the local cycling club came out to cheer for me. It was great!”