After stage five of the Boels Ladies Tour, Team Sunweb’s Ellen van Dijk sits 3rd in the general classification.
The Boels Ladies Tour headed to the hills today for its fifth stage, with a 141 kilometres to Vaals. After various breakaway attempts were neutralised, Sabrina Stultiens launched an attack with 77 kilometres covered. She went on to extended her lead up to 30 seconds, but was caught after leading the race for eight kilometres.
Shortly after she was reeled in by the bunch, the peloton split with all Team Sunweb riders inside the first group. 7 riders jumped ahead of the bunch with an 18-rider group later joining them. Not content with the make-up of the group, two riders pushed on and went on to contest the stage victory. Ellen van Dijk finished the stage inside the chase group and holds 3rd overall.
*Floortje Mackaij abandons the race due to injury.
After the stage Ellen said: “Today was a really hard day. Unfortunately Floortje left the race which was a shame. The final circuit was really tough with a few hills and a ton of attacks. The leader of the race attacked and I could follow but when another attack went on the last climb I couldn’t follow anymore. I gave it my all but came a little bit too short. I helped with the chase in the group behind to get the gap a little bit smaller and in the final sprint I was in a good position, but a near crash in front of me meant I couldn’t sprint. Tomorrow is another hard day and we have a big fight coming up.”
Team Sunweb coach Dirk Reuling said: “Today was a long and difficult stage. We tried to make it a hard race with attacks but each move was brought back. In the final two riders attacked and Ellen couldn’t follow. She’s now 3rd in the GC.”