After spending the day in the breakaway, Lucinda Brand finishes the final stage of the Boels Ladies Tour in 2nd place.
The final stage of the Boels Ladies Tour took Team Sunweb across familiar territory, through the Limburg hills with both the start and finish in the Tom Dumoulin Bike Park. At 160 kilometres, the stage is the longest day of racing across the women’s WorldTour calendar.
As soon as the flag dropped a group of eight riders went clear, with three others later jumping across to join them at the front. Team Sunweb were well represented with both Lucinda Brand and Rozanne Slik inside the group, who extended their lead out to two and a half minutes. With 50 kilometres to go two riders jumped across from the peloton to the breakaway, and after a reshuffling at the head of proceedings another attack went clear. The acceleration in the break forced Lucinda to chase and as the catch was made, a counter attack went forward which proved to be the race winning move. Inside the final kilometre Lucinda attacked her chase companion to take 2nd place on the stage. Ellen van Dijk finishes the race third in the general classification.
After the stage Lucinda said: “It was a very long day in the breakaway today. On the last lap it got harder and harder with the speed high as two riders bridged across from the peloton to join the break. One of the riders was close to Ellen on the GC so it wasn’t an ideal situation to have her up the road with us, so my focus was on not letting her go clear from us. It was tough because she’s a strong climber and I’m not the best, but I managed to cover two initial attacks from her. The third was too much and she went clear but we managed to bring her back. Then another rider attacked and tactically it was the best decision to let her go so that we could keep Ellen’s place in the GC secure. I’m happy with my own legs and pleased that we could keep the result for Ellen’s overall.”