Floortje Mackaij sprinted to 5th place in the fast bunch finish to the one-day Drentse Acht van Westerveld today in the Netherlands, continuing her strong form after winning the recent Omloop van de Westkoek.
The race stayed together for a long time and it wasn’t until after the two ascents of the VAMberg, the only climb in what was a largely flat parcours, that one rider pulled clear. She was later joined by a few others but the race was to all come back together in the closing kilometres for a bunch sprint.
“All day we had a closed race with no wind out there to break up the bunch,” explained Team Sunweb coach Koen de Haan. “Then in the final Leah put in a good lead-out for Floortje to do her sprint, and on the line she took fifth against very some fast finishers.”