Marianne Vos accomplished a hattrick on Sunday in the Ladies Tour of Norway. Having won the first and second stage, she also took the victory in the third stage. With this stunning performance, our rider who is in superb shape, secured the general classification. The team assisted Marianne throughout the day. “This is a result one can only dream of”, said sports director Jeroen Blijlevens after the finish.
A leading group took off fairly soon in the final stage to Halden (154 kilometres). Silvia Valsecchi, Sara Olsson, Sara Penton, Anna Christian, Ane Santesteban, Maria Giulia Confalonieri and Lourdes Oyarbide were the seven fortune hunters of the day, with the best positioned rider at 3.5 minutes from our GC leader.
“The group collected a maximum lead of 3 minutes, which meant that we needed to debate on what to do. We chose to wait on how the stage would progress and to stay calm. We knew that the beginning was especially challenging and that it would get easier. At that moment, other teams decided to set the pace at the front of the peloton”, says sports director Jeroen Blijlevens.
The leaders were caught at around 50 kilometres from the finish line due to the efforts in the back. The next fireworks were ignited on the local lap in the final 15 kilometres of the race. The pace was exceptionally fast, making the peloton split. Marianne sat neatly in the front, as well as Jeanne Korevaar and Anouska Koster.
Sports director Jeroen Blijlevens : “Several riders tried to avoid a sprint. Jeanne and Anouska neutralised as many breakaway attempts as possible. Also Marianne was seen many times at the front of the peloton. She was very attentive and completed the sprint in an amazing way.”
WaowDeals Pro Cycling dominated the entire Norwegian stage race. “The team left an outstanding impression at many moments. And Marianne was every day exceptional. For many, she was the top favourite here. She also won here last year and everyone knew that this race suited her. It would be great if we can pull this through to the next races”, according to Jeroen Blijlevens.