Tour of Drenthe

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Tour of Drenthe

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“Het team dat zich het beste aanpast, wint”

In the Ronde van Drenthe Team SD Worx once again put in a strong performance, but also had some bad luck. No less than five flat tires and a worn out chain caused the team to lose energy early on, nevertheless the final was once again colored by Team SD Worx. Lotte Kopecky - who punctured herself about 15 kilometers from the line - finished third in the sprint. "Unfortunately I lost the right wheel in the sprint," said the Belgian champion.

On the final passage of the VAM mountain, SD Worx shook the tree, after which Christine Majerus went on the attack with three companions, just as she did the day before in the Drentse Acht van Westerveld. At two kilometers from the finish the group was caught, after which the peloton prepared for a sprint. In the final kilometer Lotte Kopecky had to fight Bastianelli, Wiebes and Balsamo and eventually finished third. A place of honor with which she strengthened her leading position at the head of the WorldTour classification.

Kopecky: "I had a flat at the worst possible moment, but tried to stay calm and return as fast as possible. Still, I dosed my krachen to survive the VAMberg. Roxane Fournier brought me back at the right moment. I still finished third, but I'm still a bit disappointed."

"Elena Cecchini piloted me into the right wheel of Lorena Wiebes, but unfortunately I lost that perfect position a bit later. In the last corner I was able to make up some places, and I tried from the slipstream to go for the podium," the leader in the WorldTour ranking told us after the ceremony."

Sportive director Lars Boom: "This offers a lot of perspectives for the future"

Sportive Director Lars Boom was satisfied with the performance of his riders: "Already on the first strip we had a flat tire with Marlen Reusser and Lonneke Uneken. Marlen then rode very strongly, but because of the two punctures and a chain that turned off, she missed the extra punch. On the VAM-mountain we tried to make the race hard, but in the end we couldn't catch the sprinters. Then third place is definitely a good result. I remember especially that everyone of the team rode a strong race. It confirms the picture that we also saw in the previous races of this season and offers a lot of perspective for the coming period."

Prochaine course | Next race

Date: 12/03/2022
Distance: 156km
Categorie: 1 WWT

Team management

Anna van der Breggen
Lars Boom

Results

RankingCyclist
1Lorena Wiebes
2Elisa Balsamo
3Lotte Kopecky
4Clara Copponi
5Marta Bastianelli
6Alice Barnes
7Chiara Consonni
8Nina Kessler
9Jip Van Den Bos
10Sarah Roy

History

YearCyclist
2018Amy Pieters
2016Chantal van de Broek-Blaak
2015Lizzie Deignan

Preview

Team SD Worx heads to the Ronde van Drenthe with confidence, with Lotte Kopecky in the purple leader's jersey. Past successes include wins for Lizzie Deignan (2014), Chantal van de Broek-Blaak (2016) and Amy Pieters (2018). This year, the peloton will have to cover 156 kilometers of rural roads through open fields, forest paths, mossy cobblestones and four climbs over the VAM mountain, a garbage dump that was turned into a penalty in Dutch road races.

Drenthe is one of those races where actually anything can happen", says Christine Majerus. "Wind, echelons, breakaways that can stick also because of the VAM but it can also just be a bunchsprint. So it is actually hard to predict and it is often the teams that adjusted best to the changing situation that were there with numbers in the final. I guess this year won’t be any different."

The Luxembourg champion looks ahead with confidence. "I think we have a strong team for that kind of racing here. Having Lotte in the leaderjersey is a nice extra and I guess the Strade Bianche win gave her a lot of confidence. I hope we will have the best race possible and go for the win with one of our riders."

A few facts in a row
In addition to Lotte Kopecky as leader of the individual ranking, SD Worx starts as number one in the team classification of the WorldTour. Elena Cecchini has already finished second twice, as she did last year behind winner Lorena Wiebes. Team SD Worx will start in the Ronde van Drenthe with Lotte Kopecky, Elena Cecchini, Christine Majerus, Roxane Fournier, Lonneke Uneken and Marlen Reusser.

More races in march

DateRaceDistanceWinnerBest SD-worx cyclist
03/03/2022Bloeizone Friesland (3 Stages)
05/03/2022Strade Bianche136 kmLotte KopeckyLotte Kopecky (1°)
11/03/2022Drentse acht van Westerveld134 kmChristine MajerusChristine Majerus (1°)
16/03/2022Danilith Nokere Koerse125.9 kmLorena WiebesLotte Kopecky (2°)
20/03/2022Trofeo Alfredo BindaElisa BalsamoChantal van den Broek-Blaak (4°)
24/03/2022Classic Brugge-De Panne158.8 kmElisa BalsamoLonneke Uneken (4°)
27/03/2022Gent-WevelgemElisa BalsamoLotte Kopecky (4°)
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