A day after her win in Boels Ladies Tour stage three, Amalie Dideriksen continued her success with a win in the fourth stage. As the stage ultimately finished in a bunch sprint again, this time Dideriksen beat Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) and Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) on the line.
“It is incredible,” said Dideriksen. “I am happy that I was strong enough to hold everyone off all the way to the line.”
After the stage one prologue and two action-packed stages, today’s fourth stage with start in Stramproy and finish in Weert was a bit more straightforward. A lone rider formed the break of the day, Israeli road champion Omer Shapira (Cylance Pro Cycling).
Shapira attacked six kilometers into the stage and without any companions to join her, she did a solo ride of over 100 kilometres, only caught by the peloton at 14 kilometers to go. Immediately two riders escaped, Amy Pieters and Lisa Brennauer (Wiggle-High5). Although they quickly gained a 25-second advantage, the peloton was eager for a sprint finish and caught them some five kilometers later.
It wasn’t done yet for Pieters though, who launched another attack, this time sneaking off the front by herself. World road champion Chantal Blaak and Megan Guarnier tried to control the peloton in order to help Pieters maintain her gap.
It was very tight, but Pieters was caught as she reached the flamme rouge, the sign for one kilometer to go in the race. The peloton refocused to prepare for a bunch sprint, with Dideriksen coming out victorious.
“We actually agreed to sprint for Amy today, because I already sprinted yesterday,” said Dideriksen. “But then in the final laps, Amy was in the breakaway twice, so Danny said on the radio with one lap to go ‘Amalie now we do the sprint for you’. So I kind of had to switch my mind.”
“It was quite hectic on the big road with around 1,5 to 2 kilometers to go, so I had to trust my instincts on where to go,” said Dideriksen of the final. “Already from that big road, you have three corners in the real final, so from there on I was a bit on my own.”
“I got the wheel of Lorena Wiebes of Parkhotel and she started to sprint and I could wait a little bit,” explained Dideriksen. “But then I saw people coming from behind, so I had to start pretty early too. Lucinda Brand came really close, but in the end I was able to hold her off. I’m really happy!”
The Boels Ladies Tour obviously suits Dideriksen really well, the Danish road champion having won a stage here before in 2016, which also earned her the first leader’s jersey at the time. Going into the final weekend, Anna van der Breggen and Pieters are still in the top ten overall, while Guarnier stands 13th. With the Queen stage coming up tomorrow, anything is still possible!