Amalie Dideriksen has sprinted to second place in stage one of the Tour de Yorkshire on Thursday. The former world champion got boxed in on the run in to the line, but still managed second place behind 2016 Tour de Yorkshire winner Kirsten Wild (Wiggle-High5). Alice Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) finished third.
“I would have loved to win today but I'm happy to be up there again,” Dideriksen said. “Hopefully I can take a step up next time I get the chance, for sure I am motivated.”
The race started pretty early with the peloton taking off from Beverly at 8.40am GMT. Plenty of attacks during the day, but the biggest danger came from Natalie van Gogh (Parkhotel Valkenburg), who was in the break of the day with Anna Christian (Trek-Drops).
Van Gogh left Christian behind when the gap started to come down, but Van Gogh couldn’t hold off the sprint teams either. She was caught in the last 15 kilometres.
“There were some small hills in the beginning and then it was quite flat the last half,” Dideriksen said of the stage. “We knew the chances for any breakaway were small, because the roads are hard to stay away on. So the tactic was that I had to save myself for the sprint.”
“I was really motivated after a bit of a difficult spring personally,” Dideriksen continued. “And I am really happy the team and the girls gave me the trust and the chance today."
In the final kilometers, a roundabout and the placement of traffic cones caused a stir-up in the peloton, causing the sprint trains to be disrupted. Dideriksen rode attentively and although losing the Boels-Dolmans sprint train due to the chaos, she managed to get in the wheel of Wild.
“In the very final I had to jump a bit from train to train,” she said. “But I got Kirsten Wild’s wheel in the end. Some girls tried to come on the left side, so Kirsten and her lead-out girl rode a bit towards the left. I saw a gap open on the right and tried to take it, but Kirsten closed it and I had to break and try to go on the left. Then it was too late. But Kirsten was strong and I made the mistake of trying to go right.”
The second and last stage of the Tour de Yorkshire is undulating, with attackers or someone with a punchy finish in for a chance to win the stage and the race. It mean’s Dideriksen will line up in a different role tomorrow
“It's a totally different course with a lot of hills, so my role is going to change from protected rider to a helper tomorrow,” she said. “And I will make sure to do my very best to help.”
Stage two starts at 9.00am CET in Barnsley and is 128 kilometer in length. Watch live on ITV in the UK, or follow via #WTDY on Twitter.