Kirsten Wild became the successor of Jolien d'Hoore in Driedaagse de Panne today. The WWT race which is famous for it sprints ended as predicted in a sprint where the Dutch rider from WNT-Rotor won with confidence. The race remained closed for a long time. Jip van den Bos, Skylar Schneider and Eva Buurman tried to open it up. Amy Pieters also tried to break away with Lucinda Brand and Roxane Kneteman.
"There was not that much wind and all the roads were wide. So we couldnt do that much. I think regarding these circumstances we did a really good job with the team and we all had a go and attacked, but the bunch really wanted a bunch sprint and thats what we got", says Amy Pieters just after the race.
The sprint was inevitable. The Boels-Dolmans team was complete in the final kilometers to bring Amalie Dideriksen to the front. With 350m to go Christine Majerus formed the lead out for Dideriksen who came early in the leading position. She was passed by Kirsten Wild and other riders in the last 200m of the race finishing in 16th position.
Amalie Dideriksen; "I'm a little disappointed right now. I'm proud to get the chance to sprint today, but a bit sad I didn't make the podium. The girls attacked on the final laps, while I tried to save myself and stay near the front. It was a very hectic final. In the very final Christine was the last girl with me, and it was hard to stay together. She positioned me on Trek's train, and then came back to me just before the final corner. Christine took the front with me behind her, but she went of the front with 300m to go and that was just to early for me to be in front, so I couldn't keep it to the line. It's hard to control a sprint like this, and I had really hoped to get a good result here, but that's cycling sometimes. Now we will take a few rest days, and then try to do better in Gent Wevelgem on Sunday."