Jolien D'hoore wins the first stage of the Emakumeen Bira in Spain. "It was a closed stage with in the final 35 km a difficult passage, says DS Richard Groenendaal. "We controlled the race and neutralised all attacks big and small. Jolien finished the team's hard work and great lead-out in a perfect way."
This is the first victory for D'hoore for the Boels-Dolmans team. She worked hard to get back into shape after her serious crash in Ronde van Drenthe earlier this year.
"In the final the climbers attacked on the hilly terrain. The team annihilated each attack. Great to see how hard they worked for me today. Besides all this hard work they were also able to give me a perfect lead-out in the final. I am really happy that I could finish the job today and win the stage", tells Jolien D'hoore after the finish. Tomorrow she will start in the leaders jersey of Emakumeen Bira.