The Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team has started the fifth edition of the OVO Energy Women's Tour very well. In the one hundred thirty kilometer fast but nervous stage from Framlingham to Southwold, the team was very active. The stage ended up in a sprint finish in which former world champion Amalie Dideriksen sprinted to fifth place. The Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus and the winner of the Ronde van Drenthe Amy Pieters both had to go to the podium ceremony. Majerus leads the mountain classification while Pieters is in the lead of the (intermediate) sprint classification.
"Today was a great day for the team," said Pieters. "We had made clear plans for this stage and we succeeded. As a team we rode very strongly today, which resulted in the mountain jersey for Christine and the sprint jersey for me. My lead-out towards the intermediate sprints was very strong both times. Amalie then also sprinted to fifth in the sprint finish. I think we can look back on this stage with a very good feeling. "
The Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus agrees with her teammate. "We have executed our plan perfectly, as we agreed beforehand. The plan was to go for both the mountain jersey and the sprint jersey. It is very nice to start this stage race with two jerseys but it makes it even better because it was more of a team achievement to get it done. The final and the sprint were very hectic, but our sprinter Amalie managed to finish fifth. "
For Majerus the OVO Energy Women's Tour is her first race since the Festival Elsy Jacobs early may where she finished in second place. She is especially happy to be back in competition. "It is nice to be back after a long period without racing. I am going to take it day by day. I feel that I just miss that little bit extra in the end, but it should be getting better each day. Furthermore, I try to be useful for the team. "
Tomorrow the OVO Energy Women’s Tour will go to the heart of England. The second stage from Rushden to Daventry (145 kilometers) is slightly hillier than the first stage. In Daventry the peloton will do two tricky local laps including Newnham Hill (16%).