Ellen van Dijk won her second Energiewacht Tour overall title in Borkum on Sunday. The Dutchwoman finished safely in the peloton, sprinting to ninth place in the stage five field sprint, to confirm her spot atop the general classification.
“There was not so much wind today, so the bunch stayed complete the whole time,” said Van Dijk. “I only had to finish with the front group to win. Thanks to my team, I could do that.”
Van Dijk started Sunday’s 117.9-kilometre stage with a comfortable 37-second advantage over Annemiek van Vleuten (ORICA-AIS) in second place. The gap provided confidence, but there was still work to be done.
“Today was non-stop attacking the whole time,” said Van Dijk. “It was hectic and nervous for all us all day. We couldn’t let any one go. We had to stay focused.”
Boels-Dolmans lost Blaak in the first half of the stage. The 26-year-old had crashed heavily on Saturday and withdrew as a result of her injuries.
“It was shame Chantal came out,” said Van Dijk. “She wasn’t feeling well from her fall yesterday, so she couldn’t continue. Without her, we were only four.”
In the second half of the race, Boels-Dolmans temporarily lost Christine Majerus. The Luxembourg champion contended with mechanical issues.
“We can say it wasn’t the perfect day,” said Van Dijk. “but in the end, it all worked out.” A 50-strong peloton contested the finish. Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) won ahead of Lisa Brennauer (CANYON//SRAM). Majerus, who regained contact with the bunch following her mechanical trouble, rounded out the podium.
Romy Kasper gave Boels-Dolmans further reason to celebrate. The German won the Boels Rental points jersey, contributing to the team’s haul over the five day, six stage Dutch race. All in all, Boels-Dolmans won three stages – the team time trial, the individual time trial and one road stage, two jerseys and spent all six stages in the race leader’s jersey, worn by both Van Dijk and Chantal Blaak.
“Our results here are not a big surprise, but nothing is ever for sure,” said Van Dijk. “We’re very happy with it, of course. The team time trial was the biggest surprise. We worked really hard for it, but we didn’t know how it would go for us.”