Lauren has continued to show her strong form in round two of the Women’s World Tour yesterday by finishing 8th in The Ronde van Drenthe in The Netherlands. The 138km race was vastly different to round one in Tuscany last weekend with long cobble stone sections, wind and a short man made climb over a rubbish tip being the main obstacles in a majorly flat course.
“This is always such a tough race, it is quite long for us, I think one of the longest races we have all year, the race is always on small roads and it is very nervous in the bunch, it is always a fight to be at the front, particularly before the key cobble stone sections”
The race split apart on the cobbles with a break of 4 going clear with still 70km to go. However this strong break had nearly all the major teams represented and stayed away until the end with Chantel Blaak of Boels Dolmans taking the win. Lauren finished 4th in the bunch sprint to finish 8th in the race, making this her 3rd top 10 result in 10 days.
“I’m really happy with 8th today, to be honest I didn’t feel great today, I found the cobbles hard and I suffered more then I would have liked, but that makes this result even more encouraging heading into the next World Tour races” “My teammates rode 100% for me and I am really thankful for their support, I think we have a respectable result and I am looking forward to continuing the good feeling in the team in the next races”
Lauren will line up again today in Drentse 8, a UCI 1.2 race in The Netherlands before a week of preparation for round three of the World Tour in Italy next Sunday.
“The weekend is not over yet and we have another chance today, I have good form so its about taking the opportunity when it comes, I hope it is sooner rather then later!”
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