Sources: linked throughout text.
Marianne Vos (RaboLiv) won Keukens Van Lommel on Sunday, with Sarah Roy (Orica AIS) second and Sara Mustonen (Liv Plantur) third in a bunch sprint. There were several half hearted attacks throughout the first half of the race until a breakaway of three managed to stay away. Kelly Druyts (TSVL Etixx Guild D’or), Jeanne Korevaar (RaboLiv) and Rozanne Slik (Liv Plantur) had a steady lead throughout the last of the circuits, but the peloton were always in control, not least because of the larger teams sizes. The riders came back together for the last 4km circuit and Vos won convincingly. Liv Plantur in particular rode a near perfect race it must be said. Wiggle H5 picked up a close fourth with Jolien D’hoore. Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal Ladies) continued her great form, beating Floortje Mackaij to get fifth place. Nina Kessler (Lensworld Zannata Etixx) was seventh, Michela Pavin (Team Inpa Bianchi) eighth, Kaat Hannes (Lensworld) ninth and Sofie de Vuyst tenth. Druyts hung on to get 18th which extends her lead at the top of the table for the overall Lotto Cycling Cup. With two more races to go it’s unlikely she’ll be caught now.
Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) won the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic on Sunday, beating Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle H5) and Alena Amialiusik (Canyon SRAM) into second and third respectively. Now we know why Boels and Wiggle only brought 4 riders each, so as to fool the other teams into thinking they had a chance and do all the work in controlling the race and pulling back attackers. Boels were riding for Evelyn Stevens but she wasn’t in position at the end, so Guarner launched what looked like a too early attack but which ended up several seconds ahead of Borghini. Stevens was forth, with a great result for Brianna Walle (Tibco-SVB) who got fifth. The top ten was rounded out by Heather Fischer (Rally), Dani King (Wiggle), Elena Cecchini (Canyon), Krista Hickok Doebel (Cylance) and Alison Jackson (Twenty 16). HB Supermint(Eri Yonamine) and BTC City Ljubljana (Eugenia Bujak) just missed out, as did several UHC contenders. It was certainly a clash of two different riding styles, but perhaps a slightly longer course would even things out in such cases. (Can’t organisers just stick on a 40km neutralised start to get around race length limits?)
The next races will be on Friday and the weekend. We start with a time trial in Slovenia, the Ljubljana-Domžale-Ljubljana TT. There was a livestream last year (fixed camera of start, midpoint and finish),but that might have been just the men, so best keep an eye on the website http://en.franja.org/time-trial-notice.html.
On Saturday it’s the 2 day (3 stage) International Auensteiner – Radsporttage. It has quite a good line up: Cervelo Bigla, Orica AIs, Ale Cipollini, Parkhotel Valkenburg, Lensworld Zanatta Etixx, Team Sweden, BMS Birn, Canyon SRAM, Lotto Soudal Ladies, Inpa Bianchi along with BH Cycling, Czech mixed team, Mat Atom, Team Austria, a mixed World team, Team Netherlands, Maxx Solar, RSG Placeworkers, Racing Students, Team Stuttgart, Koga Ladies, Sparkassen Girls Leipzig, Zweirad Probst and Team Radfalk. Several of the national teams have trade team riders, a provisional start list can be found here (PDF). Course details can be found on the website at http://www.sport-fisa.de/index.php/en/cycleracedays/auensteiner-radsporttage-2016.
Then on Sunday it’s the Spar Flanders Diamond Tour, the penultimate Lotto Cycling Cup race. Teams who are down so far are Wiggle, Boels, RaboLiv, Liv Plantur, Lotto Soudal, Lensworld, Parkhotel, TSVL,Lares Waowdeals, Team Belgium, Swaboladies, De Sprinters Malderen, Team WNT, Jos Feron Lady Force, De Jonge Renner, Hoop op Zegen Beveren, Keukens Redant, Maaslandster Nicheliving, Jan van Arckel, Autoglas Wetteren, Planet X/Bo Go and Isorex. The latest start list can be found here.
This is all the build up to the next WWT race, the Aviva Women’s Tour starting on Wednesday 15th June. 5 stages, 1 hour highlights in the evening, and what a storming line up (PDF).