News: White jersey for Laura Trott


Olympic champion Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda) ended day 1 in the Energiewacht Tour in the best young rider jersey after a chaotic first stage in the north east of Holland.

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The 20-year-old was one of three Wiggle Honda riders to make it into the 22-rider lead group as the peloton split in the crosswinds that always characterise the Dutch stage race. Olympic champion Dani King was the team’s best finisher in tenth place, with Australian Lauren Kitchen in 13th place, and Trott 17th.


“It was a good ride by all of them to make that selection,” said the team’s directeur sportif Simon Cope. “They were making the selections all day.” As well as the strong Dutch winds causing chaos in the peloton, the race had to be stopped four times as the riders were first sent off course, and then came across a closed railway junction and an open bridge as the race went outside its scheduled time.

Each time the 22 rider were allowed to restart first, with the rest of the peloton held back until it they had opened up their original lead. “They’ve obviously looked at timings for the trains, and bridges and things, and once you go outside the fastest and slowest average speeds they put down the whole race gets screwed up,” Cope conceded. “So there’s no point trying to point the finger or anything, it’s just what it is.”


“To get three riders in that group was good,” he added. “It would have been slightly different without the mishaps; I think Ana-Bianca Schnitzmeier’s group would have definitely got back on to that group.” As the only under-23 rider to have made the selection, Trott has a comfortable lead over the next riders in the classification.

“Laura was the lone young rider in the group,” Cope confirmed. “She’s got a lead of one minute and one second.”

Dutch sprinter Kirsten Wild (Argos-Shimano) took the stage as she broke away in the closing kilometres with three compatriots. Wild beat Ellen van Dijk (Specialized-lululemon) in the sprint for the line, with Iris Slappendel (Rabobank-Liv/Giant) taking third. The group containing Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s King, Kitchen and Trott finished just ten seconds behind the winner, keeping all three riders in overall contention.

1 WILD Kirsten Team Argos – Shimano 03:10:02
2 VAN DIJK Ellen Team Specialized- Lululemon @ st
3 SLAPPENDEL Iris Rabobank-Liv Giant 00:03
4 GUNNEWIJK Loes Orica – AIS @ st
5 VISSER Adrie Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team 00:10
6 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna Sengers Ladies Cycling Team @ st
7 BRENNAUER Lisa Team Specialized- Lululemon @ st
8 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek Rabobank-Liv Giant @ st
9 MAJERUS Christine Sengers Ladies Cycling Team @ st
10 KING Danielle Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling @ st

13 KITCHEN Lauren Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling @ st
17 TROTT Laura Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling @ st
20 ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team @ st
22 COLCLOUGH Katie Team Specialized- Lululemon @ st
27 SCHNITZMEIER Ana Bianca Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling @ 1.11
58 GILMORE Rochelle Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling @ 4.40
66 COLLINS Emily Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling @ st
80 MARTIN Lucy Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team @ st
120 BOYLAN Lydia Team CTC @ st
129 MCKAY Helen Team CTC 05:31
130 JUNIPER Nicola Team CTC @ st

DNF OLIVER Tamina Kate Team CTC


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