Kirsten Wild wins crash-marred sprint finale at Novilon Eurocup
Kirsten Wild (Hitec) won a crash-marred sprint at the Novilon Eurocup ahead of Chloe Hosking (Wiggle Honda) and Christine Majerus (Boels – Dolmans). The Dutchwomen proved quickest from a group of around 30 riders that formed in the final hour of the race.
Novilon Eurocup, the final of the three Drenthe races, was the most aggressive. The peloton split from kilometre zero, with a group of 14 immediately gaining an advantage over a fractured peloton. They would stretch the gap out to nearly a minute in the first hour of the race.
“I was in that front group,” said Hosking. “I was like ‘I do not want to ride this echelon for the next 134 kilometres.’ ”
Behind Hosking, Bigla and Orica-AIS, both of whom had missed out on the move, assumed responsibility for the determined chase. The first chase group was joined by a second chase group before their combined efforts were enough to bridge the distance to the leaders.
“We got pulled back together with 40 kilometres to go,” said Hosking. “My teammates did a really good job of covering all the attacks.”
Twenty kilometres from the finish in Roden, Tayler Wiles (Velocio-SRAM) and Iris Slappendel (Bigla) escaped the stronghold of the bunch. Lucinda Brand (Rabo Liv) managed to jump across to the leading duo.
“There were still three girls away in the finish, and my teammates got to the front to bring it back,” Hosking explained. “It was only us chasing. Everyone was looking at us because we won the first two races here. Elisa [Longo Borghini], Audrey [Cordon] and Jolien [d’Hoore] did a team time trial. They said at the end that they were seeing black and could no longer ride a straight line, so they absolutely buried themselves for me.”
Their efforts proved fruitful. The race was back together in the final kilometre.
“Jolien dropped me onto Wild’s wheel,” noted Hosking. “I probably just left my sprint a bit late. I should have jumped early to catch Wild off guard, but I didn’t, and I finished second.”
“It’s kind of shit when your teammates say ‘We go for Chloe’ and you’ve won the last three races and then you finish second,” Hosking admitted. “But it’s nice to be on the podium, and I’m pretty happy with how I’ve started my spring. It was really, really nice of my teammates to put their faith in me. Hopefully they’re willing to do it again even though I didn’t pull it off this time.”
Sprinting for the line, Hosking never saw the crash in her wake. While details are still emerging, Martin Vestby, Emma Johansson’s husband, has confirmed to Ella CyclingTips that Johansson has broken her collarbone, which ends her spring campaign. As we receive more details about the crash, we’ll post updates here.
— Melissa Hoskins (@MelissaMHoskins) March 15, 2015
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