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by Shane Stokes

April 6, 2018

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Pieters wins stage 2 of the Healthy Ageing Tour

by Shane Stokes

Dutch rider Amy Pieters continued the success of the Boels-Dolmans team in the Healthy Ageing Tour, grabbing victory on Thursday’s second stage of the race. She followed on from teammate Anna van der Breggen’s success in the opening time trial when she grabbed victory, beating Alice Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) in their two-up sprint to the line in Grootegast.

They finished 35 seconds ahead of a chasing group led in by van der Breggen, who outsprinted Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5), Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) plus six others.

The stage began in Grootegast and covered 131.1 kilometres including three finishing circuits. Early on 14 riders got clear and these would remain out front until the finish. Barnes had two teammates there, Lisa Klein and Trixi Worrack, and said that once they reached the finishing circuits she made her move. “When the group came back together again I decided to attack so we weren’t on the back foot. I had a small gap on Amy (Pieters) but when she joined me we worked well together and then the stage win was between us.

“It was a very long sprint. Amy went first and got a small gap on me,” she continued. “It took me some time to close it and then I was coming around her. It was a photo finish. I’m really happy with second. The win would have been nice but we have more opportunities.”

Wild went clear in pursuit but she was dragged back, enabling van der Breggen to take third. She is now third overall, 25 seconds behind Pieters and 15 adrift of Barnes. The race continues on Friday with a 66km morning road stage and a 17 kilometre team time trial in the afternoon.

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