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by Shane Stokes
April 5, 2018
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Three days after her victory in the women’s Tour of Flanders, Anna van der Breggen topped the podium again when she won the opening time trial at the Healthy Ageing Tour in the Netherlands. The Boels-Dolmans rider covered the flat eight kilometres in a time of 10 minutes 35 seconds, averaging over 45 kilometres per hour on the streets of Heerenveen.
She beat her teammate Chantal Blaak by two seconds, with Lisa Brennauer (Wiggle High5) ten seconds back in third. Lisa Klein (Canyon SRAM Racing) and Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5) were a further three seconds adrift. “I had some bike problems today, but my legs felt really good,” said Van der Breggen. “The first part of the time trial was going very well. I was less fortunate in the second half, I lost half of my handlebars then.
“Of course we’re off to a good start here with first and second place in the time trial. That’s important, because we’ve already won time on our competition. I hope for a bit of wind in the stages to come, so we can create even bigger time gaps. We’re going to have to wait and see. But the beginning is nice.”
Brennauer was close to the win, but welcomed the result. “I’m super happy,” she said. “I think it’s a really good start into the Tour, and in general it’s a very good result for the ITT. In the first ITT of the year, you never know where you’re at, and this was just a short one.”
The race continues on Thursday with a stage from Westerkwartier to Grootegast.