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by Shane Stokes

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Van Vleuten extends Boels Ladies Tour lead with ITT win

by Jeanine Laudy

With the top of the Boels Ladies Tour GC within seconds of each other after the second stage, and a lot of them established time trialists, tension was high at the stage three individual time trial. The 18.8 kilometres through Roosendaal provided an opportunity for a new overall leader to emerge.

However, GC leader Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) wasn’t planning on giving away her lead. In the orange skinsuit of the leader in the race, Van Vleuten was the last off the start ramp, but she powered to a dominant victory. She stopped the clock at 22:12, which eventually was four seconds faster than the European time trial champion Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) and no less than 26 seconds faster than former world ITT champion Linda Villumsen (VéloConcept).

Villumsen had set a fast time when she crossed the line, taking 10 seconds off from the time set by Mieke Kröger (Canyon-SRAM), the fastest time at that point. And while it wasn’t enough for Villumsen to take the win, VéloConcept was still very happy with their very first Women’s WorldTour podium.

With these results, Van Vleuten and Van Dijk remain one and two overall, although Van Vleuten extends her lead. Van Dijk had surely wanted to use the individual time trial to overcome the five-second deficit she had on her compatriot, but instead is now further behind.

Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM), third place overall ahead of stage three, was only one second slower than Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) in the time trial, so their positions overall, in third and fourth place, won’t change either. It means that the individual time trial, although having provided the opportunity for a GC overthrow, has led to a status quo. If anyone wants to keep Van Vleuten off the win, they’ll have to use the undulating weekend stages.

Stage 3 (ITT): Roosendaal > Roosendaal - Stage Result

Thursday 31st August 2017

1. nl
VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
Orica - Scott
00:22:12
2. nl
VAN DIJK Ellen
Team Sunweb
0:04
3. nz
VILLUMSEN Linda
Team VéloCONCEPT Women
0:26
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