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by Shane Stokes
April 7, 2018
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Stage 2 winner Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans) is still firmly in the driving seat at the Healthy Ageing Tour, maintaining her overall lead in both Friday morning’s stage 3a and the afternoon’s team time trial.
The former was won by Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5), who was quickest to the line at the end of the 66.2 kilometre stage to Winschoten. She beat Pieters’ teammate Christine Majerus, Lisa Klein (Canyon-SRAM), Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and 27 others in a big sprint. Alice Barnes (Canyon-SRAM), who had been second overall, finished in a group 56 seconds back and dropped to 11th overall. Pieters’ teammate Anna van der Breggen moved from third to second, 27 seconds back.
The afternoon stage was a flat 17.5 kilometre TTT in Stadskanaal, and was won by Boels-Dolmans. Team Virtu Cycling was 52 seconds back, with Canyon-SRAM at one minute one second. Pieters maintains her 27 second advantage over van der Breggen, with teammates Chantal Blaak and Christine Majerus third and fourth overall.
She is in a good position to take overall victory, but doesn’t want to take anything for granted. “Let’s await tomorrow first, tomorrow is also a long day,” she said. “ I hope we get through well, then we can start to look forward to Sunday. I am satisfied with how things are going at the moment, but the whole team is very strong, so we have a lot of confidence going into the races. That’s why I very much look forward to the weekend stages.”
The 2.1-ranked event concludes on Sunday.