Dutch Road Championships 2014 / 28 June / Elite Women
The women’s road race at the Dutch Championships in Ootmarsum started at three o’clock in the afternoon. As usual, it took place after the race for Men U23. There were 123 riders at the start and 59 ladies managed to finish the women’s road race at the Dutch Nationals. They had to complete 130 kilometres, which meant that they had to ride the course in Twente 10 times that afternoon.
Mariël Borgerink from the NWVG/Bike4Air team was the first woman with a serious attack in the race. Borgerink studies in Groningen, but grew up in Denekamp, which is not that far from Ootmarsum. The Road Championship was a “home race” for her in which she showed her potential. Later on, it was Roxane Knetemann from Rabo Liv who left the peloton behind her. After her attack, her teammate Lucinda Brand got away on her own. She became the Dutch Road Champion last year in Kerkrade and came to Ootmarsum to prolong her title.
But another teammate of Lucinda Brand, the 29-year-old Iris Slappendel, also decided to attack. Slappendel reached Brand just before the finish and this resulted in a very exciting sprint in the finale. It was Slappendel who managed to pass Brand just before the finish line. The couple lay down on the concrete right after the finish line and Marianne Vos came to see how they were doing (photo above). Lucinda Brand was in tears after this thrilling finale. She was so close to another title, but could not stay in front of her teammate and friend Iris Slappendel. However, Brand still let Slappendel drive back with her, stating on Twitter: “Podium girls in the Twingo to Hengelooooo!”
Iris Slappendel was very happy to finally win the Dutch Road Championship and that “at her age”. This is what she told the public with a big smile during the podium ceremony. Lucinda Brand could also smile again on stage when she received a medal for her second place. Marianne Vos (RBW) won the sprint from the peloton and completed the podium. Annemiek van Vleuten (RBW) became fourth, but had already secured the Dutch Time Trial title earlier on in the week.