Ronde van Overijssel Women 2015 / 1 May / Rijssen
After last year’s successful first Women’s edition of the Ronde van Overijssel, the organisation decided to continue with this new international event. The Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team came with Evelyn Stevens, Ellen van Dijk, Chantal Blaak and Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Armitstead to the start of this year’s race. Roxane Knetemann from the Rabo-Liv Women Cycling Team returned after last year’s unsuccessful breakaway. She brought her teammates Anouska Koster, Anna Knauer and Moniek Tenniglo to the Ronde van Overijssel for Women.
Speaker Aschwin Kruders talked to Kelly Druyts from Topsport Vlaanderen Pro Duo, who won a stage in the Holland Ladies Tour and the Trophée d’Or Féminin in 2014, but is even more successful in track cycling. This year’s course was 143 kilometres long. The riders left the Parkgebouw in Rijssen at 15.45 and finished at about 19.25 in the Wijnand Zeeuwstraat in Rijssen. This year’s town of the Ronde is Markelo, where the riders could win a sprint prize.
The first part of the race was not that interesting; the peloton stayed together for a long time. At the end of the race, in the final local circuit, a head bunch escaped from the peloton. They had an advantage of 1 minute and 50 seconds, but there were only 10 seconds left before the finish line. The head bunch sprinted for the victory and Lauren Kitchen from Australia was the fastest rider.
The most combative rider of the day was Natalie van Gogh (PHV), who also became second in the race. The winner of the sprint in Markelo, the town of the Ronde was Anouska Koster (RBW), who became third in the race. Kirsten Wild (HPU) is currently the leader of the GC in the Topcompetition. Anna Knauer (RBW) is the U23 leader in the Topcompetition.