It was a race of 144 kilometres for the Women at the Dutch Road Championship in Emmen this year and 139 riders had the privilege to start the race. After a while, quite a lot of riders managed to stay away and form a head bunch. A lot of good riders were present in the group, so it became quite an exciting finale. Annemiek van Vleuten, Iris Slappendel, Chantal Blaak, Lucinda Brand and Amy Pieters: they were all there to compete against each other.
This year the KNWU decided to reward the U23 Women as well. The U23 Men have their own race, but there isn’t a separate race for the Women who are U23. So the U23 riders within the women’s race could win the U23 title and it was Demi de Jong (DLT) this time who became the new Dutch Champion Women U23. Riejanne Markus (PHV) became second and Kelly Markus (RYT) third.
It was Lucinda Brand (RBW) who attacked in the head bunch and, as she has managed before at the nationals in 2013, she stayed away. For the second time in her career the 25-year-old became the Dutch Champion. Amy Pieters (LIV) won the bunch sprint before Annemiek van Vleuten (BCT), who became third.
The two new Dutch Champions: Demi de Jong (DLT) and Lucinda Brand (RBW). “Wauw,” Demi de Jong stated on Twitter. The young talent was certainly happy with her special victory in the U23 category. “Can not say how happy person I’m that I can where this beautiful jersey again. All @raboliv girls /staff tnx!” Lucinda Brand said about her 2nd national title on Twitter. “For some it’s just normal,” her teammate Roxane Knetemann tweeted with a photo of Lucinda Brand carrying a bag with her red-white-blue jersey hanging from it.