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Ann-Sophie Duyck awarded most combative prize in Women’s Tour

Ann-Sophie Duyck awarded most combative prize in Women’s Tour

Ann-Sophie Duyck awarded most combative prize in Women’s Tour

Belgian time trial champion Ann-Sophie Duyck went on the offensive during stage three of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. Duyck was awarded the most combative prize at the end of her day for her efforts after spending about 60 kilometres in the breakaway.

Stage 3 – the longest of the race – took place from Atherstone to Leamington Spa. Duyck said it was her plan for the day to go on the attack and was happy when the move eventually went.

“From the start I tried to be in the breakaway but the first attempts didn’t go,” Duyck said. “After about 55km one rider went away then I went with her and we stayed away until the second QOM. I think we were out there for about 55-60km. I enjoyed the race and being out there but I could not have done it without the support of the team and Thomas [Campana] in the car behind.”

“After the peloton caught us we had Cille [Uttrup Ludwig] and Clara [Koppenburg] in the front so I tried to cover some counter attacks but I was quite dead. It was a bunch sprint in the end which was chaotic.”

Duyck is in her first ever participation in the race and had praise for the organisation.  

“The crowds here are so impressive, the organisation here is on a high level, this is one of the best-organised races I’ve ever seen. I really love racing here, it all adds to the professional level.”

The race continues on Saturday from Evesham to Worcester over 134,6 kilometres.

Lotta Lepistö (FIN) leads the bunch into Warwick at OVO Energy Women's Tour 2018 - Stage 3, a 151 km road race from Atherstone to Leamington Spa, United Kingdom on June 15, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Ann-Sophie Duyck (BEL) in the break at OVO Energy Women's Tour 2018 - Stage 3, a 151 km road race from Atherstone to Leamington Spa, United Kingdom on June 15, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Ann-Sophie Duyck (BEL) leads the break at OVO Energy Women's Tour 2018 - Stage 3, a 151 km road race from Atherstone to Leamington Spa, United Kingdom on June 15, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Ann-Sophie Duyck (BEL) and Vita Heine (NOR) still clear on the first QoM at OVO Energy Women's Tour 2018 - Stage 3, a 151 km road race from Atherstone to Leamington Spa, United Kingdom on June 15, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Ann-Sophie Duyck (BEL) and Vita Heine (NOR) still clear on the first QoM at OVO Energy Women's Tour 2018 - Stage 3, a 151 km road race from Atherstone to Leamington Spa, United Kingdom on June 15, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Ann-Sophie Duyck (BEL) leads up the first QoM at OVO Energy Women's Tour 2018 - Stage 3, a 151 km road race from Atherstone to Leamington Spa, United Kingdom on June 15, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Ann-Sophie Duyck (BEL) and Vita Heine (NOR) still clear on the first QoM at OVO Energy Women's Tour 2018 - Stage 3, a 151 km road race from Atherstone to Leamington Spa, United Kingdom on June 15, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com