Dragoo out front in the penultimate stage of Healthy Ageing Tour
Allie Dragoo earned her second indivudal top ten of the Healthy Ageing Tour on Saturday. The American was part of a breakaway group that survived with just eight seconds and completed the stage in 5th position.
Wind caused ever race changing situation with several breakaway groups forming throughout the 126km stage. Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) took the stage win from the eventual successful break.
Dragoo’s move formed with two laps to go and never got a sizeable gap but as the kilometres ran down, the chance of the break surviving increased. “I didn’t think we would stay away,” Dragoo said. “We were going so slow so I started to sit in just in case we were caught and I needed some energy to help in the leadout. At the same time, it was very close and I was trying to be patient and covering moves just in case something went. A win would have been nice but I tried my best and that’s all I can do.”
Lisa Klein finished safely in the peloton, retaining her young rider’s jersey and staying fourth overall. One stage remains in the Dutch race. The final stage will also take on a circuit course and will comprise 117 kilometres.