Impressions from the Ronde van Drenthe
The Bigla riders took on the WorldTour race, the Ronde van Drenthe, a 165.7km-long route with 11 cobblestone sections and three ascents of the Vamberg, which features gradients of up to 21 per cent. It was a tough day in the saddle, with inclement weather conditions not making the race any easier. Maria Sperotto took her chances and launched a solo attack during the race, but was ultimately pulled back by the chasing main field. These photos from our photographer, Vélofocus, tell the tale:
Lizzy Banks on the tough slopes of the Vamberg, which ramps up to over 20 percent in some sections.
Maria Vittoria Sperotto taking on the cobbles. Our Italian rider launched a solo attack during the race, which was brought back several kilometres later by the peloton.
Maria Vittoria Sperotto on the cobbles, back in the main field.
Maria Vittoria Sperotto back in the peloton as it takes on some very small and windy roads.
Nicole Hanselmann pushing through a cobbled sector.
Maria Vittoria Sperotto in the main field after her solo effort.
Lizzy Banks on the steep slopes of the Vamberg.
Lizzy Banks pushing hard as weather conditions dry up.
The Team Edition RERE by Chapter2, taking on all the elements during the race.