BPCT gewinnt den Novilon Eurocup
Although the results page will show no immediate impressive result for the Bigla Pro Cycling Team from Sunday’s Novilon Eurocup, it was another impressive performance by the Swiss team.
The team took to the start with Annemiek van Vleuten, Lotta Lepistö, Nicole Hanselmann, Emilie Aubry, Iris Slappendel and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio. Unfortunately Shelley Olds gave the race a skip after waking up sore following a crash in the previous day’s Ronde van Drenthe World Cup.
In the first hour of racing, a dangerous 14 rider group got off the front with a lead that went up to almost 1 minute. Having missed the move, BPCT and Orica-AIS took it upon themselves to bring the move back. After a tireless chase, the group was finally reeled in which left a 40-rider lead group on the road.
Slappendel did what she does best and attack off the front in the kind of racing she has become known for. The Dutch Champion was joined by Taylor Wiles (Velocio-SRAM) and built up a lead of 40 seconds. They were later joined by Lucinda Brand (Rabo-Liv) and the trio tried to hold off a chasing bunch from behind. In the closing kilometres is was tough to predict where the winner would come from but the peloton eventually caught the break within sight of the finish line. Kirsten Wild (Hitec-Products) took the honours ahead of Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-Honda) and Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans).
I have mixed feelings from today. We made a big mistake to all miss the first echelon. Annemiek, Lotta and I chased for 100 kilometres and finally we caught the break. We saved Ashleigh for the final. I was super tired but anyway we attacked to avoid a sprint. And to my surprise I got a gap 13 km to go with Taylor. We worked well together but then Brand joined and she didn't work so that interrupted our group a bit. But I had hoped we could make it, I don't know what was happening behind us but we had max 45 seconds. The last km's they entered fast and caught us just with 500 m to go.
Hard day with echelonaction from the start .100km chase...but started rightaway with attacking with my teammates: Iris caught in last km 🙁
— Annemiek van Vleuten (@AvVleuten) March 15, 2015