Returning from injury, Emma Norsgaard Jørgensen nets seventh place on the second stage of the Boels Ladies Tour
Today’s stage of the Boels Ladies Tour took the peloton around Gennep in the southeast of the Netherlands. The parcours was almost pancake flat and, like on the preceding stage, it was expected that the day would be decided in a mass sprint. Rain and wind made racing particularly difficult. The Bigla riders were present at the head of the field for quite some time to control the race, and despite several breakaway attempts, the peloton remained largely together. In the last kilometres, the teams of the sprinters dramatically increased the tempo, with the Bigla riders still mixing it up out front. A thrilling battle ensued on the finishing straight to decide the stage, which was again taken out by Lorena Wiebes. After a day spent riding attentively at the head of the peloton, the Bigla riders were rewarded with a top ten result, in the form of Emma Norsgaard Jørgensen’s seventh place.
Team Manager Thomas Campana said after the stage: “At this race, we’re trying to bring Emma back to high-level racing. It’s her third race of the season after a long injury, so it’s fantastic to see that she is already able to compete against the best sprinters in the world after 7 months out. Her teammates focused on bringing her into a good position for the final sprint, and it was excellent to see her take a top ten today, which shows that she’s on her way back to form.”