The rain had been threatening for a few days and after Stage 5 it really began. We had been lucky to stay (relatively) dry in the whole tour but felt our luck was going to run out for the last day of the Dutch tour. We woke up to drizzle and ate our breakfasts watching it fall more and more outside and mentally prepared ourselves for a gruelling day. There were 18 climbs to tackle in the Limburg region where the World Champs was hosted last year and where the Holland Hills Classic is run earlier in the year. We… View Post

It was a grey day at the start of Stage 5 in the Holland Ladies Tour. The forecast was possible showers but no wind, and the course description in the race program included many “Warning: narrow road” notes… We were in for another messy and stressful day. Aussie Chloe Hosking took a well deserved win against the seemingly unbeatable Kirsten Wild in a mass bunch sprint after a very fast and aggressive stage. As soon as the neutral section was finished the speed increased and stayed high all day. Many teams including Futurimshop, Boels-Dolmans, Hitec, Tibco, Sengers and Rabobank all… View Post

It was another flat day of racing in the Holland Ladies tour and again there was hardly a breath of wind to stir up the bunch. Surprisingly a breakaway of two riders stayed away until the finish and the bunch has to sprint for third. Our team tried to be aggressive but the lack of wind made it hard to make much impact on the race with many teams always chasing us down. The race was five laps of a 23km circuit starting and finishing in the town of Papendrecht. It was reasonably technical with many corners and single lane… View Post