Ellen van Dijk 2nd at the closing BLT TT, finishing 2nd overall

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Ellen van Dijk Lucinda Brand Pernille Mathiesen Leah Kirchmann Floortje Mackaij

European time trial champion Ellen van Dijk rode to 2nd place at the Boels Ladies Tour TT today, a ride strong enough to secure her 2nd in the GC.

Team Sunweb put in a strong showing at the closing TT of the Boels Ladies Tour today, with three riders finishing in the top 15. Starting the day 2nd in the GC, Lucinda Brand was on her way to a solid TT time to secure her placing in the overall but unfortunately she crashed and had to switch to a road bike, costing her precious seconds and taking her off the podium.

With four riders in the top 10 overall going into today’s final stage, the team had more cards to play with Ellen van Dijk, Leah Kirchmann and Floortje Mackaij all up there in the GC. All put in solid rides, with Ellen finishing the day in 2nd place with a time of 24 minutes and 22 seconds, enough to finish the race 2nd in the general classification.

Canadian time trial champion Leah Kirchmann rode to 7th, stopping the clock after the 18.6 kilometre test with a time of 25 minutes and 14 seconds. Floortje Mackaij rounded out the top 15 with her time of 25 minutes and 40 seconds. Both Leah and Floortje finish the race 5th and 11th in the GC respectively.

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Ellen said: “I’m pretty satisfied with the time trial today. Annemiek is in super form at the moment so it wasn’t a big surprise that she won. Of course I wanted the win and went as hard as I could, but that was enough for 2nd on the stage and in the GC. It’s a good performance and the team worked really well this week. We had some podium places but someone was just stronger. We did all we could and we can be happy with that. We’re all in good shape heading towards the worlds and we can look forward to that. It was a shame that Lucinda crashed, she was in a great spot in the GC and could have got a solid result. Thankfully she is ok with just some road rash.”

Team Sunweb coach Hendrik Werner said: “The GC really came down to the TT today and that’s reflected in the results where the strongest rider won. Leah, Floortje and Ellen all did really good rides but unfortunately Lucinda crashed during her TT on a corner. It’s a shame because she’s been so strong all week and loses her podium place but that’s how it is and most importantly she’s ok. We can look back on a very good Ladies Tour for the team. We gave it our all and in the end, it just came down to seconds.”