Today was an interesting one. The girls were still feeling the TTT from yesterday and we decided to try staying on top of things but not trying to force it all day long. It was another day without wind but with time difference from yesterday we knew there might be an opportunity for a break. This was for sure something most teams tried to do. We started fast and had more then 45km in the first hour of racing.
With wind the whole field would have shattered as we rode along a river and were really exposed. It wasn’t easy being up there but for sure not hard enough to make a difference, but girls kept trying so we were in for a fast day in the office. After the first 70km outside we entered the final loop which we had to do four times. It got stretched out at times with bonuses on the road and I was for sure feeling the fast racing in my legs and so did the other girls. Guess we had the team idea to take a breather with 35km to go and what happened? THE BREAK went without us and when we realized it was hard for us to even get to the front on the small roads.
I had to do a bit of a cyclo cross move over the grass and jump down 30cm to get there….reckon I scared some girls but luckily I did not go down, then I definitely wouldn’t be considered cool ! Ellen had a bit of sliding action on the other side and we finally reached the front and started our chase. We realized some big players were up front in the break and it wouldn’t be an easy task. We pretty much ended up doing another TTT for about 25km….good for me as I was actually able to stay with the girls today. Evie, Ellen,Lotte and me were able to pull the break back. There was for sure not much talking going on as we all knew we totally missed this break and it should never happen. We did even emphasize that point in the meeting….guess the pain in our legs will be a reminder tomorrow that this will not happen again.
We were able to hold on to the leaders jersey and Lotte will be wearing it tomorrow as she collected a bonus second on the road. Tomorrow’s stage will probably see some more fast riding and maybe we finally get a bit more wind so an echelon will reach the finish.