Supreme Lorena Wiebes scores third win in a row at Tour of Drenthe

Supreme Lorena Wiebes scores third win in a row at Tour of Drenthe

"This winning streak gives a top feeling"


Team SD Worx is thundering through the season like an express train. In Ronde van Drenthe modified by the snowfall, the team had the race under control, after which a supreme Lorena Wiebes sprinted to a third WorldTour victory in a row for Team SD Worx. The European champion is also the first rider to be fastest three times in a row at the Tour of Drenthe. "This is very special. Also because the team is in a winning mood. Everything went completely right and then I am happy I could finish it," Wiebes said.

Linked race Tour of Drenthe - Linked cyclists Lonneke Uneken Elena Cecchini Christine Majerus Lorena Wiebes Femke Markus Mischa Bredewold

De lente begint in Drenthe, luidt de slogan van de Ronde van Drenthe. Al speelde sneeuw dit jaar voor spelbreker. Door de ijzige omstandigheden moest het parcours worden gewijzigd. In plaats van een rit in lijn met drie plaatselijke rondjes rond de VAM-berg en een lokale ronde van 40 kilometer in Hoogeveen, moest het peloton zes plaatselijke rondes rond de VAM-berg afwerken, waarna het richting de finish ging. 

"We prepared for the race like any other race, so for us that change didn't make much of a difference mentally. We just felt like racing," said winner Lorena Wiebes. "We wanted a hard course, so in that respect we were happy that the VAM Mountain had to be climbed six times. There we were also alert at the front all the time. At the third passage, Mischa (Bredewold) was in front, after which I also pulled away. However, everything came together again."

In the streets of Hoogeveen, there was eventually a sprint for victory. Wiebes: "The pressure was great beforehand, but we had the whole race under control. So I went to the finish with a lot of confidence. The team kept me in front just fine. The lead-out went well, but at one point I lost the wheel a bit. I saw it open on the right and then went full on."

After which Lorena Wiebes sprinted markedly to a unique third win in a row at the Tour of Drenthe. "This was a goal for me. It's special to get a hat-trick here as a Dutch rider. Especially also because this is a fourth win in a row for Team SD Worx after Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Omloop van het Hageland and Strade Bianche. This winning streak gives a lot of confidence for what is still to come."

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