Lorena Wiebes sprints supremely to first win of the season

Lorena Wiebes sprints supremely to first win of the season

"Fantastic to win right away after such a team performance"


There was no measure of Lorena Wiebes in Dubai Harbour. In the expected bunch sprint in the first stage of the UAE Tour, Wiebes sprinted supremely to the first win of the season for Team SD Worx-Protime. The 24-year-old Dutch top sprinter placed the crown on the preparatory work of her sprint train. "I was brought perfectly and was able to stay out of the wind for a long time. It's fantastic to open the season like this with Team SD Worx-Protime."

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The first stage of the UAE Tour marked the opener of the season for Team SD Worx-Protime. The first big test also for the lead-out train for Lorena Wiebes. Her teammates not only kept Wiebes perfectly in front, but also made sure she didn't catch a breath of wind. First Guarischi pulled ahead and then Lotte Kopecky piloted the top sprinter into the final hundreds of meters. And then Wiebes pounced with a scorching vernselling. Good for the first win of the season.

"It's great to immediately win the first race of the season," said Lorena Wiebes. "The team's lead-out was textbook racing. We had decided beforehand that we would sprint on the right side because the wind was coming from the left. We also wanted to wait as long as possible so we didn't have to sprint full into the wind. There was chaos in the peloton on the last long stretch, but with us everyone stayed cool. They set me off perfectly. I'm glad I finished as well."

Lotte Kopecky was the locomotive that brought Wiebes up to speed. "It's nice to have the world champion as lead-out rider for you. Our cooperation is going fine. That's how it works at Team SD Worx-Protime, we don't shy away from working flat out for each other. And that produces success."

With that, Wiebes immediately opens her victory counter this season. "Tomorrow a new sprint opportunity normally presents itself. The leader's jersey will create a bit more pressure for us. The wind will certainly play a role, but we are ready for any fans...", Wiebes concludes.

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