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You'd say van Dijk is the big danger for them, she hung around that chase group not contributing for quite a lot of today. Reusser had to go very deep to try to manage the bunch today, and as she lacks a sprint weapon and would have to try to escape solo I can't see her managing to shed the SD Worx juggernaut.
 
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You'd say van Dijk is the big danger for them, she hung around that chase group not contributing for quite a lot of today. Reusser had to go very deep to try to manage the bunch today, and as she lacks a sprint weapon and would have to try to escape solo I can't see her managing to shed the SD Worx juggernaut.
It will be almost impossible for Reusser to win, unless we'll se more crashes, which there will be no need for.

The hills tomorrow don't seem to be hard enough for anyone to put Blaak under major pressure, but SD Worx did lose both Majerus and Cecchini yesterday, so they might not be able to close down every attack. But that is obviously not required either, when they they don't really have to focus anyone other than Van Dijk.
 
It will be almost impossible for Reusser to win, unless we'll se more crashes, which there will be no need for.

The hills tomorrow don't seem to be hard enough for anyone to put Blaak under major pressure, but SD Worx did lose both Majerus and Cecchini yesterday, so they might not be able to close down every attack. But that is obviously not required either, when they they don't really have to focus anyone other than Van Dijk.
You'd say anybody other than van Dijk, they'll just staple Vollering to their back wheel and they either get pulled back or they drag Demi to victory.
 
Thought yesterday's mess would reflect on DNS more than on DNFs.
Shame for the final stage.
Starting peloton halved.
I know that Norsgaard took the start but had to retire shortly after, becuase the pain in her ribs made it impossible to continue. Cille crashed, but continued, at least for a bit, before she also withdrew. Because they rode multiple laps today, it was also easier for riders not to finish the stage, especially if neither themselves nor their teams had much to ride for anyway.
 
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I would like a couple of months now with Norsgaard and Ludwig not crashing, please and thank you:sweat::fearscream:
I know that Norsgaard took the start but had to retire shortly after, becuase the pain in her ribs made it impossible to continue. Cille crashed, but continued, at least for a bit, before she also withdrew. Because they rode multiple laps today, it was also easier for riders not to finish the stage, especially if neither themselves nor their teams had much to ride for anyway.
 
Campbell has been caught by the péloton too. Janneke Ensing is being Janneke Ensing, which is great to see seeing as we won't have the chance to see it for much longer, attacking, crossing the gap, and then immediately attacking the break to go solo because that's what she does. This was the kind of move that got her all her best results and visibility in her Parkhotel and Alé-Cipollini days, before the disastrous Sunweb experiment.

Korevaar crosses the gap and joins Janneke at the front. The péloton swallows up part of the remainder of the breakaway, and a few riders trying to fight across the gap now joining the escapee, led by Parkhotel, and it looks like the two groups will rejoin one another. Trixi Worrack is done up front. New group is Janneke Ensing, Jeanne Korevaar, Mischa Bredewold, Eugénie Duval, Ella Harris, Teuntje Beekhuis and Silke Smulders. They have around 30 seconds. Valcar-Travel & Service chasing for a sprint, but not getting too much support for their efforts from other teams. Duval attacking to split the group, and Ella Harris unable to hold the wheel. This hurts Ensing because she was on the back of the group and the only one behind Harris when she was caught out, and so the former speed-skater is having to really push it to get back to the front and is in a bit of a no-woman's-land behind the front 5, her shortcomings in bike handling in the wet are hurting her in this run-in as well as she struggles to hold the wheels on wet corners and is braking and bolt upright like Ivan Basso. Beekhuis is riding all over the white lines in the road, which is playing with fire in this weather.

On the uphill, however, Ensing comfortably finds her way back on to the group, where her surfeit of raw power is prized over the deficit in confident bike-handling. Harris looks like she's about to be swallowed up by the bunch. Unfortunately for her, the technical bit where she struggled is close to the finish, so she'd want to go earlier, but she's just had to launch a serious effort in order to catch back on.

Bredewold attacks and Duval goes over her, the two plus Smulders now on the front. Beekhuis and Korevaar trying to come across but the bunch looks like it's going to catch them, they have been using stragglers from the break as targets and picking them up. With Harris and Worrack caught, Canyon-SRAM and Trek have now been helping the chase, it looks like the bunch is going to win. Well, what remains of it, there's only about 30 riders there... and at 3km from home, Lisa Klein pulls back the escapees. Sprint incoming... looks like the likes of Barnes, Pieters and Dideriksen are the target. Dideriksen launches, but she goes too early, and who would be there to profit, coming out of the wheel at the last to take the win, but Eddy Merckx?
 
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I just noticed that Movistar isn't riding GP Plouay/Lorient Agglomeration.. I guess it's due to the Simac Ladies Tour ending the day before and Vuelta Challenge on the 2nd. Still strange that a WWT race wont have all 8 World Teams.
BikeExchange are apparently not riding it either. Two years agot here were 23 competiting teams, this year the number is only 15.

Startlist: https://firstcycling.com/race.php?r=9057&y=2021&k=8

Trek vs. SD Worx for the win.



 

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