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Lauren Hall sprinted to her first victory since February on Thursday in the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, getting the better of Italian Marta Bastianelli at the end of a 106.7km day. It was a rainy day on the narrow roads that are characteristic of the Netherlands.
“It took me a while to find the front of the race, but when I did, Bastianelli had just attacked so I jumped across to her and off we went,” said Hall. “Our team plan was to be in a break or at the front once we entered the circuits due to a narrowing section on each lap. The road went from a typical one-lane road to a small bike path for 10 meters then back to a main road. Bastianelli and I worked well together until the last 1km, and I knew we could play the sprint game for a bit seeing the last time check was 50 seconds at 1km to go. I pulled off at the 1km banner, and she pulled till 500 meters asking me to pull through again but the next time she threw her elbow (at 500 meters) I just attacked and went for the win.”
Riding for the U.S. national team, Hall now holds second-place overall behind Bastianelli. The duo came home 22 seconds ahead of the peloton, which was led in by Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products), who earned third place in Tiel, Netherlands.
The race is a six-stage tour, which finishes on Sunday and will likely hinge on Friday’s 11.4km time trial.