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Simac Ladies Tour stage 2: Lorena Wiebes storms to sprint win

Newly-crowned European champion beats Karlijn Swinkels and Audrey Cordon-Ragot in Lelystad.

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Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) won stage 1 of the Simac Ladies Tour from a reduced bunch after over 60km in a strong, 21-rider breakaway.

Wiebes sprinted to victory with a clear margin, beating Karlijn Swinkels (Jumbo Visma) and Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) into second and third.

A crash in the peloton saw the bunch split around 80km into the stage, after which a group of 21 riders established themselves in the front. With most big teams represented, the group worked well together and held their lead all the way to the line

A lead-out from Charlotte Kool and Franziska Koch delivered Wiebes to her 18th win of the season, and her first in the European champion’s jersey.

How it happened

The opening stage of the 2022 Simac Ladies Tour started and finished in Lelystad, taking in one and a half laps of an 83km circuit before heading back into the center of the city for the finale. Set in the pan-flat region of Flevoland, stage 1 was as flat as a stage could be — Lelystad sits at 3m below sea level — and looked nailed on for a sprint. The risks of Dutch winds posed a possible challenge, though.

The first 20km were somewhat uneventful, with no breakaways going as Team DSM led the peloton, already taking control in support of Wiebes, but the action soon started. After 25km, the crosswinds made themselves known for the first time and split the peloton, allowing a 28-rider group to emerge at the front of the race, 15 seconds ahead of the next group.

After a hard chase, the second group re-joined the lead to make a bigger bunch, but several riders were still distanced as the race headed towards the 40km mark.

Amongst the chaos of the wind, a crash saw Coryn Labecki (Jumbo-Visma) go down and abandon the race. The Simac Tour was the American’s return to racing after a two-month absence and would have been a key test ahead of the world championships in Wollongong next month.

With much of the peloton regrouped and the wind letting up, the peloton calmed slightly approaching the first bonus sprint of the race. Shortly after, Wiebes was involved in a crash that saw the peloton split again, though Wiebes made it to the front group that contained 21 riders after 80km.

Caught on the wrong side of the split, FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope chased in the second group, trying to close a 24-second gap to the front of the race.

Going into the final 40km of the race, the lead group’s advantage had grown to a minute. With many teams well represented, they were working well together and making it hard for the chasing riders. Among the sprinters represented in the lead were Lonneke Uneken (SD Worx), Alison Jackson (Liv Racing Xstra), Ruby Roseman-Gannon (BikeExchange-Jayco), and Chloe Hosking (Trek-Segafredo), but their chances were perhaps overshadowed by the presence of Wiebes, who also had key lead-out riders Charlotte Kool and Franziska Koch with her.

Despite a big push, their advantage did shrink somewhat going into the final 30km of the stage and what remained of the peloton behind had the leaders in view on the longer straights. After cooperating for so long, the front group began to attack each other in the final 15km, with the Liv Racing Xstra quartet of Jackson, Smulders, Buurman, and Korevaar taking turns to accelerate and forcing Team DSM to control things.

At 11km to go, Hosking punctured out of the lead group, which took some steam out of the leaders’ efforts as Trek shouldered less responsibility on the front. This caused the gap to shrink again, but with 4km to go, the leaders still held a healthy advantage and looked set to contest the win between them.

Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (SD Worx) launched an attack from the front group with 1.8km to go but could not get away. Going into the final kilometer, Kool once again executed an effective lead-out for Wiebes, allowing the European champion to easily outsprint the bunch, winning by several bike lengths. Karlijn Swinkels (Jumbo Visma) took second, whilst Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) just beat Jackson to take third.

With bonus seconds on the line, Wiebes now leads the race by two seconds over Swinkels. In the end, 19 leaders finished 49 seconds ahead of the peloton, meaning the general classification is already beginning to take shape after what was expected to be a straightforward sprint stage.

Tomorrow’s stage starting and finishing in Ede is a similarly flat day, taking in three laps of a 40km circuit with a small rise in the final 10km but a flat run to the line.

Simac Ladies Tour Stage 1 Results

Stage
RankNameTeamTime
1WIEBES LorenaTeam DSM3:17:24
2SWINKELS KarlijnTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
3CORDON-RAGOT AudreyTrek - Segafredo0:00
4JACKSON AlisonLiv Racing Xstra0:00
5DUVAL EugénieFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope0:00
6ROSEMAN-GANNON RubyTeam BikeExchange - Jayco0:00
7PALADIN SorayaCanyon//SRAM Racing0:00
8GASPARRINI Eleonora CamillaValcar - Travel & Service0:00
9HENDERSON AnnaTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
10KOREVAAR JeanneLiv Racing Xstra0:00
11UNEKEN LonnekeTeam SD Worx0:00
12KOOL CharlotteTeam DSM0:00
13BREDEWOLD MischaParkhotel Valkenburg0:00
14KASPER RomyTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
15KOCH FranziskaTeam DSM0:00
16HANSON LaurettaTrek - Segafredo0:00
17BÄCKSTEDT ElynorTrek - Segafredo0:00
18VAN DEN BROEK-BLAAK ChantalTeam SD Worx0:00
19SMULDERS SilkeLiv Racing Xstra0:00
20DRONOVA-BALABOLINA TamaraRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad0:46
21DE ZOETE MylèneAG Insurance - NXTG Team0:49
22AHTOSALO AnniinaUno-X Pro Cycling Team0:49
23HENGEVELD DaniekGT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling0:49
24DE WILDE JuliePlantur-Pura0:49
25DIDERIKSEN AmalieTrek - Segafredo0:49
26PLUIMERS IlseAG Insurance - NXTG Team0:49
27BAKER GeorgiaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco0:49
28GEORGI PfeifferTeam DSM0:49
29HOSKING ChloeTrek - Segafredo0:49
30ANDERSEN SusanneUno-X Pro Cycling Team0:49
31TOMASI LauraUAE Team ADQ0:49
32PATUELLI AlessiaUAE Team ADQ0:49
33BUJAK EugeniaUAE Team ADQ0:49
34RIJNBEEK MaudAG Insurance - NXTG Team0:49
35HARRIS EllaCanyon//SRAM Racing0:49
36KLEIN LisaCanyon//SRAM Racing0:49
37BAUR CarolineRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad0:49
38BARNES AliceCanyon//SRAM Racing0:49
39COPPONI ClaraFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope0:49
40FAHLIN EmiliaFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope0:49
41GROSSETÊTE MaëlleFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope0:49
42SEITZ AlineRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad0:49
43DE VRIES FemkeGT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling0:49
44LUNDMARK ClaraGT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling0:49
45SCHOENS QuintyParkhotel Valkenburg0:49
46MARKUS RiejanneTeam Jumbo-Visma0:49
47SCHWEINBERGER ChristinaPlantur-Pura0:49
48RÜEGG NoemiTeam Jumbo-Visma0:49
49BORGLI StineFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope0:49
50LUTRO AmalieUno-X Pro Cycling Team0:49
51SPRATT AmandaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco0:49
52CAMPBELL TenielTeam BikeExchange - Jayco0:49
53SANGUINETI IlariaValcar - Travel & Service0:49
54KIRCHMANN LeahTeam DSM0:49
55MOOLMAN AshleighTeam SD Worx0:49
56CONSONNI ChiaraValcar - Travel & Service0:49
57WRIGHT SophieUAE Team ADQ0:49
58FOURNIER RoxaneTeam SD Worx0:49
59NOOIJEN LiekeParkhotel Valkenburg0:49
60GHEKIERE JustinePlantur-Pura0:49
61KESSLER NinaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco0:49
62UIJEN EliseTeam DSM0:49
63CARBONARI AnastasiaValcar - Travel & Service0:49
64CECCHINI ElenaTeam SD Worx0:49
65PIRRONE ElenaValcar - Travel & Service0:49
66DIJKSTRA AnnekeGT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling0:49
67KNAVEN SenneAG Insurance - NXTG Team0:59
68ALLEN JessicaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco0:59
69CANT SannePlantur-Pura1:08
70VAN ROOIJEN ElineAG Insurance - NXTG Team1:52
71CIPRESSI CarlottaValcar - Travel & Service8:40
72OUDEMAN MaudCanyon//SRAM Racing8:40
73ZANETTI LindaUAE Team ADQ8:40
74VAN DER WOLF RosalieParkhotel Valkenburg8:40
75BAKS MarissaGT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling8:40
76VAN DER HULST AmberLiv Racing Xstra8:40
77BARBIERI RacheleLiv Racing Xstra8:40
78GUILMAN VictorieFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope8:40
79COUZENS MilliePlantur-Pura8:40
80VAN HAAFTEN KirstieParkhotel Valkenburg8:40
81VAN DE VELDE JuliePlantur-Pura8:40
82BARNES HannahUno-X Pro Cycling Team8:40
83VAN DER MOLEN YuliAG Insurance - NXTG Team8:40
84BUURMAN EvaLiv Racing Xstra15:36
85BUCH HannahRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad15:36
86VAN NECK MelissaGT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling15:36
87KOERNER RebeccaUno-X Pro Cycling Team15:36
GC
RankNameTeamTime
1WIEBES LorenaTeam DSM3:17:13
2SWINKELS KarlijnTeam Jumbo-Visma0:05
3CORDON-RAGOT AudreyTrek - Segafredo0:05
4JACKSON AlisonLiv Racing Xstra0:07
5HENDERSON AnnaTeam Jumbo-Visma0:08
6DUVAL EugénieFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope0:11
7ROSEMAN-GANNON RubyTeam BikeExchange - Jayco0:11
8PALADIN SorayaCanyon//SRAM Racing0:11
9GASPARRINI Eleonora CamillaValcar - Travel & Service0:11
10KOREVAAR JeanneLiv Racing Xstra0:11
11UNEKEN LonnekeTeam SD Worx0:11
12KOOL CharlotteTeam DSM0:11
13BREDEWOLD MischaParkhotel Valkenburg0:11
14KASPER RomyTeam Jumbo-Visma0:11
15KOCH FranziskaTeam DSM0:11
16HANSON LaurettaTrek - Segafredo0:11
17BÄCKSTEDT ElynorTrek - Segafredo0:11
18VAN DEN BROEK-BLAAK ChantalTeam SD Worx0:11
19SMULDERS SilkeLiv Racing Xstra0:11
20DRONOVA-BALABOLINA TamaraRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad0:57
21GEORGI PfeifferTeam DSM0:58
22DE ZOETE MylèneAG Insurance - NXTG Team1:00
23AHTOSALO AnniinaUno-X Pro Cycling Team1:00
24HENGEVELD DaniekGT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling1:00
25DE WILDE JuliePlantur-Pura1:00
26DIDERIKSEN AmalieTrek - Segafredo1:00
27PLUIMERS IlseAG Insurance - NXTG Team1:00
28BAKER GeorgiaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco1:00
29HOSKING ChloeTrek - Segafredo1:00
30ANDERSEN SusanneUno-X Pro Cycling Team1:00
31TOMASI LauraUAE Team ADQ1:00
32PATUELLI AlessiaUAE Team ADQ1:00
33BUJAK EugeniaUAE Team ADQ1:00
34RIJNBEEK MaudAG Insurance - NXTG Team1:00
35HARRIS EllaCanyon//SRAM Racing1:00
36KLEIN LisaCanyon//SRAM Racing1:00
37BAUR CarolineRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad1:00
38BARNES AliceCanyon//SRAM Racing1:00
39COPPONI ClaraFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope1:00
40FAHLIN EmiliaFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope1:00
41GROSSETÊTE MaëlleFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope1:00
42SEITZ AlineRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad1:00
43DE VRIES FemkeGT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling1:00
44LUNDMARK ClaraGT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling1:00
45SCHOENS QuintyParkhotel Valkenburg1:00
46MARKUS RiejanneTeam Jumbo-Visma1:00
47SCHWEINBERGER ChristinaPlantur-Pura1:00
48RÜEGG NoemiTeam Jumbo-Visma1:00
49BORGLI StineFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope1:00
50LUTRO AmalieUno-X Pro Cycling Team1:00
51SPRATT AmandaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco1:00
52CAMPBELL TenielTeam BikeExchange - Jayco1:00
53SANGUINETI IlariaValcar - Travel & Service1:00
54KIRCHMANN LeahTeam DSM1:00
55MOOLMAN AshleighTeam SD Worx1:00
56CONSONNI ChiaraValcar - Travel & Service1:00
57WRIGHT SophieUAE Team ADQ1:00
58FOURNIER RoxaneTeam SD Worx1:00
59NOOIJEN LiekeParkhotel Valkenburg1:00
60GHEKIERE JustinePlantur-Pura1:00
61KESSLER NinaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco1:00
62UIJEN EliseTeam DSM1:00
63CARBONARI AnastasiaValcar - Travel & Service1:00
64CECCHINI ElenaTeam SD Worx1:00
65PIRRONE ElenaValcar - Travel & Service1:00
66DIJKSTRA AnnekeGT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling1:00
67KNAVEN SenneAG Insurance - NXTG Team1:10
68ALLEN JessicaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco1:10
69CANT SannePlantur-Pura1:19
70VAN ROOIJEN ElineAG Insurance - NXTG Team2:03
71CIPRESSI CarlottaValcar - Travel & Service8:51
72OUDEMAN MaudCanyon//SRAM Racing8:51
73ZANETTI LindaUAE Team ADQ8:51
74VAN DER WOLF RosalieParkhotel Valkenburg8:51
75BAKS MarissaGT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling8:51
76VAN DER HULST AmberLiv Racing Xstra8:51
77BARBIERI RacheleLiv Racing Xstra8:51
78GUILMAN VictorieFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope8:51
79COUZENS MilliePlantur-Pura8:51
80VAN HAAFTEN KirstieParkhotel Valkenburg8:51
81VAN DE VELDE JuliePlantur-Pura8:51
82BARNES HannahUno-X Pro Cycling Team8:51
83VAN DER MOLEN YuliAG Insurance - NXTG Team8:51
84BUURMAN EvaLiv Racing Xstra15:47
85BUCH HannahRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad15:47
86VAN NECK MelissaGT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling15:47
87KOERNER RebeccaUno-X Pro Cycling Team15:47
Points
RankNameTeamPoints
1WIEBES LorenaTeam DSM25
2SWINKELS KarlijnTeam Jumbo-Visma20
3CORDON-RAGOT AudreyTrek - Segafredo16
4JACKSON AlisonLiv Racing Xstra14
5DUVAL EugénieFDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope12
6ROSEMAN-GANNON RubyTeam BikeExchange - Jayco10
7PALADIN SorayaCanyon//SRAM Racing9
8GASPARRINI Eleonora CamillaValcar - Travel & Service8
9HENDERSON AnnaTeam Jumbo-Visma7
10KOREVAAR JeanneLiv Racing Xstra6
11UNEKEN LonnekeTeam SD Worx5
12KOOL CharlotteTeam DSM4
13BREDEWOLD MischaParkhotel Valkenburg3
14KASPER RomyTeam Jumbo-Visma2
15KOCH FranziskaTeam DSM1
Youth
RankNameTeamTime
1GASPARRINI Eleonora CamillaValcar - Travel & Service3:17:24
2UNEKEN LonnekeTeam SD Worx0:00
3BREDEWOLD MischaParkhotel Valkenburg0:00
4KOCH FranziskaTeam DSM0:00
5BÄCKSTEDT ElynorTrek - Segafredo0:00
6SMULDERS SilkeLiv Racing Xstra0:00
7GEORGI PfeifferTeam DSM0:47
8AHTOSALO AnniinaUno-X Pro Cycling Team0:49
9HENGEVELD DaniekGT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling0:49
10DE WILDE JuliePlantur-Pura0:49
11PLUIMERS IlseAG Insurance - NXTG Team0:49
12PATUELLI AlessiaUAE Team ADQ0:49
13RIJNBEEK MaudAG Insurance - NXTG Team0:49
14RÜEGG NoemiTeam Jumbo-Visma0:49
15LUTRO AmalieUno-X Pro Cycling Team0:49
16NOOIJEN LiekeParkhotel Valkenburg0:49
17UIJEN EliseTeam DSM0:49
18KNAVEN SenneAG Insurance - NXTG Team0:59
19VAN ROOIJEN ElineAG Insurance - NXTG Team1:52
20CIPRESSI CarlottaValcar - Travel & Service8:40
21OUDEMAN MaudCanyon//SRAM Racing8:40
22ZANETTI LindaUAE Team ADQ8:40
23VAN DER WOLF RosalieParkhotel Valkenburg8:40
24COUZENS MilliePlantur-Pura8:40
25VAN DER MOLEN YuliAG Insurance - NXTG Team8:40
26BUCH HannahRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad15:36
27KOERNER RebeccaUno-X Pro Cycling Team15:36
Mountains
RankNameTeamPoints
1SWINKELS KarlijnTeam Jumbo-Visma5
2CORDON-RAGOT AudreyTrek - Segafredo3
3HENDERSON AnnaTeam Jumbo-Visma1
Teams
RankNameTime
1Team Jumbo-Visma9:52:12
2Team DSM0:00
3Liv Racing Xstra0:00
4Trek - Segafredo0:00
5Team SD Worx0:49
6Canyon//SRAM Racing1:38
7FDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope1:38
8Team BikeExchange - Jayco1:38
9Valcar - Travel & Service1:38
10Parkhotel Valkenburg1:38
11Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad2:24
12AG Insurance - NXTG Team2:27
13UAE Team ADQ2:27
14Uno-X Pro Cycling Team2:27
15GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling2:27
16Plantur-Pura2:27

Results provided by ProCyclingStats.