29 Jul Sparkassen Giro
Nothing to lose; the beauty of a one day race. The Sparkassen Giro has a pro men’s post tour crit along with a women’s UCI 1.1 77km road race. The course had 6 laps with each lapping starting with a small crit that climbs away from town, then takes a tight u-turn back into town towards the finish. The beginning of the race was aggressive with attacks coming one after another from Wiggle Honda. I followed a few moves, but nothing ever stuck. And that’s how the majority of the race went. On the last lap there was a small break that got away on the downhill, Vera Koedooder got away solo but she was swallowed up into the hectic group with 1.5km to go. I have never heard so much yelling and screaming in the last kilometer; I thought it was outrageous. Yet I found a calmness within the chaos and shimmied my way up into the top 10 with 1km to go. Into the last corner 2 Sengers girls led through clean then Charlotte Becker slid out of the last corner and interrupted Kirsten Wild’s line while I was on the inside and came clear out of the last corner in 3rd. I had to capitalize on the situation and start my sprint early right out of the corner. I was holding 3rd as I spun out towards the line, but at the last second Kirsten Wild just pipped me on the line and I ended up crossing the line in 5th. I would have been absolutely overwhelmed if I held on to that 3rd and got on the podium, but I am happy with a top 5. And as far as I can remember I think this is the first time for me to score UCI points as well – sweet! I find it funny while in the final sprint everything seems like it’s going in slow-motion, yet you’re hitting top speed at the same time.
Thanks for taking the time to read! One more race in Europe before I head back to the states, Lotto Cycling Cup Erondegemse Pijl in Erpe-Mere, Belgium. Ciao for now!