Race Report - Week 29

17-23 July

Picture by Paul Hinninck

La Course by le Tour de France

One of the biggest races of the year took place last week: La Course by le Tour de France. The first part of this race was a stage from Briançon to the top of the Col d’Izoard. A tough mission for our waowgirls, but a great experience none the less! Our girls showed the team colors during most of the flat part of the stage and the beginning of the climb of the famous Col d’Izoard. On the climb, they soon had to let the top riders go, no shame knowing all of the best riders in the world wanted to win this race.

Alice Cobb had to abandon the race, all the others reached the finish (Daniela Reis had some mechanical problems), but were too far back so they got classified as outside the time limit. Since none of them finished inside the top 20, there was no waowgirl to participate in the second part of La Course, a high pursuit race in Marseille.

Ditte Lenseclaes is the new regional road race champion

Two girls of our Development team were present at the regional road race championships at Malderen, a race that was open for all women juniors who wanted to participate. The first inhabitant of the region would be rewarded with the regional championship jersey.

The 55,8 km race ended in a bunch sprint. Canadian waowgirl Maggie Coles-Lyster, who has only been back in Belgium since a few days, closely finished second. Ditte Lenseclaes, who was one of the riders that qualified for the title, sprinted to a sixth place. Since she was the first qualifying rider to cross the finish line, she can now call herself the regional road race champion! Congrats Ditte!

Picture by Paul Hinninck

Picture by UEC

European Track Championships

Shari Bossuyt of our development team and Saartje Vandenbroucke are currently active at the European Track Championships as part of the national team.

During the events of the Omnium race for women juniors, Shari finished sixth in the scratch race and the elimination race, leaving her in sixth place for the AFSLUITENDE points race. Shari won the first sprint and gained a lap. With the last sprint to come, she was placed second overall. However, there were still four other girls in the running for second place. Shari finished fifth in the last sprint. This way, she got 115 points, just as much as two other riders, which meant they shared second place. Unfortunately in this case, the position in the last sprint decides which riders get which overall position. Since Shari was the last of these three to finish, she was put in fourth place, just missing the podium.

A few days later, Shari again finished second, this time in the Madison race for women juniors together with Noa Selosse.

Saartje Vandenbroucke took part in the team pursuit for women U23, in which the Belgian team finished fifth. She also finished seventh in the Scratch race and in the Omnium!

Monique van de Ree second at Strijpen

Monique Van de Ree put down a great performance at the regional race of Strijpen last Tuesday. She was part of a group of 14 riders that competed for second place, and won the sprint of this group! Shana Van Glabeke had a mechanical defect and had to abandon the race.

Picture by MTB_naygul

La Course by le Tour de France

One of the biggest races of the year took place last week: La Course by le Tour de France. The first part of this race was a stage from Briançon to the top of the Col d’Izoard. A tough mission for our waowgirls, but a great experience none the less! Our girls showed the team colors during most of the flat part of the stage and the beginning of the climb of the famous Col d’Izoard. On the climb, they soon had to let the top riders go, no shame knowing all of the best riders in the world wanted to win this race.

Alice Cobb had to abandon the race, all the others reached the finish (Daniela Reis had some mechanical problems), but were too far back so they got classified as outside the time limit. Since none of them finished inside the top 20, there was no waowgirl to participate in the second part of La Course, a high pursuit race in Marseille.

Picture by Paul Hinninck

Ditte Lenseclaes is the new regional road race champion

Two girls of our Development team were present at the regional road race championships at Malderen, a race that was open for all women juniors who wanted to participate. The first inhabitant of the region would be rewarded with the regional championship jersey.

The 55,8 km race ended in a bunch sprint. Canadian waowgirl Maggie Coles-Lyster, who has only been back in Belgium since a few days, closely finished second. Ditte Lenseclaes, who was one of the riders that qualified for the title, sprinted to a sixth place. Since she was the first qualifying rider to cross the finish line, she can now call herself the regional road race champion! Congrats Ditte!

Picture by Paul Hinninck

European Track Championships

Shari Bossuyt of our development team and Saartje Vandenbroucke are currently active at the European Track Championships as part of the national team.

During the events of the Omnium race for women juniors, Shari finished sixth in the scratch race and the elimination race, leaving her in sixth place for the AFSLUITENDE points race. Shari won the first sprint and gained a lap. With the last sprint to come, she was placed second overall. However, there were still four other girls in the running for second place. Shari finished fifth in the last sprint. This way, she got 115 points, just as much as two other riders, which meant they shared second place. Unfortunately in this case, the position in the last sprint decides which riders get which overall position. Since Shari was the last of these three to finish, she was put in fourth place, just missing the podium.

A few days later, Shari again finished second, this time in the Madison race for women juniors together with Noa Selosse.

Saartje Vandenbroucke took part in the team pursuit for women U23, in which the Belgian team finished fifth. She also finished seventh in the Scratch race and in the Omnium!

Picture by UEC

Monique van de Ree second at Strijpen

Monique Van de Ree put down a great performance at the regional race of Strijpen last Tuesday. She was part of a group of 14 riders that competed for second place, and won the sprint of this group! Shana Van Glabeke had a mechanical defect and had to abandon the race.

Picture by MTB_naygul

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