HTC-Columbia’s Ellen Van Dijk decidedly won the Ronde Van Geldrop criterium on her home turf in the Netherlands on Friday.
The 23-year-old Dutch rider and HTC-Columbia teammate Ina-Yoko Teutenberg of Germany launched an aggressive start of the 66-kilometer long criterium.
“After about ten minutes I attacked, and Ina and I worked together to the finish. It was really cool,” said Van Dijk. “The course was less than 2-kilometers, with lots of corners. It was a hard course, and in the morning it rained, but we had good conditions during the race. Next week we go to China for the Tour of Chongming Island World Cup race, so this was great preparation and I’m feeling strong for that.”
In women’s racing earlier this week, Emma Pooley (Cervélo TestTeam) won another convincing victory Thursday at the GP Suisse.
The women of Cervélo TestTeam dominated the race with all five members of finishing in the top 15. Pooley had formidable competition with Judith Arndt (HTC-Columbia) taking second and Jeannie Longo placing third.
“I felt real bad this morning, kind of shaky and normally I am not too nervous before a time trial,” said Emma Pooley, following her win. “I thought I was still tired from training. After Flèche Wallonne I was training really hard for the Tour d’Aude that’s coming so I thought maybe it wouldn’t go so well today. I didn’t want to start the race I felt so bad I thought I was going to have a really bad day. But sometimes it’s worth trying. I didn’t really know how I was doing because I rode today without a power meter. Sometimes it’s better to do it by feel. I could see I was catching some people on the climb, but it’s not just the climb there’s the descent and the flat part so that doesn’t mean very much because you don’t know how the other people are doing, you don’t know how well the people behind you are doing.”
The GP de Suisse/Souvenir de Magali Pache, part of the Tour de Romandie program, consists of an individual time trial on a 23.4 km long course in a race against the clock.