With a small team of four riders plus guest rider Catherine Colyn on the start, the plan was to ride smart in the Trofee Maarten Wynants (UCI 1.2). We were outnumbered by most, but with 12 laps of the twisty circuit to complete we certainly could be confident we’d be familiar with the finish. Our numbers weren’t helped when after just 30km Harriet was the victim of a crash in the peloton ending her day with a hand injury.
The first significant break of the day was three strong and included the ever strong Natalie van Gogh. Fresh from her 2nd place in Holland two weeks ago, she was one of the pre-race favorites. Although the break was left to hang out the front for several laps, the gap never reached more than 50 seconds. With a couple of controlled laps completed, it was Natalie who again attacked clear, this time with Lotte Kopecky. Sara Mustonen tried to jump across but got swept up by the peloton but the break stayed away by a small margin giving Van Gogh the win in a sprint. Behind, thanks to great work initially by Mel Lowther, then by Molly Weaver, Lucy Martin was set up perfectly for the sprint, taking 5th place in the race.
“After a lap I wondered what was going on. So many corners, junctions, a bit of rain. I really didn’t think it was going to be my day. But after a few laps I really got into it and actually began to enjoy the technical side of it. I’m really pleased with the result; it’s a relief and a great feeling. The girls were great and gave me all the support I could wish for. It might even be my highest ever individual UCI race result I think, so I’ve got to happy with that.” Commented Lucy after the race. “This team has been nothing but supportive and encouraging and it’s nice to show I’ve got these kind of results in my legs to repay that faith. Hopefully in the next few weeks I can get on the podium and keep the momentum going”
“Lucy deserves that result. She’s work so hard for it, and it hasn’t been an easy ride the past two years for her. We’ve tried to do all we can to help her believe in herself as it’s clear to all of us at the team she capable of that kind of result week in week out.” comment team manager Stefan Wyman. “She a pleasure to work with and now we begin the build to the Aviva Women’s Tour where we hope she can be in the mix and really put herself back on the map.”
1 – Natalie van Gogh – Parkhotel
2 – Lotte Kopecky – Topsport
3 – Sara Mustonen – Liv-Plantur
4 – Sofie de Vuyst – Lensworld
5 – Lucy Martin – Matrix Fitness
27 – Molly Weaver – Matrix Fitness
74 – Mel Lowther – Matrix Fitness