Team Visma | Lease a Bike Women shows fighting spirit during last stage Tour Down Under
Team Visma | Lease a Bike Women had a sound final stage of the Tour Down Under. Maud Oudeman and Rosita Reijnhout finished the day in the top ten.
The third stage took the riders from Adelaide to the top of Willunga Hill in the scorching heat. The peloton faced two climbs in less than 100 kilometres: Windy Point and the Willunga Hill finish.
The race heated up in the final kilometres, and many riders had to let go. The mainly young riders of Team Visma | Lease a Bike, with Oudeman and Reijnhout in the lead, worked hard. In a small group, Oudeman and Reijnhout finished eighth and ninth, respectively, on the Australian hill, behind winner Sarah Gigante.
"We are happy with these results”, sports director Jos van Emden said. "In my opinion, we could have done even better. With a little more careful racing, we could have finished in the top ten. Nevertheless, we are very proud of the girls. We were racing with a very young team, and they proved themselves and showed that there was still room for improvement.”
"I hope the girls like how I work"
Van Emden reflected on his first race as team leader of Team Visma | Lease a Bike Women. "I enjoyed it. The race was full of good moments. Rutger Tijssen did a great job guiding me and trying to teach me a few things. I hope the girls like how I work, but I am confident. I loved coming to Australia as a pro, so it's cool to start my career as a sports director here. A good working method starts with having fun, and the team and I certainly had that. Now it's a matter of continuing to develop”, the 38-year-old former rider said.