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Kirsten Wild takes fighting second place in Healthy Ageing Tour Stage 4

Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Kirsten Wild battled her way to second place in the fourth stage of the Healthy Ageing Tour, between Hageland and Winsum, after having been constantly attacked in the closing kilometres. As the outstanding sprinter in the group, the triple Track World Champion was forced to chase numerous moves from her breakaway companions, which inevitably blunted her speed in the technical finish.

Wild was just unable to hold off road World Champion Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) in the race for the line, but still beat Monique van de Ree (Waowdeals) into third.

“In the beginning we were really quick into the breakaway – we were 13 I think – and I was the only one from our team,” Wild explained. “We decided really quick to not do anything because I was sure they would attack me in the final – and they did!

“I had to follow several attacks, and in the end we were away with four, but again two of Boels, and it was really difficult. They kept attacking!”

Despite being equal to everything her rivals threw at her, Wild found that she was unable to call upon her usual power and endurance when the finish line approached. Her second place does mean, however, that she extends her lead in the Point Classification.

“I knew in this technical finish that I had to go first in the last corner, and I did,” she explained. “But it was just too long and I my legs were too empty after all the attacks. I think I made the right decisions, but it was just too difficult, and I’m just disappointed.”

Sunday’s final stage will see the peloton take on 94km circuit race round the streets of the ‘World Cycling Capital’ of Groningen. This could present another opportunity for Wild, but also a chance for Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling to go on the attack.

“Looking forward!” Wild exclaimed. “But it’s also difficult I think because Boels have their stage win, and they have the overall win so they’re not so interested any more I guess. So if we are interested in a bunch sprint I think it’s maybe up to us, and it’s hard.

“But we’ll see; we will try again,” she added. “We have a good chance. And also we have some really quick girls that can go for breakaways, so that’s always an interesting point.”

Result Stage 4
1. Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
2. Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling)
3. Monique van de Ree (Waowdeals)

Photos: Velofocus

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