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Kirsten Wild takes first 2018 road victory in Healthy Ageing Tour Stage 3a

Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Kirsten Wild has taken her first victory on the road in 2018, in Stage 3a of the Healthy Ageing Tour between Oldambt and Winschoten. The 35-year-old Dutch sprinter finished off a fantastic effort from her black and orange teammates, as they worked hard for most of the short 66km stage to bring back a strong breakaway group of four riders. Luxembourg Champion Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) was second, with German Champion Lisa Klein (Canyon-SRAM) third.

“It was a nice win ,and everybody worked really, really hard so it felt like a win for the whole team,” Wild said afterwards.

“There was a breakaway and we thought we would give them a minute before we closed them down with some other teams, but no other team wanted to help so we had to do it alone.

“At first we put two girls on the front, but then we thought ‘we need three,’ then ‘we need four,’ then ‘we need all!’” Wild laughed. “We were hoping to save Lisa [Brennauer] and Rachele [Barbieri] for the sprint, but in the end everybody had to work; we closed the break down, and then Boels took over for their own classement.

The Winschoten finish was a technical one, featuring a tight bend of more than 90 degrees with around 300 metres to go. Wild hit the front at this point, launching a long sprint, and was easily able to hold off Majerus all the way to the line.

“We looked at the finish before the stage and we decided that we needed to be in front on the last corner, and because I was on my own I decided to go then,” Wild explained. “It was a long sprint, but I just decided to go full gas and I managed it!”

The short morning stage was followed by a team time trial in the afternoon. Despite the six Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling riders never having ridden such an event together before, the black and orange team finished fourth; just 61 seconds behind Boels-Dolmans, and just one second off the stage podium.

“In the afternoon we did a great TTT,” Wild said. “The girls had already done a lot of practice today so it was like a second one!”

Wild’s stage victory earned her the overall lead in the Points Classification, and the triple World Track Champion will wear the Green Jersey on stage four.

Result Stage 3a
1. Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling)

2. Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans)
3. Lisa Klein (Canyon-SRAM)

Photos: Velofocus

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