Tour of Holland
Day 6: 79km, 1 sprint and 16km Time Trial, no sprints
September 10, 1999
We raced twice today. The first was another flat road stage with one sprint.
Because it was a double day the first race started earlier than we have been
(10:30) and, like the other mornings this week, it was overcast and foggy.
Warming up, some of us wore arm and leg warmers. For the race we took them
off. Rumor had it that Petra's team, along with the Dutch national riders
were going to go all out from the start. They did pretty much and Leontin
Van Morsel stuck on them every time. I reached my limit today dealing with
the rude, pushy, dangerously, needlessly aggressive riders here and surfed
towards the back of the pack. In the end, it was a pack sprint again. The
pack is down to 72 riders now, so seemingly quite small. Petra won again.
At 5pm started the time trial. I was 24th going into today's two races and
started at 6:05. The course was, not surprisingly, flat with lots of turns
on cobbles and narrow streets. The key would be going fast on the flats and
staying focused for the cornering. By this time in the stage race, I am
definitely tired and felt that in my legs warming up on the course. In the
race, I felt smooth with a good cadence (I've been working on cadence) even
though I struggled a bit with the bike. Going through the finish, I had the
fastest time. There were 24 riders to go. After everyone came through
Leontin beat us all with a ridiculous time and I finished 4th, putting me in
5th overall for the stage race.
- Leontin Van Morsel 21:45
- Judith Arndt 21:50
- Suzanne Lungstrom (?) 22:17
- EE 22:20
Then, I had a nice piece of apple pie and a big plate of fries for dinner.
Tomorrow, we head to a real hotel for the World Cup. 186 riders are signed
up! 186! WOW! Imagine that two years ago there wasn't even such a thing as
a World Cup for women road riders. Apparently, the Swiss Tour and World Cup
have tons of riders as well.