Nelson Victorious In Normandie

Team dsm-firmenich PostNL secured a brilliant win on the final stage at the Tour de Normandie, on Sunday March 17th, as Josie Nelson attacked her breakaway companions in the finale to arrive solo and triumphant at the line in Caen.

Setting out with a plan to animate the stage, Team dsm-firmenich PostNL rode well together in the opening part of the day, covering the dangerous moves and setting up Nelson to make it into a large breakaway group. Traversing the many hills along the route, Nelson’s break built up a three-minute advantage, which forced a hard chase behind. Nienke Vinke followed and marked the countering group. Coming into the final ten kilometres, it was clear Nelson’s group would fight it out for the win and, after biding her time, the Team dsm-firmenich PostNL newcomer launched a brilliant attack in the closing kilometres. Not looking back until the finish, she was able to sit up and celebrate a momentous occasion at the line, taking her first professional victory and Team dsm-firmenich PostNL Women’s program’s first win of the 2024 campaign.

An elated Nelson expressed, “A group of about twenty got away up the climb on the second local lap with quite a few teams represented, so the peloton let us get up to three minutes and it stayed that distance for most of the stage. Not many people were working, so we were really putting pressure on up the climbs to try and make the group smaller. Eventually we got it down to five of us and one rider twenty seconds ahead who we eventually brought back. The break stayed away until the local finishing laps where the time gap got to just over a minute. I could see that I was one of the stronger ones in the group and realised I also had a technical advantage through the corners so used this on the final lap and attacked with one kilometre to go and I held on for the win. All of the girls have worked so hard the past four days so I’m really happy I can finish it off for the team!”

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