Wiebes Sees Win Snatched From Grasp

In the Amstel Gold Race, Team SD Worx-Protime seemed to have controlled the sprint for teammate Lorena Wiebes, who appeared to be heading for the win. However, a premature celebration left the door open for Marianne Vos, who took the win with an ultimate jump. “This is such a stupid mistake. I didn’t feel Marianne Vos coming and thought I had free lane. I will sleep badly from this,” Wiebes admitted afterwards.

She added, “I felt really good today. The team did a lot of work. In the last kilometre and a half, Demi Vollering stopped all attacks perfectly to keep it all together for me. When I started my sprint, Elisa Longo-Borghini suddenly deviated to the left. There was almost no room left next to the fences, but I found a gap and dove in. My focus remained on Elisa Longo-Borghini, so that’s why I didn’t look left. I didn’t feel Marianne Vos coming either. That I miss out on the Amstel Gold Race in such a stupid way is very hard. But it’s my own fault. I feel stupid. Because this is such a beautiful race to win and my teammates did perfect preparation work. I’m extremely bummed.”

“This will make me sleep badly for two or three nights. This is a hard lesson. Fortunately, my teammates were there for me after the finish. Demi Vollering immediately said, ‘this will make you even hungrier‘. This is a race I would really like to have on my record. Hopefully I can take revenge next year,” concluded Lorena Wiebes, for whom the Amstel Gold Race was the last race of the spring campaign.

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