After a month with the first big stage races for our Men’s and Women’s program, things calmed down a little bit in June, but with the next big races around the corner, the preparations for the riders are still ongoing!
The women’s program started its month with a doubleheader in Belgium and they opened with a bang! At Dwars door de Westhoek Pfeiffer Georgi, Léa Curinier and Charlotte Kool launched an impressive team attack inside the final 50 kilometres, with no one being able to respond. The Team DSM trio went into team time trial mode and extended their lead steadily. The chasers were not able to make the catch, and all three crossed the line together to take an extremely impressive Team DSM podium.
“There was a lot of wind today and the race took place on a short and narrow lap. We knew that we had to be there with the whole team from the beginning. We knew it was going to be a hard and long day and made a point around halfway into the race where we would fully go for it and try to break the race up. We did just that and were there with five riders in the front group. We said that we would keep on attacking as a team, so we sprinted to the corner ahead of the wind section and already built up a small gap. The girls then just went full for it from over 50 kilometres to go, which was pretty incredible. They had to fight for every second out there. It was around 30 seconds for a long time, and we had Esmée in that second group to try and disrupt the chase – she did a really good job. Eventually with around two laps to go the gap got bigger and as we hit the last lap it was over one minute, so we said that we could enjoy the finale. Pfeiffer then pulled for basically the whole last lap, she was super strong today, as were all the girls, and she crossed the line in first with Léa and Charlotte behind. We should enjoy this moment, it’s a really nice moment for the whole team,” Team DSM coach Kelvin Dekker reflected after the race.