After yesterday’s prologue success, Team dsm-firmenich continued their good run of results as Charlotte Kool sprinted to third place in Gennep; retaining the overall lead of the race.
Attentive from the start, the team made sure that only a small group was allowed to get away before taking control at the front of the bunch. As the kilometres ticked by they slowly reeled in the three rider move and things were all back together going into the last 25 kilometres. This set off another flurry of attacks but once again the team covered the moves with Elise Uijen and Pfeiffer Georgi particularly active. Despite one last attack in the finale, the stage was set to come down to a sprint. Last lead-out rider Georgi brought Kool into position at the head of the race as they went under the flamme rouge. Kool looked to start her sprint from along the right-hand side but was blocked in a little bit but when the sprint opening up on the other side of the road. Finishing strongly, Kool fought to the line and took third place at the finish; holding onto the lead ahead of tomorrow’s time trial.