Boels Ladies Tour 2018 - Stage 5

It was the last road race stage of the 2018 Boels Ladies Tour today (it’s a time trial tomorrow) but I must admit my mind wasn’t completely on the race. We’re in the final 48 hours of our Kickstarter for our women’s cycling book of the season. As notifications came through on my phone with each person that was backing the book I was furiously refreshing the app to see how close the latest pledge took us to our ‘all or nothing’ target. It was a lot like trying to follow a race on Twitter, in the days before livestreams! As I write this we’re just 11% short of our target. So if you’d like a book or know someone who would then please visit our Kickstarter at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/velofocus/the-road-book-2018-womens-cycling-coffee-table-boo

 

Omer’s reaction after Manel suggested she get in the break again today! 😀

A young fan waits for teams to sign on

Alice Barnes looks out at the Tom Dumoulin Bike Park

An early escape appears across the fields

Pernille Mathiesen checks to see the gap the break have built

Rossella Ratto tries to join the break

Chantal Blaak leads the break on the categorised climb

The break lead by Eugenie Duval build a sizeable lead

Mitchelton Scott control the gap to the peloton

Trixi Worrack in the bunch

Eugenie Duval leads the break

Christa Riffel chases back after a crash with blood and chain ring tattoo to prove it!

Amy Pieters makes a break for it

Whatever happened to the rule of cars not sitting on solo rider’s wheel as they cross the finish line for the win?

Stage winner, Chantal Blaak signs off from her year in rainbows with a win

Podium flowers

If you’ve enjoyed these photos then please check out our Kickstarter for The Road Book 2018 – A huge coffee table book packed with our favourite photos and exclusive articles from the entire women’s road season!

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