Drentse 8 2019

Today should have been all about the new look VAMberg but the weather had other plans. Since I arrived in Dwingeloo it has been crazy windy and pouring with rain. This morning ahead of the race, the rain had cleared but the wind was still blowing and had brought some reinforcements! Just standing at the top of the VAMberg was hard enough, never mind trying to race up it! When only eight riders complete the full race distance you know it’s been a hard day!

 

Nicole Hanselmann prepares for Drentse 8 van Westerveld

 

Lisa Klein ahead of the race

 

Lizzy Banks laughs with Julie Leth at sign on

 

Ilaria Sanguinetti looks a little more serious at sign on

 

Marta Bastianelli chills on the railing waiting for the start

 

Out on exposed roads at Drentse 8

 

Amy Pieters has a dig but nobody follows

 

Guess who’s the Dutch soigneur? 😉 Geerike enjoys the windy conditions!

 

Here come the leaders on the VAMberg

 

Ellen van Dijk attacks the VAMberg cobbles

 

Claudia Koster battles the elements on VAMberg

 

Ella Harris charges across the cobbles

 

Kasia Pawlowska takes the climb in her stride

 

 

Aafke Soet has the top in her sights

 

Second time up the VAMberg for Lisa Klein

 

Lotta Lepistö stuck between the leaders and the second group on the road

 

Lizzy Banks attacks the VAMberg cobbles

 

Chantal Hoffmann has a pretty impressive goatee 😉

 

Support from the roadside for every rider

 

Amy Pieters across the final cobble sprint

 

Way to go Audrey Cordon-Ragot!

 

Ellen van Dijk: “It wasn’t so bad, you just have to keep pedalling”

 

Marta Bastianelli loves her bunny.

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