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.