Van Dijk wins in Bochum
Eurosport - Sun, 08 Aug 17:20:00 2010
Ellen Van Dijk of Team HTC-Columbia won the Sparkassen Giro after a sprint against a breakaway group of nine riders in wet conditions in Bochum.
"It wasn't a nice day for riding," said Van Dijk, "but I felt good once we started and we had a great day."
Van Dijk was part of the break with about left and managed to sprint to victory with the help of her team-mate Evelyn Stevens.
"Evie bridged across to the break which was great because I was a bit isolated up there," explained Van Dijk.
"When she caught us she just kept going and was off the front which forced the others to chase. She couldn't hold it all the way to the finish but even when she got caught she just kept riding hard so that the break would stay away.
"That was perfect for me for the sprint. Just before the final Vicki Whitelaw attached and I hopped on her wheel. This turned out to be a great lead-out and I was able to come around her on the last corner to win the sprint.
"For sure it's really cool to finally win again, it's a good feeling."
HTC-Columbia's Chloe Hosking won the bunch sprint for the second day in a row.