Van der Breggen tops Energiewacht Tour prologue

Brennauer, Worrack bested by Dutch rider

Anna van der Breggen raced to the win in the prologue of the Energiewacht Tour on Wednesday evening, beating world time trial champion Lisa Brennauer into second place and claiming the first leader’s jersey of the race.

The fifth edition of the Energiewacht Tour opened in Winsum, with a 2.5km prologue. After a gently descending start, the course turned into a technical section with speed bumps, tight corners and narrow roads, all paved with clinkers. Three-quarters of the way through a smooth tarmac surface gave riders a reprieve, before a sharp turn back onto clinkers into the town, up over a canal bridge and through a double corner before the finish line, a course for riders with confidence and bike handling skills, as well as speed.

Rabo-Liv’s Roxane Knetemann rose to the challenge, starting 11th and laying down a time of 3:21.83, which lasted until Trixi Worrack (Velocio-SRAM) took to the road 19 riders later. Worrack is known for her explosive attacks and love of difficult terrain, so the course suited her perfectly, but all expectations were on her teammate, 2014 ITT World Champion, Lisa Brennauer. She didn’t disappoint. Finishing exactly a second faster than Worrack, as she said, her rainbows gave her wings.

“It felt great, it was the first time I could race in my World Champion’s skinsuit, so today couldn’t go wrong,” she told Cyclingnews. “I rode the course a couple of times to make sure I could remember everything, and I don’t know where I could have gone faster”

It seemed like the biggest threat to Velocio-SRAM dominance could come from previous World Champion, Ellen van Dijk, but while her time of 3:25.23 was fast, she only finished ninth, and with the light falling, it seemed like the final 30 riders would battle for the minor placings, until another Rabo-Liv rider stepped up to the gate. Anna van der Breggen had already opened the season by winning the first women’s European race, the Omloop het Nieuwsblad, and after coming third in the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cups, she clearly wanted to break her streak of “so near and year so far”. She blasted through the darkened course, knocking five seconds off Brennauer’s time, to win with 3:15.14.

“Winning is always nice, and to start a stage race this way this way gives us confidence for the race”, she told us. “When I started I couldn’t see very much, but I did a good recon, so I knew where to ride, and you just have to go full speed. The plan for the rest of the race is to make it a good race, we have a strong, motivated team, and it’s live on television, so I think we can do a good promotion of women’s cycling.”

No one else could touch her, and with her teammate Anouska Koster winning the Best Young Rider jersey, it was a good night for Rabo-Liv.

 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:03:15 
2Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM0:00:05 
3Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM0:00:06 
4Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:07 
5Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:08 
6Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products0:00:10 
7Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:10 
8Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM0:00:10 
9Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:10 
10Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda0:00:11 
11Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM0:00:11 
12Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - Ais0:00:12 
13Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:12 
14Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica - Ais0:00:12 
15Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:13 
16Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:13 
17Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica - Ais0:00:14 
18Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:14 
19Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:14 
20Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio - SRAM0:00:15 
21Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:15 
22Carmen Small (USA) United States of America0:00:15 
23Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:15 
24Tayler Wiles (USA) Velocio - SRAM0:00:15 
25Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica - Ais0:00:16 
26Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:16 
27Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:17 
28Anna Knauer (Ger) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
29Trieneke Fokkens (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:00:17 
30Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda0:00:17 
31Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) National Team Lithuania0:00:18 
32Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Team Belgium0:00:18 
33Natalie van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:18 
34Mirjam Gysling (Swi) Team Switzerland0:00:18 
35Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products  
36Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:18 
37Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:19 
38Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - Ais0:00:19 
39Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:19 
40Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Jan van Arckel  
41Lauren Hall (USA) United States of America0:00:19 
42Emily Kay (GBr) Team Great Britain0:00:20 
43Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:20 
44Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products  
45Lauren Komanski (USA) United States of America0:00:20 
46Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - Ais0:00:20 
47Danique Braam (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:00:21 
48Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products0:00:21 
49Ilse Miltenburg (Ned) Euregio Lady's Cyclingteam0:00:22 
50Corinna Lechner (Ger) Maxx-Solar Women Cycling Team  
51Rozanne Slik (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:23 
52Judith Bloem (Ned) Jan van Arckel0:00:23 
53Winanda Spoor (Ned) Jan van Arckel0:00:24 
54Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:24 
55Marijn de Vries (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
56Leonie Lubbinge (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:00:24 
57Annelies Dom (Bel) Team Belgium0:00:24 
58Corine van der Zijden (Ned) Feminine Cycling Team  
59Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) NWVG - Bathoorn Autoschade0:00:24 
60Ivana Tiessens (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:00:25 
61Iris van der Stelt (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:00:25 
62Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Team Switzerland  
63Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:25 
64Lotte van Hoek (Ned) Feminine Cycling Team  
65Gudrun Stock (Ger) Team Germany0:00:26 
66Heather Fischer (USA) United States of America  
67Marjolein van t' Geloof (Ned) Jan van Arckel  
68Hanna Helamb (Swe) Swift - Avanti - Bollenstreek0:00:26 
69Mareille Meijering (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:00:26 
70Beate Zanner (Ger) Maxx-Solar Women Cycling Team  
71Silvija Latozaite (Ltu) National Team Lithuania0:00:26 
72Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda0:00:26 
73Manon Lloyd (GBr) Team Great Britain  
74Jutta Stienen (Swi) Team Switzerland0:00:27 
75Eileen Roe (GBr) Wiggle Honda0:00:27 
76Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle Honda  
77Virginie Pointet (Swi) Team Switzerland0:00:27 
78Desiree Ehrler (Swi) Feminine Cycling Team0:00:27 
79Kaat Hannes (Bel) Team Belgium  
80Alice Barnes (GBr) Team Great Britain0:00:28 
81Stéphanie Borchers (Ger) Feminine Cycling Team0:00:28 
82Lisa Küllmer (Ger) Team Germany0:00:28 
83Nicky Zijlaard (Ned) Swift - Avanti - Bollenstreek0:00:28 
84Ema Manikaite (Ltu) National Team Lithuania0:00:28 
85Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:29 
86Andrea Dvorak (USA) United States of America0:00:29 
87Lauren Arnouts (Ned) Euregio Lady's Cyclingteam0:00:29 
88Annie Last (GBr) Team Great Britain0:00:29 
89Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Team Belgium0:00:30 
90Iris Hamelink (Ned) NWVG - Bathoorn Autoschade0:00:31 
91Benita Wesselhoeft (Ger) Maxx-Solar Women Cycling Team0:00:31 
92Celine Van Severen (Bel) Team Belgium0:00:31 
93Luisa Kattinger (Ger) Team Germany  
94Tatjana Paller (Ger) Team Germany0:00:31 
95Kaat Van Der Meulen (Bel) Team Belgium  
96Riccarda Mazzotta (Swi) Team Switzerland0:00:32 
97Esther van Veen (Ned) Swift - Avanti - Bollenstreek  
98Sofie Mangertseder (Ger) Team Germany0:00:32 
99Fianna Stenveld (Ned) NWVG - Bathoorn Autoschade0:00:32 
100Emily Nelson (GBr) Team Great Britain  
101Imke Vormeer (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:00:32 
102Jarna de Jong (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:00:33 
103Nike Beckeringh (Ned) Jan van Arckel0:00:33 
104Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:33 
105Sandra Weiss (Swi) Team Switzerland0:00:33 
106Therese Klein (Ger) Maxx-Solar Women Cycling Team0:00:35 
107Saimanta Cernikyte (Ltu) National Team Lithuania0:00:35 
108Ashleigh Neave (NZl) Euregio Lady's Cyclingteam0:00:35 
109Wendy Oosterwoud (Ned) NWVG - Bathoorn Autoschade0:00:36 
110Franziska Banzer (Ger) Maxx-Solar Women Cycling Team0:00:36 
111Tamara Preuss (Ger) Euregio Lady's Cyclingteam0:00:36 
112Janieke Kalsbeek (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:00:36 
113Anne Marijn van der Graaf (Ned) NWVG - Bathoorn Autoschade0:00:37 
114Geerike Schreurs (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:00:37 
115Bethany Crumpton (GBr) Team Great Britain0:00:37 
116Kim van Dijk (Ned) Jan van Arckel0:00:38 
117Zavinta Titenyte (Ltu) National Team Lithuania0:00:39 
118Simone de Vries (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:00:39 
119Ingrid Tempert (Ned) Swift - Avanti - Bollenstreek0:00:40 
120Nathaly Wesdonk (Ned) Swift - Avanti - Bollenstreek0:00:42 
121Sophie Lacher (Ger) Feminine Cycling Team0:00:42 
122Sofie van Horik (Ned) Swift - Avanti - Bollenstreek0:00:43 
123Marije Hengeveld (Ned) Euregio Lady's Cyclingteam0:00:44 
124Bo Grievink (Ned) NWVG - Bathoorn Autoschade0:00:45 
125Madeleine Ortmüller (Ger) Team Germany0:00:45 
126Astrid Schuitema (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:00:54 
127Lena Vogl (Ger) Maxx-Solar Women Cycling Team0:00:58 
Team
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:10:01 
2Velocio - SRAM0:00:05 
3Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:13 
4Orica - AIS0:00:20 
5Team Liv-Plantur0:00:29 
6Hitec Products0:00:30 
7Wiggle Honda0:00:37 
8Parkhotel Valkenburg CT0:00:38 
9National Team U.S.A.  
10Jan van Arckel0:00:48 
11WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:00:49 
12National Team Belgium0:00:53 
13National Team Switzerland  
14National Team Lithuania0:00:55 
15National Team Great Britain0:00:56 
16Feminine Cycling Team0:01:00 
17Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:01:01 
18Maxx-Solar Women Cycling Team0:01:02 
19National Team Germany0:01:08 
20Swift - Avanti - Bollenstreek  
21Euregio Lady's Cyclingteam0:01:09 
22NWVG - Bathoorn Autoschade0:01:10 
General classification after the prologue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:03:15 
2Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM0:00:05 
3Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM0:00:06 
4Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:07 
5Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:08 
6Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products0:00:10 
7Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:10 
8Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM0:00:10 
9Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:10 
10Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda0:00:11 
11Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM0:00:11 
12Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - Ais0:00:12 
13Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:12 
14Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica - Ais0:00:12 
15Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:13 
16Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:13 
17Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica - Ais0:00:14 
18Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:14 
19Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:14 
20Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio - SRAM0:00:15 
21Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:15 
22Carmen Small (USA) United States of America0:00:15 
23Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:15 
24Tayler Wiles (USA) Velocio - SRAM0:00:15 
25Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica - Ais0:00:16 
26Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:16 
27Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:17 
28Anna Knauer (Ger) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
29Trieneke Fokkens (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:00:17 
30Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda0:00:17 
31Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) National Team Lithuania0:00:18 
32Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Team Belgium0:00:18 
33Natalie van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:18 
34Mirjam Gysling (Swi) Team Switzerland0:00:18 
35Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products  
36Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:18 
37Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:19 
38Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - Ais0:00:19 
39Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:19 
40Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Jan van Arckel  
41Lauren Hall (USA) United States of America0:00:19 
42Emily Kay (GBr) Team Great Britain0:00:20 
43Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:20 
44Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products  
45Lauren Komanski (USA) United States of America0:00:20 
46Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - Ais0:00:20 
47Danique Braam (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:00:21 
48Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products0:00:21 
49Ilse Miltenburg (Ned) Euregio Lady's Cyclingteam0:00:22 
50Corinna Lechner (Ger) Maxx-Solar Women Cycling Team  
51Rozanne Slik (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:23 
52Judith Bloem (Ned) Jan van Arckel0:00:23 
53Winanda Spoor (Ned) Jan van Arckel0:00:24 
54Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:24 
55Marijn de Vries (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
56Leonie Lubbinge (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:00:24 
57Annelies Dom (Bel) Team Belgium0:00:24 
58Corine van der Zijden (Ned) Feminine Cycling Team  
59Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) NWVG - Bathoorn Autoschade0:00:24 
60Ivana Tiessens (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:00:25 
61Iris van der Stelt (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:00:25 
62Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Team Switzerland  
63Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:25 
64Lotte van Hoek (Ned) Feminine Cycling Team  
65Gudrun Stock (Ger) Team Germany0:00:26 
66Heather Fischer (USA) United States of America  
67Marjolein van t' Geloof (Ned) Jan van Arckel  
68Hanna Helamb (Swe) Swift - Avanti - Bollenstreek0:00:26 
69Mareille Meijering (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:00:26 
70Beate Zanner (Ger) Maxx-Solar Women Cycling Team  
71Silvija Latozaite (Ltu) National Team Lithuania0:00:26 
72Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda0:00:26 
73Manon Lloyd (GBr) Team Great Britain  
74Jutta Stienen (Swi) Team Switzerland0:00:27 
75Eileen Roe (GBr) Wiggle Honda0:00:27 
76Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle Honda  
77Virginie Pointet (Swi) Team Switzerland0:00:27 
78Desiree Ehrler (Swi) Feminine Cycling Team0:00:27 
79Kaat Hannes (Bel) Team Belgium  
80Alice Barnes (GBr) Team Great Britain0:00:28 
81Stéphanie Borchers (Ger) Feminine Cycling Team0:00:28 
82Lisa Küllmer (Ger) Team Germany0:00:28 
83Nicky Zijlaard (Ned) Swift - Avanti - Bollenstreek0:00:28 
84Ema Manikaite (Ltu) National Team Lithuania0:00:28 
85Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:29 
86Andrea Dvorak (USA) United States of America0:00:29 
87Lauren Arnouts (Ned) Euregio Lady's Cyclingteam0:00:29 
88Annie Last (GBr) Team Great Britain0:00:29 
89Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Team Belgium0:00:30 
90Iris Hamelink (Ned) NWVG - Bathoorn Autoschade0:00:31 
91Benita Wesselhoeft (Ger) Maxx-Solar Women Cycling Team0:00:31 
92Celine Van Severen (Bel) Team Belgium0:00:31 
93Luisa Kattinger (Ger) Team Germany  
94Tatjana Paller (Ger) Team Germany0:00:31 
95Kaat Van Der Meulen (Bel) Team Belgium  
96Riccarda Mazzotta (Swi) Team Switzerland0:00:32 
97Esther van Veen (Ned) Swift - Avanti - Bollenstreek  
98Sofie Mangertseder (Ger) Team Germany0:00:32 
99Fianna Stenveld (Ned) NWVG - Bathoorn Autoschade0:00:32 
100Emily Nelson (GBr) Team Great Britain  
101Imke Vormeer (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:00:32 
102Jarna de Jong (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:00:33 
103Nike Beckeringh (Ned) Jan van Arckel0:00:33 
104Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:33 
105Sandra Weiss (Swi) Team Switzerland0:00:33 
106Therese Klein (Ger) Maxx-Solar Women Cycling Team0:00:35 
107Saimanta Cernikyte (Ltu) National Team Lithuania0:00:35 
108Ashleigh Neave (NZl) Euregio Lady's Cyclingteam0:00:35 
109Wendy Oosterwoud (Ned) NWVG - Bathoorn Autoschade0:00:36 
110Franziska Banzer (Ger) Maxx-Solar Women Cycling Team0:00:36 
111Tamara Preuss (Ger) Euregio Lady's Cyclingteam0:00:36 
112Janieke Kalsbeek (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:00:36 
113Anne Marijn van der Graaf (Ned) NWVG - Bathoorn Autoschade0:00:37 
114Geerike Schreurs (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:00:37 
115Bethany Crumpton (GBr) Team Great Britain0:00:37 
116Kim van Dijk (Ned) Jan van Arckel0:00:38 
117Zavinta Titenyte (Ltu) National Team Lithuania0:00:39 
118Simone de Vries (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:00:39 
119Ingrid Tempert (Ned) Swift - Avanti - Bollenstreek0:00:40 
120Nathaly Wesdonk (Ned) Swift - Avanti - Bollenstreek0:00:42 
121Sophie Lacher (Ger) Feminine Cycling Team0:00:42 
122Sofie van Horik (Ned) Swift - Avanti - Bollenstreek0:00:43 
123Marije Hengeveld (Ned) Euregio Lady's Cyclingteam0:00:44 
124Bo Grievink (Ned) NWVG - Bathoorn Autoschade0:00:45 
125Madeleine Ortmüller (Ger) Team Germany0:00:45 
126Astrid Schuitema (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:00:54 
127Lena Vogl (Ger) Maxx-Solar Women Cycling Team0:00:58 
Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:10:01 
2Velocio - SRAM0:00:05 
3Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:13 
4Orica - AIS0:00:20 
5Team Liv-Plantur0:00:29 
6Hitec Products0:00:30 
7Wiggle Honda0:00:37 
8Parkhotel Valkenburg CT0:00:38 
9National Team U.S.A.  
10Jan van Arckel0:00:48 
11WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:00:49 
12National Team Belgium0:00:53 
13National Team Switzerland  
14National Team Lithuania0:00:55 
15National Team Great Britain0:00:56 
16Feminine Cycling Team0:01:00 
17Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:01:01 
18Maxx-Solar Women Cycling Team0:01:02 
19National Team Germany0:01:08 
20Swift - Avanti - Bollenstreek  
21Euregio Lady's Cyclingteam0:01:09 
22NWVG - Bathoorn Autoschade0:01:10 
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