Van Dijk returns to winning in Germany

Cromwell, Polspoel round out top three in dash to finish

Conditions might not have been ideal at the Sprkassen Giro, but that didn’t dampen Ellen Van Dijk’s spirit as she claimed victory from a group of five riders. The HTC-Columbia rider held off Lotto Ladies Team’s newest recruit Tiffany Cromwell to claim victory while Maaike Polspoel (Topsport Vlaanderen – Thompson) took third.

"It wasn't a nice day for riding, but I felt good once we started and we had a great day," said Van Dijk. "Evelyn Stevens bridged across to the break, which was great because I was a bit isolated up there.

“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.”

Van Dijk made her move early in the final kilometres, following the wheel of Cromwell’s teammate Vicki Whitelaw as she launched a final attack. The Australian’s move didn’t prove fruitful, but Whitelaw still finished just off the podium in fourth.

"That was perfect for me for the sprint,” sad Van Dijk. “Just before the final Vicki Whitelaw attacked 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.

The victory was the 23-year-old Dutchwoman’s first since winning the Holland Ladies Tour’s second stage in September, 2009. "For sure it's really cool to finally win again, it's a good feeling," she said.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Columbia Women1:58:19 
2Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
3Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Thompson  
4Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
5Valentina Carretta (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi  
6Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC Columbia Women0:00:12 
7Katazino Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech0:00:28 
8Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Columbia Women0:00:58 
9Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Thompson  
10Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Thompson  
11Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products Uck  
12Nathali Lamborelle (Lux) Hitec Products Uck  
13Martina Zwick (Ger) Koga Miyata  
14Sofie Verdonck (Bel) Dura Vermeer Cycling  
15Rossella Callovi (Ita) Vecchia  
16Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Thompson  
17Lynette Burger (RSA) Lotto Ladies Team  
18Denis Zuckermandel (Ger) Team Stuttgart  
19Lydia Wegemund (Ger) Team Haibike0:01:05 
20Ine Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Thompson  
21Beate Zanner (Ger) Team Haibike0:01:11 
22Kristine Saastad (Nor) Hitec Products Uck  
23Lise Nöstvold (Nor) Hitec Products Uck0:01:13 
24Jana Schemmer (Ger) Koga Miyata  
25Gloria Presti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi  
26Katie Colclough (GBr) British National Team  
27Anna Fischer (Ger) Nutrixxion0:01:17 
28Chiara Vanni (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
29Katharina Alberti (Ger) Koga Miyata  
30Cecilie S Johansen (Nor) Norwegian National Team  
31Nikki Harris (GBr) British National Team  
32Noemi Cantele (Ita) HTC Columbia Women0:01:21 
33Linda Me Villumsen (NZl) HTC Columbia Women  
34Rossella Gobbo (Ita) Vecchia  
35Maria Gra Petersen (Den) Hitec Products Uck0:01:25 
36Laura Fouquet (Ger) Team Stuttgart  
37Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Noris Cycling  
38Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Noris Cycling  
39Trixi Worrack (Ger) Noris Cycling  
40Simona Frapporti (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
41Valenti Scandolara (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
42Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi0:01:34 
43Linn Torp (Nor) Norwegian National Team0:01:40 
44Sigrid Corneo (Slo) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi0:01:49 
45Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi  
46Romy Kasper (Ger) Noris Cycling0:02:24 
47Anna Schnitzmeier (Ger) Nutrixxion  
48Catheri Williamson (GBr) British National Team0:02:28 
49Lucy Martin (GBr) British National Team0:02:42 
50Simona Martini (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech0:03:42 
51Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team  
52Johanna Badmann (Ger) Team Stuttgart0:04:36 
53Nina Köhn (Ger) Team Haibike0:06:36 
54Fabienne Schaus (Lux) Luxembourg National Team0:08:41 
55Ronja Köckerling (Ger) Koga Miyata0:09:39 
56Anna Blyth (GBr) British National Team  
57Anne Marie Schmitt (Lux) Luxembourg National Team0:09:43 
58Francesca Tognali (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
59Ingeborg Kreuze (Ned) CT People's Trust0:12:24 
60Juliette Wigbold (Ned) CT People's Trust  
61Janine Bubner (Ger) Koga Miyata  
62Tone Hatteland (Nor) Hitec Products Uck  
63Stefanie Degle (Ger) Team Stuttgart  
64Silke Kogelman (Ned) CT People's Trust  
65Alexandra Janke (Ger) Koga Miyata  
66Marjan Stokman (Ned) CT People's Trust  

 

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