Bike throw nets Ruth Winder the victory at Brabantse Pijl Dames

Ruth Winder wins 2021 Brabantse Pijl Dames
Ruth Winder winner of the 2021 Brabantse Pijl Dames (Image credit: Getty Images)

Ruth Winder (Trek-Segafredo) secured victory by a whisker following a bike throw to the finish line alongside Demi Vollering (SD Worx) at Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday. The American champion said she was surprised but delighted to have been declared the winner after race officials reviewed a photo finish of the sprint.

“I am extremely surprised," Winder said in a post-race interview. "I came to this race really wanting to be my best, and in the end it played out really well for me. I thought Demi had it! We were sprinting and I threw my bike at the line, but she really celebrated so I thought, 'congratulations'. She’s an amazing bike rider and just for me to be second, I was really excited. For me to win is just…yeah...

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Kirsten Frattini
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