Energiewacht Tour: Wild wins stage 3 in Stadskanaal

Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) took her first win of the Energiewacht Tour during stage 3 on Saturday. She out-sprinted a breakaway group ahead of Lucinda Brand (Rabo-Liv Women Cycling Team) and Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM).

Brennauer heads into the stage 4 finale as the overall leader ahead of her teammate Trixi Worrack and Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team) in third.

Throughout the 2015 Energiewacht Tour, teams and riders have been predicting that the race would really begin this weekend, with the forecast promising wind and rain. And they weren’t disappointed. With the wind already picking up in Stadkanaal, riders took their places on the start line 40 minutes before the 116.9km stage began, knowing that the stage would be all about echelons, attacks and the need for perfect positioning.

They were proved right – within the first five kilometres the wind had ripped the peloton into four groups, and a breakaway of 15 was formed, with only the top teams represented: race leader Barbara Guarischi, World ITT Champion Lisa Brennauer and Trixi Worrack (Velocio-SRAM); Stage 2B winner Lucinda Brand, Roxane Knetemann and Anna Knauer (Rabo-Liv); Lizzie Armitstead, Ellen van Dijk and Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans); Belgian Champion Jolien D’hoore and Chloe Hosking from Wiggle Honda; Julia Soek and Sara Mustonen (Liv-Pluntur) and two solo riders, Melissa Hoskins (ORICA-AIS) and Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products).

The 15 riders started off working well together, getting up to 1:05 minutes on the chasing group, and after Knauer was dropped, 14 riders crossed the line into the second of two 54km laps, with Christine Majerus picking up the bonification seconds.

During the second lap, as the rain poured down, the relentless attacking and echelon action dropped the yellow jersey of Guarischi and Mustonen, then as they turned north into the crosswinds, Boels-Dolmans pushed up the tempo, and Knetemann, Soek and Hoskins fell back, with Hosking puncturing out, leaving eight riders to finish the second lap together.

With just a final local loop of seven kilometres left, the three Boels-Dolmans riders attacked over and over again, Lisa Brennauer working to close them down every time, with the help of Kirsten Wild. Van Dijk went over and over again for her teammates, attacking until she was dropped – and then the seven riders turned the corner into the final three-kilometre run-in to the finish.

Lizzie Armitstead attacked three times, but she couldn’t shake Brennauer from her wheel, and they came to the finish together, until, just like yesterday, Lucinda Brand started her sprint at 200m to go. But this time Kirsten Wild was ready, and powered past to take her first victory of the race.

Brand finished second, and after all her work, Brennauer was third, but her consolation prize was the yellow jersey, making her the third Velocio-SRAM rider to wear it this race. Tomorrow the team will work to defend it as the race heads to Brennauer’s homeland, and the German island of Borkum. But with more winds predicted, the race promises to be a fight to the finish.

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products2:57:31
2Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAMRow 2 - Cell 2
4Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle HondaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAMRow 5 - Cell 2
7Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:02:16
10Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AisRow 9 - Cell 2
11Natalie van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Julie Leth (Den) Hitec ProductsRow 11 - Cell 2
13Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-PlanturRow 12 - Cell 2
14Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Carmen Small (USA) United States of AmericaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio - SRAMRow 16 - Cell 2
18Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAMRow 18 - Cell 2
20Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AisRow 20 - Cell 2
22Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-PlanturRow 21 - Cell 2
23Andrea Dvorak (USA) United States of AmericaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-PlanturRow 23 - Cell 2
25Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle HondaRow 24 - Cell 2
26Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAMRow 27 - Cell 2
29Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - Ais0:02:25
31Winanda Spoor (Ned) Jan van Arckel0:07:04
32Leonie Lubbinge (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonaldRow 31 - Cell 2
33Desiree Ehrler (Swi) Feminine Cycling TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Iris van der Stelt (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / BredaRow 33 - Cell 2
35Jutta Stienen (Swi) Team SwitzerlandRow 34 - Cell 2
36Annie Last (GBr) Team Great BritainRow 35 - Cell 2
37Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Emily Kay (GBr) Team Great BritainRow 37 - Cell 2
39Geerike Schreurs (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / BredaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Nike Beckeringh (Ned) Jan van ArckelRow 39 - Cell 2
41Emily Nelson (GBr) Team Great BritainRow 40 - Cell 2
42Judith Bloem (Ned) Jan van ArckelRow 41 - Cell 2
43Ivana Tiessens (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonaldRow 42 - Cell 2
44Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) National Team LithuaniaRow 43 - Cell 2
45Corine van der Zijden (Ned) Feminine Cycling TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Jan van ArckelRow 45 - Cell 2
47Corinna Lechner (Ger) Maxx-Solar Women Cycling TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Marjolein van t' Geloof (Ned) Jan van ArckelRow 47 - Cell 2
49Kaat Hannes (Bel) Team BelgiumRow 48 - Cell 2
50Lotte van Hoek (Ned) Feminine Cycling TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 50 - Cell 2
52Marijn de Vries (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Team BelgiumRow 52 - Cell 2
54Danique Braam (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / BredaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Trieneke Fokkens (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonaldRow 54 - Cell 2
56Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-PlanturRow 55 - Cell 2
57Gudrun Stock (Ger) Team GermanyRow 56 - Cell 2
58Ema Manikaite (Ltu) National Team Lithuania0:07:24
59Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv-PlanturRow 58 - Cell 2
60Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products0:07:32
61Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle Honda0:07:53
62Eileen Roe (GBr) Wiggle HondaRow 61 - Cell 2
63Celine Van Severen (Bel) Team BelgiumRow 62 - Cell 2
64Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) NWVG - Bathoorn Autoschade0:09:28
65Mirjam Gysling (Swi) Team SwitzerlandRow 64 - Cell 2
66Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica - AisRow 65 - Cell 2
67Annelies Dom (Bel) Team BelgiumRow 66 - Cell 2
68Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Team SwitzerlandRow 67 - Cell 2
69Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv-PlanturRow 68 - Cell 2
70Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica - AisRow 69 - Cell 2
71Anna Knauer (Ger) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Stéphanie Borchers (Ger) Feminine Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Alice Barnes (GBr) Team Great BritainRow 73 - Cell 2
75Lauren Hall (USA) United States of AmericaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Heather Fischer (USA) United States of AmericaRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFMayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle HondaRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFTayler Wiles (USA) Velocio - SRAMRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFKatrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica - AisRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFCharlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec ProductsRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFThea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFSophie Lacher (Ger) Feminine Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFKaat Van Der Meulen (Bel) Team BelgiumRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFBethany Crumpton (GBr) Team Great BritainRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFManon Lloyd (GBr) Team Great BritainRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFMadeleine Ortmüller (Ger) Team GermanyRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFLuisa Kattinger (Ger) Team GermanyRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFLisa Küllmer (Ger) Team GermanyRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFSofie Mangertseder (Ger) Team GermanyRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFSilvija Latozaite (Ltu) National Team LithuaniaRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFRiccarda Mazzotta (Swi) Team SwitzerlandRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFVirginie Pointet (Swi) Team SwitzerlandRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFSandra Weiss (Swi) Team SwitzerlandRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFLauren Komanski (USA) United States of AmericaRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFFranziska Banzer (Ger) Maxx-Solar Women Cycling TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFTherese Klein (Ger) Maxx-Solar Women Cycling TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFBenita Wesselhoeft (Ger) Maxx-Solar Women Cycling TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFMarije Hengeveld (Ned) Euregio Lady's CyclingteamRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFIlse Miltenburg (Ned) Euregio Lady's CyclingteamRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFLauren Arnouts (Ned) Euregio Lady's CyclingteamRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFTamara Preuss (Ger) Euregio Lady's CyclingteamRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFAnne Marijn van der Graaf (Ned) NWVG - Bathoorn AutoschadeRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFFianna Stenveld (Ned) NWVG - Bathoorn AutoschadeRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFWendy Oosterwoud (Ned) NWVG - Bathoorn AutoschadeRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFImke Vormeer (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / BredaRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFJanieke Kalsbeek (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / BredaRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFMareille Meijering (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonaldRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFSimone de Vries (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonaldRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFKim van Dijk (Ned) Jan van ArckelRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFIngrid Tempert (Ned) Swift - Avanti - BollenstreekRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFSofie van Horik (Ned) Swift - Avanti - BollenstreekRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFEsther van Veen (Ned) Swift - Avanti - BollenstreekRow 111 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Boels Dolmans Cycling Team8:52:33
2Velocio - SRAM0:02:16
3Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:04:32
4Team Liv-Plantur0:06:48
5Orica - AIS0:06:57
6Hitec Products0:09:20
7Wiggle Honda0:10:09
8Parkhotel Valkenburg CT0:11:36
9National Team U.S.A.0:14:00
10Jan van Arckel0:21:12
11National Team Great BritainRow 10 - Cell 2
12Meteoor Assen-Roden / BredaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Feminine Cycling TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonaldRow 13 - Cell 2
15National Team Belgium0:22:01
16National Team Switzerland0:26:00
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General classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM8:49:45
2Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM0:00:01
3Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:10
4Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:23
5Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:24
6Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products0:00:52
8Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda0:01:38
9Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM0:02:17
10Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM0:02:26
11Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio - SRAM0:02:30
12Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:02:41
13Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:02:46
14Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:02:48
15Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:02:52
16Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:02:53
17Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:02:59
18Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - Ais0:03:00
19Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - Ais0:03:08
20Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products0:03:36
21Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur0:03:38
22Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:03:41
23Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:03:43
24Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:03:48
25Carmen Small (USA) United States of America0:03:54
26Natalie van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - Ais0:04:03
28Andrea Dvorak (USA) United States of America0:04:07
29Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda0:05:53
30Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:06:08
31Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products0:08:23
32Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products0:08:50
33Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:08:52
34Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur0:09:05
35Corine van der Zijden (Ned) Feminine Cycling Team0:09:23
36Lotte van Hoek (Ned) Feminine Cycling Team0:09:24
37Desiree Ehrler (Swi) Feminine Cycling Team0:09:26
38Leonie Lubbinge (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:09:29
39Winanda Spoor (Ned) Jan van Arckel0:09:33
40Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) National Team LithuaniaRow 39 - Cell 2
41Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Team Belgium0:09:34
42Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Jan van ArckelRow 41 - Cell 2
43Marjolein van t' Geloof (Ned) Jan van Arckel0:09:40
44Kaat Hannes (Bel) Team Belgium0:09:43
45Iris van der Stelt (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:09:45
46Jutta Stienen (Swi) Team Switzerland0:09:47
47Nike Beckeringh (Ned) Jan van ArckelRow 46 - Cell 2
48Gudrun Stock (Ger) Team Germany0:09:55
49Ivana Tiessens (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:09:56
50Geerike Schreurs (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:09:57
51Eileen Roe (GBr) Wiggle Honda0:10:00
52Ema Manikaite (Ltu) National Team Lithuania0:10:04
53Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica - Ais0:10:14
54Anna Knauer (Ger) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Annie Last (GBr) Team Great Britain0:10:35
56Corinna Lechner (Ger) Maxx-Solar Women Cycling Team0:10:39
57Emily Nelson (GBr) Team Great Britain0:11:10
58Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:11:13
59Heather Fischer (USA) United States of America0:11:16
60Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:11:31
61Lauren Hall (USA) United States of America0:11:42
62Marijn de Vries (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:12:01
63Mirjam Gysling (Swi) Team Switzerland0:12:03
64Annelies Dom (Bel) Team Belgium0:12:04
65Judith Bloem (Ned) Jan van Arckel0:12:35
66Danique Braam (Ned) Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:12:37
67Trieneke Fokkens (Ned) WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:12:42
68Celine Van Severen (Bel) Team Belgium0:12:55
69Alice Barnes (GBr) Team Great Britain0:12:57
70Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) NWVG - Bathoorn Autoschade0:13:17
71Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica - Ais0:13:36
72Emily Kay (GBr) Team Great Britain0:13:55
73Stéphanie Borchers (Ger) Feminine Cycling Team0:14:48
74Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Team Switzerland0:15:07
75Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:15:35
76Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle Honda0:18:36
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Point classification
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
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Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur
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Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
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Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Boels Dolmans Cycling Team26:30:23
2Velocio - SRAM0:01:26
3Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:05:07
4Orica - AIS0:08:04
5Team Liv-Plantur0:09:52
6Hitec Products0:11:55
7Wiggle Honda0:14:54
8Parkhotel Valkenburg CT0:15:22
9National Team U.S.A.0:17:55
10Feminine Cycling Team0:27:05
11Jan van Arckel0:27:41
12National Team Belgium0:28:38
13National Team Great Britain0:30:22
14WV de Kannibaal - Ronald McDonald0:30:59
15Meteoor Assen-Roden / Breda0:31:33
16National Team Switzerland0:35:50

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