Ellen van Dijk takes time trial victory at a windswept Healthy Ageing Tour
Former world time trial champion Ellen van Dijk took Trek-Segafredo’s first race win of the year at the Healthy Ageing Tour on Thursday.
The Dutch rider mastered the windswept, flat coastal course blasting past five of her minute women to clock 20.53 for the 14.4km course.
Despite her commanding lead the race was close with a cluster of excellent times coming late on.
German champion Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM) pushed the Dutch rider close, with a time of 21.23 to take third, and SDWorx’s Amy Pieters rode out of her skin to take second, some 26 seconds back.
However, Van Dijk, who started the day 10 seconds behind the GC will take a lead into of 23 seconds into Friday’s final stage.
Her average speed of 41.37kph was remarkable considering the extreme high wind which had seen the race postponed from a morning start to the afternoon. Even with the postponement 45kmh winds made the stage uncertain, and organisers decided to remove the start ramp and only road bikes were permitted.
It was an excellent day for the Brits, with four women in the top 15. Jos Lowden was sixth with a time of 21.36, while national champion Alice Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) was second eight seconds behind.
After finishing fourth in yesterday’s sprint stage, Anna Henderson (Jumbo-Visma) was ninth with a time of 21.56, while former double world champion Hayley Simmonds was 15th.
Healthy Ageing Tour stage two, Lauwersoog – Lauwersoog (14.4km, individual time trial)
1. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo in 20-53
2. Amy Pieters (Ned) SDWorx at 26 sec
3. Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT at 30 sec
4. Emma CNorsgaard (Den) at 36 sec
5. Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM at 39 sec
6. Jos Lowden (Gbr) Drops-Le Col at 43 sec
7. Alice Barnes (Gbr) Canyon-SRAM at 51 sec
8. Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 1-02
9. Anna Henderson (Gbr) Jumbo-Visma at 1-03
10. Daniek Hengeveld (Ned) HT Krush Tunap at 1-05