Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) secured the Healthy Ageing Tour for a fourth time as Lonneke Uneken (SD Worx) took the final stage, a 115km ride to Wijste.
Dutchwoman Van Dijk won the Stage 2 time trial to go into the third and final stage in a commanding position and, despite Uneken's efforts, held on to win a fourth Healthy Ageing Tour title and her first since 2017.
The poor weather that plagued the race yesterday continued on Friday, but Uneken showed her mettle to claim a solo win in Wijste.
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Uneken had to settle for fourth in the general classification with Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit – WNT Pro Cycling Team) and Emma Cecilie Jorgensen (Movistar) joining Van Dijk on the podium.
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Jorgensen and Brennauer had finished second and third respectively on the stage, with 21-year-old Jorgensen finishing as the winner of the young rider classification.
Van Dijk wins fourth Healthy Ageing Tour title as Uneken takes final stage
Amy Pieters took the green jersey for the points classification.
“I’m super happy that we could finish it off because the team was a really strong force, it was like one unit. It was so cool to see them all working and to be able to ride behind them almost all race. I knew I had to do my own thing in the finale, and I also really wanted to do this for them. Everyone rode so strong and in the final Lauretta was super, super good to help me as well,” explained Van Dijk after the race.
“The plan going into the stage was to stay with my main competitors; Amy Pieters and Lisa Brennauer, and also to be patient because it’s a really hard lap which sucks a lot of energy out of you, so don’t panic too early.”
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