Maaike Polspoel wins fourth stage of Profile Ladies Tour 2011 as Marianne Vos retains lead

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Maaike Polspoel wins fourth stage of Profile Ladies Tour 2011 as Marianne Vos retains lead

Topsport Vlaanderen 2012-Ridley team’s Maaike Polspoel showed a good performance and took her first stage victory in the Profile Ladies Tour 2011 on Friday, September 9. Marianne Vos held on to her overall leader’s jersey.
The race started and finished in Papendrecht. Polspoel took a total of 3 hours, 15 minutes and 35 seconds to cover the distance of 127.5 kilometres.
When 75 kilometres remaining, the four cyclists gained their breakaway lead including, Polspoel, Trixi Worrack (AA Cycling Team), Linda Van Rijen (SKIL-Koga Cycling Team) and Marta Bastianelli (MCipollini-Giordana).
Bastianelli suffering from a mechanical problem and she dropped the breakaway companions while Van Rijen increased her pace and followed the other two cyclists. The trio managed to get away from the peloton.
In the final kilometres, Trixi Worrack tried her best to take a lead in the long breakaway but Polspoel increased her pace and crossed the finish line ahead of the other riders.
Worrack was unable to hold her pace and took the runner-up spot with the same timing of the sprinter. Van Rijen finished third with a difference of 28 seconds ahead of the race leader Vos who was 1 minute and 38 seconds down to Belgian.
After winning the stage, Polspoel said, “The conditions in the first few days were not exactly easy, but it meant that I was so far behind that I could get into the breakaway today and win. Normally, I would say that the German Worrack would be faster [in
the sprint].”
She further added, “But I managed to force her onto the front and come around to beat her; this gives me my first international victory.”
Nederland Bloeit team’s Vos retained the overall standing with a timing of 9 hours, 27 minutes and 23 seconds while Emma Johansson (Hitec products UCK) was runner-up with 44 seconds behind Vos.
Kirsten Wild (AA Cycling) finished third with a difference of 1 minute and 3 seconds ahead of Ina Yoko Teutenberg and Chantal Blaak.
The next stage will cover a distance of 113.7 kilometres and it will run in Nuenen and finished in Gerwen.



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