Kirsten Wild has taken Team Giant-Shimano’s second stage of La Route de France in four days, winning the bunch sprint on day four of the race. After a second place and a fourth in the past two days Kirsten finally broke through with the win today.
With the stage once again coming down to a bunch sprint, overall leader Claudia Lichtenberg also keeps hold of the race lead.
Kirsten said after the finish: “Once again we had the stage well under control today and we were able to save something for the end. At the finish there were three circuits of a 4.5km lap so we got a good view of the finish each time.
“I knew that I wanted to be in the first five into the final corner to be in the best position to sprint. Willeke [Knol] and Claudia helped to put me into position and through the corner I was in fourth position so the plan worked out well. From here I was able to give it everything.”
Team coach Hans Timmermans added: “The team did a great job today and they were really focused again on doing what they had to do – control the race in defence of Claudia’s overall lead and keeping it together for a bunch sprint.
“Claudia punctured with around 30km to go and we learned our mistake of not being prepared for this at La Course so the team were all at the rear of the peloton to wait for her.
“On the finishing circuits the peloton was back together and the plan was to get Kirsten into fourth or fifth into the final corner. We knew from looking at the stage before that this was a difficult corner and you had to be near the front to contest the sprint.
“The team brought her up into position and placed her at the front in fourth wheel for the corner which worked out perfectly.”