06 Abr Energiewacht Tour (WE 2.2)
The Energiewacht Tour is an Elite women’s stage road race held in the province of Groningen in the Netherlands. This year the sixth edition of the race will be held under UCI Elite 2.2 ranking. As well as the 2015 Energiewacht Tour the stage race will start in the Netherlands but will finish on the German island of Borkum. A total of 24 teams and 143 riders will participate in this edition of Energiewacht Tour. There will no Spanish representatives at the 6th edition of the race.
It will be a very special race for Orica-AIS not only because they are heading to the Dutch race with a very strong roster but also because just a few hours ago one of their teammates announced her season was over due to a back injury. Chloe Leighton (formerly McConville as recently married) had already planned to end up her cycling career at the end of 2016 season but this injury will make her end this chapter of her life earlier than expected. As Orica-AIS is starting the Dutch stage race with probably the strongest roster ahead of both individual and team time trial stages, they will have a great opportunity to pay tribute to her teammate.
A Junior edition of the race will be held as well. It will included a starting team time trial with same race course as the elite race and three road stages, which will partly include the women elite courses. The race will be part of the newborn 2016 UCI Women Junior Nations’ Cup.
The 2016 UCI Women Junior Nations’ Cup includes a combination of one-day and stage races registered on the UCI Calendar:
- Trofeo Da Moreno – Piccolo Trofeo Alfredo Binda (Italy, 20.03.16)
French rider, Clara Copponi won the “Da Moreno – Mini-Alfredo Binda Trophy”, first round of the newborn Junior Women’s Nations’ Cup. In the final sprint, Copponi outsprinted the bunch who broke away from the group on the Orino climb, with 10km to go. In the sprint, Susanne Andersen (Vaiano Fondest) came second and Letizia Paternoster (Vecchia Fontana) finished in third position.
- Gent-Wevelgem (Belgium, 27.03.16)
Belgian rider, Nathalie Bex won the “Gent-Wevelgem Women U19″, second round of the newborn Junior Women’s Nations’ Cup. In the chasing group sprint, Elisa Balsamo outsprinted the bunch, Susanne Andersen came third and Clara Copponi, first round winner, finished in fourth place.
- Energiewacht Tour (Netherlands, stage race, 6-9.04.16)
- Albstadt Frauen-Etappenrennen (Germany, stage race, 10-12.06.16)
From Wednesday, April 6th until Sunday, April 10th
1st stage : Groningen – Groningen (TTT): 11.3km Local Time: 19:00 to 21:15 approx.
The first stage is a team time trial of just over eleven kilometres and starts in the heart of the city of Groningen with start and finish at the Fish Market, where three times a week is held a big market. It has been one of the best markets in the Netherlands.
Our favourite: Orica – AIS Our outsider: Boels Dolmans
2nd stage : Winsum – Winsum: 116.8km Local Time: 12:30 to 15:30 approx.
After the team time trial stage it is time for the first road stage at Winsum. At the 2015 edition the prologue was held in Winsum. Winsum has nearly 8,000 inhabitants and it will be start and finish line of this first road stage, which will be tough and energy consuming as riders will have to race five laps to a circuit of slightly over twenty kilometres.
Our favourite: Chloe Hosking Our outsider: Chantal Blaak
3rd stage : Musselkanaal – Stadskanaal: 139.1km Local Time: 12:00 to 15:15 approx.
In 2015 Stadskanaal held a stage on the penultimate day. That stage has gone down in history as one of the toughest stages in the history of the Energiewacht Tour so far. Through the cold and stormy winds lay the peloton leaving Stadskanaal all apart. Cyclist will have to ride one lap to a 27.9km-long circuit, two laps to a 32.8km-long circuit and three final local laps in Stadskanaal of 12.4km.
Our favourite: Kirsten Wild Our outsider: Gracie Elvin
4th stage sector A : Zuidhorn – Zuidhorn: 75.4km Local Time: 10:00 to 12:00 approx.
After the busy and lively finish in the center of Zuidhorn in 2015, the village with 11,000 inhabitants will reedit a stage finish. This time, a race course of slightly more than 75 kilometres with both start and finish line in Zuidhorn. Riders will have to cross the finish line twice as they will have to ride into a final 7.3km-long local circuit.
Our favourite: Loren Rowney Our outsider: Pernille Mathiesen
4th stage sector B : Leek – Leek (ITT): 13.6km Local Time: 15:00 to 17:45 approx.
After the morning sector the international peloton will head to Leek for the evening time trial sector. An individual time trial of almost fourteen kilometres should be decisive for the overall classification.
Our favourite: Katrin Garfoot Our outsider: Linda Villumsen
5th stage : Borkum – Borkum: 119.3km Local Time: 12:30 to 15:30 approx.
Borkum will repeat as closing stage of Energiewacht Tour. The closure on the German island was a success and organisers have decided to repeat the windy and coastal landscape of the 33-square-kilometres flat German island. Riders will have to complete eight laps to a 15.1km-long circuit. As in last year stage we expect that wind conditions will make it a tough final stage.
Our favourite: Chloe Hosking Our outsider: Amalie Dideriksen
Favourites & Outsiders
Annemiek van Vleuten, Lisa Brennauer, Anna van der Breggen
Katrin Garfoot, Eleonora Van Dijk, Chantal Blaak, Chloe Hosking
Jolien D’hoore, Elena Cecchini, Lucinda Brand, Kirsten Wild, Linda Villumsen
Our favourite: Annemiek van Vleuten
Our outsider: Kirsten Wild
German rider Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM) won 2015 Energiewacht Tour. She took the overall victory by nine seconds ahead of her teammate and compatriot Trixi Worrack while Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) came in third.
Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank Liv) won in the prologue of the Energiewacht Tour. Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle Honda) won the sprint and claimed the first stage of the Energiewacht Tour. Velocio-SRAM won the team time trial (first sector of the second stage 2) of the Energiewacht Tour. Lucinda Brand (Rabobank Liv) won the afternoon sector of the second stage. Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) took the third stage of the Energiewacht Tour. Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank Liv) won the final stage after a solo move in Borkum.
Highlights of 2015 Energiewacht Tour (UCI 2.2)