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  The month of May has been a relatively quiet, with several teams racing in the United States and or China. Most teams and riders however have had a short break and have taken advantage of the calendar to prefer for the second half of the season. Boels Rental Hills Classic marks the return for many riders as they start a busy period on the calendar.

2014 Results

1 Emma JOHANSSON
2 Eleonora VAN DIJK +3
3 Amy PIETERS +5
4 Roxane KNETEMANN +44
5 Katarzyna PAWLOWSKA +3:03
6 Sabrina STULTIENS +3:03
7 Anna VAN DER BREGGEN +5:07
8 Jessie DAAMS +5:07
9 Sofie DE VUYST +5:07
10 Ashleigh MOOLMAN +5:07

Past Winners

2014 - Emma Johansson
2013 - Ashleigh Moolman
2012 - Annemiek van Vleuten
2011 - Marianne Vos
2010 - Grace Verbeke
2009 - Marianne Vos
2008 - Larissa Kleinmann
2007 - Marianne Vos
2006 - Theresa Senff
2005 - Anita Valen De Vries
2004 - Mirjam Melchers

The Route

The 131.4km is up and down all day and covers 15 climbs.

Climbs
At 7.6km Adsteeg (1.3km)
At 15.7km Lange Raarberg (0.95km)
At 24.1km Daahlemerweg (1.9km)
At 37.1km Koning van Spanje (1.4km)
At 45.9km Camerig (3.6km)
At 61km Schweibergerweg (2.3km)
At 68.1km Camerig (3.6km)
At 86.1km Julianastraat (1.45km)
At 91.4km Piemert (0.7km)
At 94.1km Mheerelindje (0.45km)
At 108km Cauberg (0.8km)
At 113.4km Geuhlemmerweg (1.2km)
At 117.4km Bemelerweg (0.85km)
At 125.6km Cauberg (0.8km)
At 130.2km Geulhemmerweg (1.2km)

The Contenders

Start list available here

Emma Johansson

The defending champion hasn't had the perfect start to the season but despite a broken collarbone has been her usual consistent self. Chasing her first win and this is the course that could see her claim it. The up and down route is perfect for Johansson who excels on the short steep climbs and packs a very quick finish.

Expect strong support from Gracie Elvin who should be able to do well here. Melissa Hoskins is another name to watch who is climbing better than ever.

Katarzyna Niewiadoma

With most of Rabo's big names on a break or racing in another discipline Niewiadoma has another chance to step up and show her considerable talent. Climbs with the best especially on a route like this. Has had a strong start to the year in the races that suit her fifth at La Flèche Wallonne and sixth at Strade Bianche. Took a solo win at Frauen Grand Prix Gippingen last year. Will likely need to distance the likes of Johansson to take the win.

Boels Dolmans

Once again Boels Dolmans brings a very strong team with everyone on the team capable of a strong result and challenging for the win here. Lizzie Armitstead is always a name to watch and it is a good course for her but has not seemed at the level of last year. Ellen Van Dijk second last year and only missed out on the win unable to outsprint Emma Johansson. With the depth in the team and her time trial strength don't be surprised to see a long range attack.

Megan Guarnier had a strong start to 2015 with second at Women's Tour of New Zealand before a solo win at Strade Bianche. Bounced back from injury to take third at La Flèche Wallonne before sprinting to the US National title last weekend. Teammate Evelyn Stevens did a lot of work to set that up with a long range attack and is here again as crucial support for the team. Don't discount Christine Majerus either.

Amy Pieters

Part of the select group that eventually went on to contest the win. Finished third unable to match the power of Johansson and Van Dijk in the finish but a credible performance. Repeating that result will not be easy but has proven can be in the mix on a hard course.

Jessie Daams and Carlee Taylor

Lotto Soudal's climbing duo could perform well here. Both are more than capable of handling the climbs here. Neither is likely to win a sprint even from a select group so their best chance will be to attack. Daams was part of the main chase group last year finishing around five minutes behind the top three.

Elena Cecchini could surprise as well. Much more than a sprinter who has consistently been posting top 10 results. The course might prove to be just a bit too much but don't discount here.

Sofie De Vuyst

The always consistent De Vuyst is a rider who performs well in one day races the flatter classics mean some of the faster sprinters are there and the hillier ones normally prove hard enough to stop her going with the best. Finished ninth last year in the select chase group and could well repeat her top 10 performance again the year.

Other names to watch: Shara Gillow, Mayuko Hagiwara and Janneke Ensing.
 
 
         
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