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  The Rabobank 7-Dorpenomloop Aalburg has been held since 2007 with Marianne Vos having taken victory in six of the eight editions. Last year the race even changed the name to the Rabobank Marianne Vos Classic but it has returned to The Rabobank 7-Dorpenomloop Aalburg for 2015.

2014 Results

1 Marianne VOS
2 Lucy GARNER +0
4 Sara MUSTONEN +0
5 Kim DE BAAT +0
6 Susanna ZORZI +0
7 Nina KESSLER +3
8 Alice Maria ARZUFFI +3
10 Lotte VAN HOEK +3

Past Winners

2014 - Marianne Vos
2013 - Marianne Vos
2012 - Annemiek van Vleuten
2011 - Marianne Vos
2010 - Marianne Vos
2009 - Marianne Vos
2008 - Loes Markerink
2007 - Marianne Vos

The Route

The race starts with three laps of a 28.5km circuit before finishing on three shorter 11.3km circuits. There are no climbs to contend with but riders are likely to face plenty of wind that has the potential to split the race.

The Contenders

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Marianne Vos has won the race six times but taking a seventh will not be easy. Has had a number of injury issues this year and is unlikely to be anywhere near her best. That said it doesn't mean she should be discounted. Her one race on the road this year was Ronde van Gelderland, where she finished sixth.

Roxane Knetemann has had a strong 2015 finishing sixth at Gent-Wevelgem and Ronde van Overijssel, seventh La Fleche Wallonne and ninth at Energiewacht Tour after consistent stage results. Without a sprint finish capable of beating the pure sprinters expect to see Knetemann aggressive.

The team also bring two big young talents in Anna Knauer and Anouska Koster. Both have finished on the podium in one day races in the past few weeks and could well produce another strong result.

Lucy Garner

After finishing second last year Garner will be looking to find that top step. The dual Junior World Champion had an injury impacted start to the year but since her return to racing last month has been producing strong results. Second behind Kirsten Wild at Ronde van Gelderland and ninth at the very wet Dwars door de Westhoek.

Emma Johansson

Johansson rounded out the podium last year. 2015 hasn't been the typical season for Johansson who suffered a broken collarbone in March. Off the bike only a couple of weeks before finishing an impressive 13th at the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Since then has been producing strong results as she returns to her best. Not a pure sprinter but capable of mixing it with them especially after a hard day. Orica-AIS is likely to try and split the race with their usual aggressive tactics.

Chloe Hosking

Hosking has been part of a number of Wiggle's biggest wins this season in a support role. With Jolien D'hoore having a break from racing Hosking will have a chance for herself. Three podium finishes to date this season including second at Novilon Eurocup and third Gent-Wevelgem also finished fifth at Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe after leading out D'hoore. Has a very quick sprint and when on form is one of the best in the women's peloton.

Kim De Baat

The 23 year old might not be a name that jumps to your mind but is always consistent especially when racing in the Netherlands and was in the top 5 last year. Finished sixth at EPZ Omloop van Borsele and eighth Ronde van Gelderland last month after finishing 15th earlier in the season at the Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe. Not likely to win a sprint but could take another top 10 result.

Other names to watch: Janneke Ensing, Kelly Druyts, Sarah Roy, Giorgia Bronzini, Audrey Cordon and Amy Cure.
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