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  After a weeks break since the opening European stage race of the season Energiewacht Tour, racing continues in the Netherlands for Ronde van Gelderland. The race is made for the sprinters and often ends in a bunch sprint but this is the Netherlands and a select group contesting the finish is also not out of the question.

Kirsten Wild has won the past two years and is looking to make it three in a row for four wins total. Last year a select group of 13 contested the finish with Wild beating out Jolien D'hoore and Melissa Hoskins for the win.

2014 Results

1 Kirsten WILD
2 Jolien D'HOORE +0
3 Melissa HOSKINS +0
4 Thalita DE JONG +0
6 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN +0
8 Roxane KNETEMANN +0
9 Nina KESSLER +0

Past Winners

2014 - Kirsten Wild
2013 - Kirsten Wild
2012 - Suzanne de Goede
2011 - Ina-Yoko Teutenberg
2010 - Kirsten Wild
2009 - Ina-Yoko Teutenberg
2008 - Anne Samplonius
2007 - Marianne Vos
2006 - Bertine Spijkerman
2005 - Suzanne de Goede
2004 - Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel
2003 - Yvonne Troost-Brunen

The Contenders

Start list available here

Kirsten Wild

A late start to her road season after refocusing on the Track ahead of Rio 2016. Won gold in the scratch race and bronze in the omnium at the Track World Championships in February. Returned to the road winning Novilon Eurocup and picked up a stage at the Energiewacht Tour last week. Shouldn't be discounted in a sprint but doesn't seem to be as unstoppable as she has in previous years.

Jolien D'hoore and Giorgia Bronzini

During the off season Wiggle Honda assembled the best sprint train in the peloton with the recruitment of Jolien D'hoore and Chloe Hosking. The trio of Bronzini, D'hoore and Hosking has proven to be nearly unstoppable this year and Bronzini and D'hoore are sure to be in action here. D'hoore has won Omloop van het Hageland, Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe, a stage of Energiewacht Tour and second at Ronde van Vlaanderen. While Bronzini took out Acht van Westerveld.

In the final kilometres at Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe their train was on display and nobody had any answer to them. When you add in Emilia Fahlin, Eileen Roe and Ronde van Vlaanderen winner Elisa Longo Borghini it is a very strong team.

Melissa Hoskins

Team Pursuit World Champion Melissa Hoskins has been riding herself in to form the past month and made the elite selection on the penultimate stage of the Energiewacht Tour. The only rider from Orica-AIS in the group, Hoskins was distanced when attacks started and had no support. Finished on the podium last year and is looking to go better than that this year. Picked up two stage wins at the Santos Women's Tour beating Bronzini.

Rabo Liv

What can Marianne Vos do in her first race of the year? Has lost her Road and Cyclocross World titles in the past year and despite injury early in the season will want to get off to a good start. Roxane Knetemann was strong at the Energiewacht Tour finishing ninth overall.

Lucy Garner and Amy Pieters

The dual Junior World Champion took a win at the Tour of Chongming Island in her first year as a professional in 2013. A consistent season last year with numerous podium finishes. A knee injury kept her out of a number of early season races but will be looking to get her season off to a fresh start here.

Boels Dolmans

Without Lizzie Armitstead for a sprint the team is likely to be aggressive and it has the riders to pull off a strong result. Chantal Blaak had a strong opening week in Belgium with top 10 finishes in the three opening one day races including winning Le Samyn. Packs a decent finish from a select group but will want to avoid a bit sprint. Has been in the top 10 on three occasions, with her best result second in 2012 from a select group of six.

If it does come down to a sprint look towards two time Junior World Champion on the road Amalie Dideriksen who won the sprint from the main chase group at Acht van Westerveld and Novilon Eurocup. Also the current Junior Scratch Race World Champion.

Barbara Guarischi

Barbara Guarischi gives Velocio-SRAM an option it hasn't had for a few years, that of a pure sprinter. Finished second on the opening road stage of the Energiewacht Tour just missing out to Jolien D'hoore. Made the front group when the race split on subsequent stages but couldn't hold the pace of the big favourite when they upped the pace. If she can keep herself well positioned will be a name to watch in the sprint.

Christina Siggaard and Molly Weaver

Matrix Fitness is steadily moving up the results sheet with Christina Siggaard and Molly Weaver the riders who have been producing the best results so far. Siggaard has four top 20 finishes at Omloop van het Hageland, Cholet Pays de Loire Dames, Gent-Wevelgem and most recently Grand Prix de Dottignies.

Weaver picked up a strong top 10 result for the team at Cholet Pays de Loire finishing in the front group. The team works well together and continues to build confidence with each race.

Elena Cecchini and Amy Cure

Italian Champion Elena Cecchini continues to post top 10 result after top 10 result. Opened her season with sixth at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and has been top 10 in every race since other than Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe (14th) and Novilon Eurocup (DNF). Finished fifth at Ronde van Vlaanderen at the start of the month. Would probably prefer a harder course but expect another top 10 result.

Dual Track World Champion Cure is still easing in to her road season but when on form has proven she can compete with the best.


Bigla is still without their sprinter Shelley Olds who crashed out of Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe. Vera Koedooder is another rider with an injury impacted start to the season. When you think of riders constantly on the attack Koedooder is one of them. The tactic often sees her pick up a couple of wins a year as once she has a gap is hard to catch. Don't discount Iris Slappendel either.

Former World Cup winner Annemiek van Vleuten finished sixth last year and is a rider on form. Has finished third at Molecaten Drentse Acht van Westerveld, 4th Ronde van Vlaanderen and several other top 10 finished. A decent sprint from a select group and is another rider who can be expected to go on the attack.

Other names to watch: Emma Johansson, Janneke Ensing, Nina Kessler, Lauren Kitchen, Loren Rowney, Tiffany Cromwell, Laura Trott and Sara Olsson.
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