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  With a women's edition held for the first time last year Lisa Brennauer took a solo victory holding off the chasing peloton. The now world time trial champion is racing Gracia Orlova and will not have the chance to defend her win here. With two UCI stages race running at the same time - Gracia Orlova and Festival Luxembourgeois Elsy Jacobs many of the big teams send reduced squads or will not be racing.


2 Kirsten WILD +12
3 Nina KESSLER +12
4 Elise DELZENNE +12
5 Natalie VAN GOGH +12
6 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN +12
7 Chantal BLAAK +12
9 Romy KASPER +12
10 Karol-Ann CANUEL +12

Past Winners

2014 - Lisa Brennauer

The Route

At 143km it is one of the longest races on the calendar. Add in that many teams do not bring a full six rider squad and it is a race that will be hard to control. While the race is in the Netherlands it is not completely flat but then there is nothing that should trouble the sprinters.

The race finished with two laps of an 8.5km circuit that includes a number of small rises. Again nothing that is likely to trouble the sprinters but it does present those looking to avoid a sprint an opportunity to attack and look to head to the finish line solo or in a small group.

The Contenders

Start list available here

Kirsten Wild

The dominant sprinter of the women's peloton started her season later after renewing her focus on the track ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics. Won gold in the scratch race and then picked up bronze in the omnium. In a bunch sprint Wild is very hard to beat. Won the bunch sprint last year and with Hitec fielding a full six rider squad they will look to control and have Wild pick up her fifth win of the season.

Lizzie Armitstead and Boels Dolmans

Boels Dolmans have the best of both worlds. In the event of a sprint Lizzie Armitstead can be relied on to produce a good result in a sprint. In Chantal Blaak, Ellen Van Dijk and Evelyn Stevens they have three riders who are likely to be on the attack throughout the race.

Anna Knauer

The 2013 Junior World Omnium Champion earned her first podium on the road finishing third at EPZ Omloop van Borsele last week. The 20 year old joined Rabo last year in her first year as a senior and with the depth on the squad has not had a lot of chances for herself. With three races on over the weekend and a podium at Borsele the team can be confident in backing the 20 year old.

Teammate Anouska Koster is worth keep an eye on after winning the young rider classification at the Energiewacht Tour but if it comes down to a sprint Knauer is the quicker finisher. The experienced Roxane Knetemann is also on good form and will be important for the two young riders.

Other names to watch: Lauren Kitchen, Kelly Druyts, Evy Kuijpers and Kim de Baat.
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