DROPS-Le Col Pro Team Update

Brabantse Pjil – 14th April

It was the final Flanders Classic of the season and what a result! A fantastic team performance resulted in Joss Lowden forming a breakaway with a group of favourites. Despite launching a brave solo attack under the Flamme Rouge Joss was reeled in to finish 5th in the sprint!

Lizzie Bennett in action on the Endurance SL R Disc. Image @rhode_media

Scheldeprijs – 7th April

It was a young squad that lined up for the start of the inaugural edition of this race. A great team performance resulted in Emilie Moberg being well-placed to contest a sprint finish. In horrible conditions, Emilie timed her sprint perfectly to finish agonisingly just off the podium in a superb 4th place.

Ronde de Mouscron – April 5th

In what was a superb team effort, it was a podium finish for Maria (Tata) Martins at Ronde Mouscron. The team rode an attacking race with the intention of featuring in any breakaways. As these attacks were nullified a bunch sprint seemed inevitable. So the plan switched to working for team sprinter Tata Martins. On the long run into the line, Tata maintained third spot to cross the line for the first podium of the season. This fantastic result was backed up by by great rides from April Tacey in 15th, Alice Towers 19th, and Elizabeth Bennett 20th.

Ronde De Vlaanderen – April 4th

One of the toughest races on the calendar saw a team of 6 riders take on this famous cobbled classic. At 152km in length, including the infamous climbs of the Paterberg and Kwaremont plus 5 cobbled sections, it’s not one for the faint-hearted. In what proved to be an attritional race over this brutal course, Maike van Der Duin was the first finisher in the second main bunch.

Dwars Door Vlaanderen – March 31st

This mini Tour of Flanders saw the team take part in 122km of hard riding on a surprisingly sun-drenched course in rural Belgium. Sara Penton was first finished in 43rd.

Gent-Wevelgem – March 28th

Gent-Wevelgem is a great test of a riders fortitude, with wind and rain normally making their presence felt. This year was no exception with crosswinds encountered yet the crucial selection for the result was forced on the Monteberg and Kemmelberg doubleheader. Maike van der Duin was best placed finisher within the top 50.

Oxycleanclassic/Brugge De Panne – March 25th

A great day out for the team in their first world tour race. Lizzie Bennett taking the opportunity to try her luck in a solo breakaway on a pan flat 158.8km course. sadly she was pulled back before the finishing laps. Sara Penton and Emilie Moberg got themselves into the second group on the road to finish in 23rd and 14th respectively.

Omloop Van De Westhoek – March 21st

A windy ride saw 5 riders placed in the front group for the first half of the race before a break of 8 went clear to contest the win. Sadly the team missed out on getting into the break and had to settle for Marjolein Van’t Geloof’s attack earning her 10th place.

Nokere Koerse – March 17th

A young team rode to gain valuable experience of a true Belgian classic. Cobbles, the Nokereberg and bad weather all combined to decimate the field.

Healthy Ageing Tour – March 10th to 12th.

The first stage race of the season offered the team 3 days of racing in the Netherlands.

Stage 1- The opening stage was a 126km race of 28 laps of the TT Circuit Assen ( the cathedral of motorcycling). The field looked intent on having a bunch sprint finish and so it proved to be. Marion Van’t Geloof was the highest finisher, crossing the line in 9th. Maike Van der Duin was next best placed in 19th.

Stage 2 – Winds of 50kph+ greeted the riders at the start of the 14.4km time trial that started and finished in Lauwersoog. The organisers decided that competitors could only use road bikes due to the inherent risks associated with full TT machines. Joss Lowden put in a blistering ride to finish 6th and just 43 seconds down on the stage winner.

Stage 3 – The final stage took place over 17.5 laps of the brutal Col du Vam circuit for a total distance of 115.5km. The weather was once again truly appalling, but a fighting performance from the team resulted in Maike van der Duin finishing 15th and Joss Lowden in 22nd.

Le Samyn des Dames – March 2nd

The 10th edition of this race was held on a 92.5km route from Quaregnon to Dour in West Wallonia. The course included 15 cobbled sections and 6 names hills before 2.5 laps of a tough finishing circuit to the finish. Despite numerous attacks over the cobbles the field came in to the finish together to contest a bunch sprint. Marjolein Van’t Geloof crossed the line in 5th place, a superb result.

Omloop Het Nieuswblad – Februrary 27th

It was a promising start to the season for DROPS – Le Col. After just 4km Lizzie Bennett formed a breakaway of 3 which at one point had a lead of over 5 minutes. However, with 38km to go, they were pulled back in and the race split up on the Leberg climb. Five riders from the team finished in the bunch behind the race favourites. A solid start to their spring campaign.

Drops-Le Col OHM team presentation. Image @rhode_photo

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