Swift Racing has completed its second victory on Belgian soil of the year. Currently the hottest place in Europe, temperatures were at over 30 degrees for the 3rd round of the AA Drink National Cup series in De Pinte. This new series has proved very popular with over 200 riders entering the series. This was the first round Swift Racing had been able to attend due to other racing commitments.
The race was aggressive from the gun, with several small groups trying to break free, however it wasn’t until the second lap of 12, that Helen Wyman and 4 others managed to get a good gap on the bunch. Quickly moving away from the bunch over the next 10km’s, the group held an advantage of just over one minute. At this point they were joined by a further AA Drink rider making the group Sylvia Debboudt (Keukens Redant) , Elise Depoorter (Lotto-Belisol), Sofie De Nys (Sprinters Malderen), Latoya Brulee (AA Drink), Maxime Groenewegen (AA Drink) along with Helen Wyman.
With the group working well, the peleton weren’t able to close the gap, also largely due to the hard work of Swift, Lotto and AA Drink in the peleton. In the final 2 laps however, the lead was reduced from 2 minutes to just 19 seconds, but it was enough for Helen to sprint to victory ahead of both AA Drink girls who completed the podium.
The bunch sprint for seventh place was won by Belgian Champion Ludivine Henrion (AA Drink). Finishing in the bunch for Swift Racing was Toni Bradshaw, Lien Beyen, Marina Duvnjak and Ine Beyen.
Helen Wyman said after the race, ‘This is my first win here in Belgium, its been a long time coming, but its worth the wait. The team have really clicked in the last few weeks and everyone is riding well. Finger crossed we can keep doing the same in Tour de L’aude next week.’
The Tour de L’aude starts on Friday with a short time trial, before moving into the hills of the L’aude region in South West France. The Team were based there for 2 weeks in February for a training camp and have already carried out preparation rides on many of the stages.
The team for Tour de L’aude is:
Emma Davies Jones
Debby van den Berg
photos Janos Schmidt