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Report: Two impressive top 20 finishes in the 2019 Emakumeen Bira | Biehler Pro Cycling

The Emakumeen Bira is all about learning, discovery and pushing boundaries for Biehler Pro Cycling. The Dutch development team. But with two top twenty finishes in the first stages the riders also showed they can battle at the highest level.

In the first stage, Biehler Pro Cycling almost managed to snatch its first-ever top ten finish in a Women’s WorldTour race. Marissa Baks sprinted to a strong 12th place in her first sprint at WorldTour level.

The 101-kilometre long opening stage with start and finish Iurreta was the stage best suited to the sprinters. Despite some fierce attacks from a couple of big guns, the bunch sprint was inevitable. Jolien D’Hoore managed to win the dash for the line, whereas Marissa Baks was the first Biehler Pro Cycling rider home.

“Her 12th place meant her first top 20 finish in a Women’s WorldTour race”, DS Stefan van Klink tells after the race. “That is brilliant. That is a result she did not think that would be possible going into this season.To be honest, she did not even think that would be a possibility today since the plan was to go for the sprint with Nienke Wasmus. But the tempo was so high on the climbs that she couldn’t hang on, so we had to change our strategy and I must admit they did that brilliantly. With her twelfth place, but also her strong performances last week, Marissa is proving to herself that she is able to do more than she thinks.”

The second stage was a lot harder. In the Ardennes-style race, the bunch shattered early and Teuntje Beekhuis was the only Biehler Pro Cycling rider who was able to be part of the front group. On her own, the talented 23-year old managed to sprint to a very impressive 18th place on the tough uphill finish. “This was a very hard race. I had to dig very deep early on in the race to be part of the front group. I was pretty cooked and I honestly not expect that I would be able to finish the race like this”, she admits after the race.

What makes her performance even more impressive is the fact that today’s this was only Beekhuis’ third uphill finish in her career, her first at WorldTour level. “In Burgos, I was seventh on a similar finish, but there I felt I could do way better in terms of positioning. I had a lot of power in the legs, but I simply could not get past them. Today, my main objective in the final was to be positioned better and that was the case. After such a hard stage there was not much left in the tank, but I still am happy with 18th place. This is a very big result for me.”

Halfway the 2019 Emakumeen Bira, Beekhuis sits in 18th place overall. “I know that the coming stages will be really tough. It will be a big challenge, but I will do my utmost to stay within touching distance of some of the best riders on the planet. Of course, I hope to be up there with the best again, but since this is my first time in such a position in such a big race I can’t tell if that is realistic or not. I guess we wait and see what happens. If I’m able to be part of the first group again that is absolutely marvellous, but if that is not the case I still can be satisfied if I’ve left it all out there. I am very excited about the upcoming days and I look forward to two more days of racing my heart out.”

Results Biehler Pro Cycling in 2019 Emakumeen Bira

Stage one:
12. Marissa Baks
21. Teuntje Beekhuis
74. Quinty Ton
76. Roos Hoogeboom
81. Henrietta Colborne
87. Nienke Wasmus

Stage two:
18. Teuntje Beekhuis
59. Marissa Baks
60. Roos Hoogeboom
80. Quinty Ton
81. Henrietta Colborne
DNF. Nienke Wasmus

 

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