Amy Pieters Storms to Prologue Victory in France
Amy Pieters (NED) stormed to prologue victory on the opening day of La Route de France, assuming the overall race lead.
This is the second year in a row that Team Liv-Plantur has taken the opening stage of the French race with Claudia Lichtenberg (GER), also racing this year, taking victory in 2014 and holding onto the lead until end.
Read the full race report HERE.
Amy Pieters (NED)
“It’s a nice way to start the race with a win! The course was fast and not too technical so I think this suited me well today, a short hard effort.
“The next few days should be alright for me but after that the stages start to get really hard and from there we will be looking after Claudia. It’s great to have the jersey and having it in the team puts us in a good situation now to defend it within the team for the coming days.”
Hans Timmermans (NED)
“Amy rode a really strong race today, looking really fast and paced it well over the three kilometres. After last year’s success here it’s nice to be back in the lead. The next few days should be for the sprinters so that suits us in keeping the jersey with Amy, although there are not a lot of sprinters here so the job of chasing will come down more to us.
“Either way it’s good to have the jersey and as the stages get harder later in the week we have Claudia who is better suited to the climbs. She also did a good race today as it’s not her strength so she stayed with the other GC contenders. It will also be a good experience for the younger riders now in defending the lead.”