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Simac Ladies Tour report: Kool storms to victory in opening prologue

She unseated Riejanne Markus who was looking quite comfortable in the hot seat.

Charlotte Kool rolls off the start ramp and into the leader’s jersey in the opening prologue of the Simac Ladies Tour.

From the moment she rolled off the ramp of the 2.4 km prologue Charlotte Kool was on a mission. The DSM-Firmenich rider finished a whopping four seconds ahead of Riejanne Markus (Jumbo-Visma) and Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx).

How it happened

Kool rolling off the start ramp.

Brief results and GC into stage 1

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Kool coming into the finish line absolutely flying.

Quote of the day

The guy interviewing Kool at the finish was as or more excited than the winner herself (she was pretty happy, so it’s saying something). First, he asked if she had realized what had happened, to which she said ‘yes’, next he asked if the goal had been to win.

I really wanted to win this prologue, I didn’t start to not win, this was the plan and that it happens is very special.

Kool before the podium ceremony
Markus out there looking like every amateur with a TT wishes they looked.

Brief analysis

Up next: Stage 1

The first road stage looks very much like a classic road stage. Since it’s the Netherlands, wind could come into play, however, Europe is facing a heat wave this week so it’s less likely the wind will come into play on Wednesday.

It’s a stage for Lorena Wiebes, but Kool and DSM-Firmenich will be all-in not only to keep the lead but also win the stage. Kool has clearly targeted this race, and Wiebes has been on good form for a while now, so it will be a fascinating sprint if it’s those two. There are some other sprinters who could get in the mix like Elisa Balsamo (Lidl-Trek) and Chiara Consonni (UAE Team ADQ).

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