Simac Ladies Tour stage 5: Lorena Wiebes wins in Arnhem as Lotte Kopecky seals overall

Dutch sprinter beats Elisa Balsamo as SD Worx cap off successful week

Clock14:14, Sunday 10th September 2023
Lorena Wiebes (SD Worx) sprinted to victory on the final stage of the Simac Ladies Tour

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Lorena Wiebes (SD Worx) sprinted to victory on the final stage of the Simac Ladies Tour

SD Worx won their fourth stage of the week as Lorena Wiebes sprinted to victory on the final day of the Simac Ladies Tour, beating Elisa Balsamo (Lidl-Trek) on the line as teammate Lotte Kopecky finished third to win the race overall.

On an attacking circuit around Arnhem, Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) had been away solo for much of the final 20km, but was caught by a reduced chasing group with 2km to go as a sprint finish approached.

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) finished alone just behind the main peloton, marking the final day of her successful cycling career as she heads into retirement.

Read more: Annemiek van Vleuten: I can leave the sport proud

Stage 5 of the Simac Ladies Tour was a lumpy affair, culminating in a five-lap circuit around Arnhem.

A large group of riders got up the road after 40km with some big names present, including race leader Lotte Kopecky, as well as Lorena Wiebes, Floortje Mackaij (Movistar), Anna Henderson (Jumbo-Visma), Kasia Niewiadoma, Zoe Bäckstedt (both Canyon-SRAM), Elisa Balsamo and Shirin van Anrooij (Lidl-Trek).

The lead group took a lead of a minute and a half over the peloton, where Van Vlueten was riding on the front. It became clear however that due to the strength of those in the lead, the stage win would come from those up front. Kasia Niewiadoma tried a solo attack and managed to get a gap of 25 seconds, but with 2km she was caught. Mackaij also tried her luck in the finale but it all came back together for a sprint, which Wiebes won after being led-out by Lotte Kopecky.

Kopecky finished third on the stage behind Elisa Balsamo and wrapped up the win in the GC. Wiebes took the second step on the podium, followed by Anna Henderson. Annemiek van Vleuten slowed up before the line to wave to her fans before crossing it for the final time in her illustrious career.

Head to the Simac Ladies Tour race page for the latest news and results from the race.

Race Results

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WIEBES Lorena

Team SD Worx

3H 44' 53"

2

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BALSAMO Elisa

Lidl-Trek

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3

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KOPECKY Lotte

Team SD Worx

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4

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ROSEMAN-GANNON Ruby

Team Jayco-AlUla

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5

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GEORGI Pfeiffer

Team dsm-firmenich

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6

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AHTOSALO Anniina

Uno-X Pro Cycling Team

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7

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SCHWEINBERGER Christina

Fenix-Deceuninck

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8

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BACKSTEDT Zoe

CANYON//SRAM Racing

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9

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HENDERSON Anna

Team Jumbo-Visma

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10

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BERTIZZOLO Sofia

UAE Team ADQ

+ 3"

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