Our third European race of the season was also our third in Belgium. Le Samyn Des Dames was where Drops first opened their racing campaign when the team started 12 months ago.
The course was very similar to last year’s race – a 100.5 kilometres from Quaregnon to Dour with twelve cobbled sections. Despite this being the third Drops race in under a week, the team set about Le Samyn with gusto as the team looked to end the set of Belgian races on a high.
The race didn’t go the right way for Rose Osborne, Lucy Shaw and Rebecca Womersley who weren’t able to make it to the line. Rebecca Durrell and Abby-Mae put in good performances to finish the race in 58th and 73rd respectively.
Lizzie Holden followed her debut race at Omloop van het Hageland with an excellent performance on a tough day. Her 38th place finish went a long way to show the potential she has and she shared her experience post-race.
“After a disappointing ride at Hageland with crashes it felt great to get a good race today,” she said.
“I felt pretty strong throughout the majority of the race. Some of the cobbled sections were followed straight away by exposed areas with strong cross winds, making it even tougher. There were splits in the groups, typical Belgium racing! The rain started towards the end of the race and that made the final cobble sections felt extra tough but overall a good day out for me.”
Up next for Drops is a trip to Holland as they prepare to take on Drentse Acht Van Westerveld.