Dutch time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) racked up another victory in the Boels Ladies Tour, taking out the stage 3 time trial over European champion Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb) by four seconds.
Linda Villumsen (Veloconcept) held the fastest time until the final starters, and held on for third on the stage at 26 seconds from Van Vleuten.
Thanks to her performance, Van Vleuten extended her lead in the general classification to nine seconds over Van Dijk, with third-placed Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM) at 40 seconds.
“I really looked forward to this day, I actually wasn’t too nervous about it,” van Vleuten said. “It was my own time trial today and I wanted to test myself and not think about what the other competitors did.
“My goal was to go as hard as possible, maximum to the finish line. Of course it’s very nice that I’m able to win in a long time trial also and to take more time in the overall.”
Van Vleuten is now focused on taking out the overall victory after three more stages.
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