For most sprinters, being boxed in in a finale is a nightmare. Not for Charlotte Kool, though.
As the Team DSM rider hurtled towards the finish line in Abu Dhabi on stage four of the UAE Tour Women , she found herself trapped behind her former team-mate Lorena Wiebes . It wasn’t the plan, but fortunately the elements were on her side.
“The plan was to start actually earlier,” Kool told the media, including Cycling Weekly , after the stage. “I guess with the wind it was perfect timing and it turned out pretty good.”
By the city’s marina, boat sails grappled with the breeze. Kool, having lost her lead-out woman Pfeiffer Georgi on the run-in to the line, was forced to improvise, latching onto Wiebes’s wheel and biding her time into the headwind.
“I think, if I saw it right, her lead-out was done quite early, so she was kind of forced to go early,” Kool said of her SD Worx sprint rival. “I have to say, we also didn’t expect this wind. It wasn’t really on the weather protocols.
“It was really chaotic. I was quite boxed in, but I just said ok, wait, wait, wait, wait until I find a gap, then I found a gap and I launched my sprint.”
With 50m to go, Kool kicked down on the pedals and rounded her compatriot. It was déjà vu for many. Wiebes had been caught out again by the wind – as had happened on stage one – and Kool was poised […]
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