Top fifteen for Romy Kasper in hectic Driedaagse Brugge – De Panne

The team was all set for the final classic of the year and their last race of the season. The flat race was expected to end in a sprint but the wind conditions kept things interesting. The pace was high and the peloton was already ahead of the fastest time schedule when they entered the local circuit of De Panne for the first time.

With fifty kilometres to go it was Anouska Koster who made the real first move, but together with her fellow escapees she was soon caught back. Next up, Esther van Veen gave it a shot followed by Femke Markus, but the peloton wasn’t keen on letting anyone go. The first echelons appeared heading into the finale and the teams at the front pushed the pace causing splits. Romy Kasper made it into the lead group and finished just outside the top ten. With the whole team being actively in the front all day, Team Parkhotel Valkenburg didn’t end the season unnoticed.

‘’We did find each other super well today and we were often together with three or four of us. It’s a pity the season is over because we were getting better and better at sticking together as a team.’’ – Romy Kasper

Romy Kasper: ’’It was a fast race and there were several splits but every time it came back together. The final lap was super aggressive with a lot of attacks. We also tried several times, but no attack was sticking. In the final I tried to go with an attack but it was too soon, so I decided to find a good position for the sprint and did my best. I’m happy to finally have a race without any mechanicals or crashes and finish the season with a nice result in the pocket.‘’

Result
1 Lorena Wiebes
2 Lisa Brennauer
3 Lotte Kopecky
11 Romy Kasper
34 Femke Markus
42 Anouska Koster
50 Karlijn Swinkels
51 Marit Raaijmakers
61 Esther van Veen

Photo by Velofocus