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Attacking team sees Daniek Hengeveld almost take maiden win in Healthy Ageing Tour opener

Winning on your very first day in the women’s elite peloton. This dream almost became a reality for Daniek Hengeveld. In the first stage of the 2021 Healthy Ageing Tour, she only was caught in the final hundred meters after a daring attack in the final. The entire team representing Grant Thornton-Krush Bikes-Tunap Sports rode a gutsy first race of the season.

Hengeveld almost took her Krush bike to glory - © Cor Vos

The legendary TT Circuit of Assen hosted the opening stage of the Healthy Ageing Tour, Grant Thornton-Krush Bikes-Tunap Sports’s very first race day of the season. In total, 28 laps of the circuit had to be completed, making for a 128 kilometre long stage.

All riders have been eagerly anticipating their first race of 2021. They all did their utmost to spice up the race, which wasn’t an easy task given the nature of the course. The Biemme kit nevertheless could be seen on the front a lot of times!

It was in the final lap that Hengeveld broke away. She says: “It was not a planned attack. The plan was to set up Clara Lundmark for the sprint. But I soon got a gap of ten seconds. Then I was like: you can always try, so then I just committed and tried to hold on as long as possible. With four kilometres left, I still had 25 seconds!” 

With her daring attack, the 18 year old Hengeveld delighted her team mates, partners and supporters. She gave everything and the peloton managed to reel her back in just in time for the sprint, where Jolien D’Hoore took the win.

“I was caught with about 100 metres to go. Of course, it is a pity to be caught so close to the line, but I can be more than happy with eight place in my first UCI race. And what a race it was, haha…”

The  Healthy Ageing Tour continues tomorrow with an individual time trial on the coast near Lauwersoog.

8. Daniek Hengeveld
14. Clara Lundmark
21. Quinty Ton 
34. Melissa van Neck 
81. Marissa Baks
88. Nathalie Eklund