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Grant Thornton-Krush Bikes-Tunap Sports shows fighting spirit in final stage Healthy Ageing Tour

The first race of the 2021 season is done and dusted for Grant Thornton-Krush Bikes-Tunap Sports. With two top tens, the team can reflect positively on the 2021 Healthy Ageing Tour. The splendid team work gives us all the more reason to be happy and proud.

“It was a challenging day”, Quinty Ton says after the epic final stage of the race, which led the riders over the VAM-Berg 36 times. “I now certainly know the meaning of suffering again. After today, I will never say I’m cold again. I was shivering for maybe half an hour…”

Ton did express a bit of disappointment after reaching the finish line. A crash and two bike changes didn’t help her chances for a good result. “That crash happened just as the tempo went up. Up until then, I had a really good race and there was only a small bunch group left. I noticed how many riders were dropped, but I still felt pretty good. I hoped to get across the finish with this group, but at that moment, I went down.”

Ton was able to continue the race, her morale was still high. “I had to change bikes, then I managed to jump out of a group and ride to the next group. That turned out to be the last pack to finish the race. Of course, I am a little disappointed because of the crash, but I am proud of the fact that I pushed through.”

“Everyone has done a great job”

For the team, the 2.1 race in the Northern part of The Netherlands was the first race of the season. Ton praises the squad’s fighting spirit and development. “Everyone has done a great job. We made use of each other’s powers. That of course means that not everyone was able to get a nice result, but that is what you need to perform as a team. I think we can be very proud of the way we have showed ourselves during the race!”

“During the race, we came closer to one another. We communicated better during the race. That is all part of the process. Daniek was behind a crash early on in the race. We waited for her, because she was still high in the general classification. That went very smoothly. We were like: I will wait, I will wait and we brought her back again. That is what you want and that happened today. It is great to see how we all did that.”
 

Ton’s next race will follow shortly. The 1.2 race GP Oetingen will be raced this sunday, March 14. But first it is time for some bike and body care after a truly gruelling race. “I already look forward to sleeping tonight, haha!”

Grant Thornton-Krush Bikes-Tunap Sports would like the thank the Healthy Ageing Tour for the stellar organisation and the opportunity the race this beautiful race in these challenging times.