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5th Formido Holland Ladies Tour - 2.9.1
Netherlands, September 2-7, 2001
Starting in Dronten one day after the finish of the men's Ronde van Nederland is the 5th edition of the Ronde van Nederland voor vrouwen, also known as the Formido Holland Ladies Tour. The race is only given a 2.9.2 classification by the UCI, something that the organisers wish to change soon. A higher UCI class makes it more attractive to ride, due to the extra UCI points on offer. As women's professional cycling gradually builds its hierarchy, race promoters will want to improve their events to cement them as top class before there is too much competition.
Currently, women's stage races are either given a 2.9.1 (first tier events) or 2.9.2 (second tier), while one day races are either CDM (World Cup), CM (World Championship), 1.9.1, or 1.9.2. Compare that with the men, who have eight different classes of stage race, and nine different types of one day races. It is rare on the women's calendar that there are more than two UCI races held at the same time, but the season is growing.
The Formido Holland Ladies Tour is a candidate for an upgrade, but it will need a new top sponsor next year, as the contract with Formido runs out. Finding big sponsors for big tours is surprisingly difficult in the Netherlands, given that it is one of cycling's heartlands. Witness the difficulty that the Olympia's Tour and the men's Ronde van Nederland had this year.
"If our sponsor also pulls out, then we will also have problems, but we have confidence that we can maintain it," said chairman Wim van Duivenbode to Dutch newsagency ANP.
He hopes to have more international teams in future, but the quality of the field this year is excellent, with 8 of the top 10 in the UCI rankings taking part: Anna Millward (Saturn), Diana Ziliute (Acca Due O), Hanka Kupfernagel (Farm Frites-Hartol), Judith Arndt (Germany), Suzanne Ljungskog (Vlaanderen) are some of the top foreigners, while defending champion Mirjam Melchers (Acca Due O), Chantal Beltman, Yvonne Brunen and Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel (Farm Frites-Hartol) will fly the Dutch colours, although Leontien will only do two or three stages.
Acca Due O Team Farm Frites-Hartol 1 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) 11 Leontien van Moorsel (Ned) 2 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) 12 Yvonne Brunen (Ned) 3 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) 13 Bertine Spijkerman (Ned) 4 Gulnara Ivanova (Rus) 14 Sissy van Alebeek (Ned) 5 Zita Urbonaite (Ltu) 15 Madeleine Lindberg (Swe) 6 Erika Vilunaite (Ltu) 16 Anouska van der Zee (Ned) 8 Mariëlle van Scheppingen (Ned) 18 Sonja Pfister-v.Kuik (Ned) Nationale Selectie KNWU Saturn Cycling Team 21 Chantal Beltman (Ned) 31 Lyne Besette (Can) 22 Ghita Beltman (Ned) 32 Anna Millward (Aus) 23 Frederika v/d Wiel (Ned) 33 Petra Rossner (Ger) 24 Minke van Dongen (Ned) 34 Judith Arndt (Ger) 25 Mirella van Melis (Ned) 35 Kimberly Bruckner (USA) 36 Kristy Scrymgeour (Aus) German National Team Belgian National Team 41 Bettina Schoke (Ger) 51 Ursula Dauwe (Bel) 42 Christina Becker (Ger) 52 Sharon Vandromme (Bel) 43 Anke Wichmann (Ger) 53 Sandra Degueldre (Bel) 44 Clarissa Breuer (Ger) 54 Lensy Debboudt (Bel) 45 Franziska Rippin (Ger) 55 Ine Wannijn (Bel) 56 Corine Hierckens (Bel) 57 Kathy Ingels (Bel) 58 Natasja Nobels (Bel) Vlaanderen T-Interim Albertsvrienden 61 Debby Mansveld (Ned) 71 Veronica Andréasson (Ned) 62 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) 72 Nele van den Bossche (Ned) 63 Heidi van de Vijver (Bel) 73 Nicolle Leijten (Ned) 64 Veronique Bellenter (Ned) 74 Baukje Doedee (Ned) 65 Caroline Orens (Bel) 75 Melanie Mansveld (Ned) 66 Vanja Vonckx (Bel) 76 Marieke Verhoeven (Ned) 67 Veerle Ingels (Bel) 77 Angeliena Huis (Ned) 68 Evy van Damme (Bel) 78 Emma James (Aus) Team Sponsorservice Konica (Czech Rep. 81 Pia Sunstedt (Fin) 91 Julie Pekarkova (Cze) 82 Helene Tveter (Nor) 83 Ragnhild Kostöl (Nor) 84 Jorunn Kvalö (Nor) 85 Wenche Stensvold (Nor) 86 Monica Valen (Nor) Ondernemers van Nature Westland Wil Vooruit 101 Edith Moerenhout-Klep (Ned) 111 Kristy Miggels (Ned) 102 Tanja Hennes (Ned) 112 Daphne Hoeve (Ned) 103 Sandra Rombouts (Ned) 113 Maaike Hunink (Ned) 104 Janneke Vos (Ned) 114 Afke Sijm (Ned) 105 Francis Linthorst (Ned) 115 Astrid van Tol (Ned) 106 Jaccolien Wallaard (Ned) 116 Frances Newstead (GBr) 107 Areke Hassink (Ned) 117 Joyce van den Nulft (Ned) 118 Martine Bras (Ned) Ton v Bemmelen/Novilon Brabant 2000 reg. select 121 Andrea Bosman (Ned) 131 Inge Velthuis (Ned) 122 Daphny van den Brand (Ned) 132 Gemma Hubers (Ned) 123 Sandra Missbach (Ger) 133 Abke Francissen (Ned) 124 Catharina Mulders (Ned) 134 Miriam de Moel (Ned) 125 Sabrina Raaijmakers (Ned) 135 Elly van Boxmeer (Ned) 126 Caroline Slikker (Ned) 136 Eefje Ottevanger (Ned) 127 Ellen de Weert (Ned) 128 Angela Hillenga (Ned) BIK-Toscany Sport 142 Josephine Groenveld (Ned) 143 Corrien van Haastert (Ned) 145 Wendie Kramp (Ned) 147 Fonny Wekema (Ned) 148 Kirsty Robb (NZl)
2000 Mirjam Melchers (Ned)