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2nd Holland Hills Classic - NE

Netherlands, August 14, 2005


Valen too strong

By Dennis van der Meiden

Anita Valen (Vlaanderen Capri Sonne/T-Interim)
Photo ©: Roland Godschalk
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Anita Valen won the second Holland Hills Classic in front of a huge crowd that came out for the final race of the Dutch Topcompetition in Gulpen.

With 10 climbs (five ascents of the Kruisberg, four of the Schweiberg and once up the Gulpenerberg) and a distance of almost 126 km, this race was very tough for the 160 women who started. In occasionally very bad weather conditions with rain, wind and hail, a front group of four riders stayed at the front for almost 100km, Trixi Worrack (Nürnberger), Anita Valen (Vlaanderen), Arenda Grimberg (Therme Skin Care) and Josephine Groenveld (Van Bemmelen). The crumbled peloton didn't have the power to close the gap. Trixi Worrack was the most active rider in the front group and won the mountain classification. After dropping Josephine Groenveld and Arenda Grimberg, Anita Valen won the sprint 'ā deux'.


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Results - 125.9 km

1 Anita Valen (Nor) Vlaanderen Caprisonne/T Interim      3.22.03 (37.387 km/h)
2 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Vers.               0.01
3 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) Therme Skin Care                    2.21
4 Josephine Groenveld (Ned) Van Bemmelen - AA Drink         3.50
5 Nathalie Bates (Aus) Van Bemmelen - AA Drink              3.59
6 Francis Linthorst (Ned) Therme Skin Care                  4.00
7 Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel (Ned) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint    4.48
8 Oenone Wood (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Vers.                     
9 Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Van Bemmelen - AA Drink                
10 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Therme Skin Care                      
11 Sarah Duster (Ger) Therme Skin Care                          
12 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Vrienden vh Platteland                 
13 Adrie Visser (Ned) Van Bemmelen - AA Drink                   
14 Laure Werner (Bel) Vlaanderen Caprisonne/T Interim           
15 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Vrienden vh Platteland                  
16 Corine Hierckens (Bel) Therme Skin Care                      
17 Loes Markerink (Ned) @Work Cycling Team                      
18 Sandra Rombouts (Ned) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint                  
19 Sofie Goor (Bel) Vlaanderen Caprisonne/T Interim             
20 Sharon van Dromme (Bel) Vlaanderen Caprisonne/T Interim      
21 Cindy Pieters (Bel) Vlaanderen Caprisonne/T Interim          
22 Bertine Spijkerman (Ned) @Work Cycling Team              5.08
23 Katharine Bates (Aus) Van Bemmelen - AA Drink                
24 Liesbet de Vocht (Ned) KSV Deerlijk-WC Noordzee              
25 Janne Brok (Ned) Willebrord Wil Vooruit                      
26 Sissy van Alebeek (Ned) Van Bemmelen - AA Drink              
27 Kathleen Sterckx (Ned) Merida Ld - WV Eemland                
28 Sharon van Essen (Ned) Vrienden vh Platteland                
29 Charlotte Goldsmith (GBr) Vlaanderen Caprisonne/T Interim    
30 Emanuela Azzini (Ita) Nobili Rubinetterie                    
31 Linda Serup (Den) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint                      
32 Tina Liebig (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Vers.                5.15
33 Debby Mansveld (Ned) Vlaanderen Caprisonne/T Interim     5.27
34 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Nobili Rubinetterie             
35 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Vrienden vh Platteland                 
36 Kirsten Wild (Ned) @Work Cycling Team                        
37 Claudia Stumpf (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Vers.                 
38 Anke Wichmann (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Vers.                  
39 Areke Hassink (Ned) @Work Cycling Team                       
40 Linda Ringlever (Ned) Weijers-Eikhout Mov Lady           6.56