The Netherlands — Argos-Shimano rider Kirsten Wild put the finishing touches on a masterful display of sprinting at the Energiewacht Tour over the weekend, winning two more stages for a total of four. Between the team’s perfect tactics and Wild’s dominant finishing speed, the Argos-Shimano squad is proving unbeatable in the sprints.
Wild won Stages 1, 2, 3b and 4 at the five-day stage race in The Netherlands—each on her Felt F1 team bike. In the end, she finished third in the General Classification.
Wild’s final win of the race came Saturday in Stage 4, a 134km stage from Eemsmond to Uithuizen.
“Even after four wins, it is still very special to win,” Wild said. “At the moment, I am in a flow, everything works and falls into place. It isn’t that I don’t have to work for it, or that it doesn’t hurt, but when it goes like this, hurting is not that bad and you are able to keep going.”
Once again, Wild’s Argos-Shimano teammates set her up perfectly for the win. German rider Charlotte Becker joined a five-rider breakaway with 40km to go. Ten kilometers later, Wild bridged up to the leaders along with four three others in a chase. Then, in the final kilometer, Becker led Wild out—and the powerful Dutch sprinter finished it off.
“The team did an amazing job today, the girls in the bunch kept pressure from the back and Charlotte countered all the attacks and did a great lead-out for me in the final kilometer.”