WM3 Pro Cycling returns with a good feeling from the Gracia Orlová. The team won with Riejanne Markus the overall ranking in the Czechian stage race. Anouska Koster (at 41 seconds) and Moniek Tenniglo (at 1.24 minutes) completed the podium with a 2nd and 3rd place.
WM3 Pro Cycling came back to the Netherlands with a suitcase full of prizes. The team not only seized the full podium, but won 3 races and the team classification. In addition, Anouska got to take the jersey for the points classification home.
The final winner, Riejanne Markus, considers the first stage of the race being the basis for the success. “We knew how to surprise the competition. Even though it was cold and wet, we continuously raced and eventually broke away with 3 riders. Rotem and Valentina were strong in countering which made the others suffer and immediately increased the gap.”
Riejanne, who won the first stage and consequently became the lead in the team, noticed an increasingly stronger WM3 collective as the race continued. “We started this race as the favourite, but it is not easy to make it actually happen, especially not in those weather conditions with rain, coldness and temperatures only slightly above freezing point. As a team, we have done everything to stay at the front of the overall ranking.”
The success in the Czech Republic is, according to Riejanne, an important boost for WM3. “We have been racing throughout the season as a team and are not afraid to take the initiative. This, unfortunately, has not yet translated in victories in the big races. The feeling is satisfactory and we keep on getting better which we will take to the next races”, says Riejanne, who was also successful in the EPZ Omloop van Borsele.
Riejanne will concentrate the upcoming weeks on a couple of Dutch one-day-races after which she will go on a training camp in Tuscany to prepare for the Dutch championship and the Giro Rosa. “I want to perform well in those races.”