Bad luck for Smulders after strong performance

Liv Racing TeqFind was again thick in the action during the second stage of RideLondon Classique. Silke Smulders made a strong impression in the first group, but a crash took her out in the final kilometre. 

The second stage had start and finish in Maldon. In the opening part of the stage several riders tried to get away, but the peloton kept all escapees on a tight leash and with 35 kilometres to go all was back together. Liv Racing TeqFind was one of the teams showing itself prominent at the front of the peloton. After a few acclerations in the hilly part of the final a group of 25 riders was formed with several Liv Racing TeqFind in this group. At the last hill of the day the front group got even smaller. Thalita de Jong and Katia Ragusa were some of the riders that were forced to chase the first group.

Silke Smulders was still there in the first group in the final kilometres of the race. She made a very good impression and seemed on her way to a good result till a crash changed the scenario. Smulders crashed hard on her face, but still managed to reach the finish. “It was a really hard crash. My helmet saved me today as it took the most impact of the crash. I have a big bump on my head and two cuts above my mouth have been stitched. It is a real shame, because I was feeling really strong today and could have gone for a good result. We will see how I will get through the night and then we will decide if I will take the start tomorrow”, Smulders told the race.