|Stage 1 - click to enlarge|
(image credit: Energiwacht Tour)
For 2012, the women's Energiewacht Tour has grown to five days - a promising sign in these times when so many races are disappearing for lack of sponsorship or, worse, interest. There's not much in the way of hills in this part of the world (in fact, at a few points along the way the riders will be below sea level), which makes some people think it won't be an interesting race; however, that couldn't be further from the truth - flat stages such as these promote breakaways and attacks, leading to a fast and furious sort of race.
(image credit: Rob Nelson CC BY-SA 2.0)
1. Kristin Armstrong USA 19'42"
2. Clara Hughes Specialized-Lululemon +10"
3. Marianne Vos Rabobank +13"
4. Ina Yoko Teutenberg Specialized-Lululemon +45"
5. Ellen Van Dijk Specialized-Lululemon ST
6. Judith Arndt GreenEDGE ST
Full results (when available) here. There's an up-to-date start list here and the route details are here. @Ewachttour have a selection of photographs of the race and its surroundings here.
Local TV RTL7 is broadcasting a short highlights show daily, today's being at 16:45 BST (+1 hour for local time/CEST). Follow @ewachttour for regular updates.