Shinozuka upsets CadoMotus Ladies & Guyader wins in Domburg, NL
Nachi Shinozuka (JAP) at the line, having grabbed herself a break on the bunch sprint.
Domburg (Zeeland, Netherlands) was the setting for a new race on the Netherlands World on Wheels calendar on a cold Saturday night that has followed 2 weeks of warm spring weather in Holland. The course defied its 'online video' appearance of being smooth with long straights, and presented itself live as both narrow and technical (complete with almost hairpin turns) and with a 150-metre section of cobblestones (fairly typical Dutch and European fare) to keep racers from settling in.
The CadoMotus World ladies team finished with Angeline Thomas (AUS) on the podium after a sling on the final turn by the eventual winner disrupted the pending field sprint that would decide the race.
Into the final corner, 500m from the finish, the front-end of the group was 2 ladies from TimeOut Sport, closely followed by Thomas and Hilde Goovaerts. But it was Nachi Shinozuka (JAP) who grabbed another skater from behind in the last turn, flinging herself past the lead girls to sprint ahead of the field for the line. Thomas jumped from the front to give chase in the sprint, closing on Shinozuka, but the line arrived too soon with the Domburg line-honors going to the Japanese.
Domburg World on Wheels 21.6km (NL): Ladies A
1. Nachi Shinozuka (JPN) Timmerman-Powerslide (42m24s38)
2. Angeline Thomas (AUS) CadoMotus World
3. Britta Vantournhout (BEL) Bont/Gul watches
4. Anniek ter Haar (NED) Reeleezee/Time Out Sport
5. Linda Schellekens (FRA) Decathlon Roller
6 Hilde Goovaerts (BEL) CadoMotus World