Markus triumphs in Volta NXT Classic with strategic team play

In an exhilarating showdown at the Volta NXT Classic 2024, Femke Markus of SD Worx-Protime clinched victory, outpacing the notably sturdy Julia Kopecký in a gripping final sprint, with teammate Niamh Fisher-Black securing 3rd spot. The race, which unfolded in excess of a 119-kilometre program showcasing the difficult climbs of Savelsbosweg and Moerslag, saw the females&#8217s peloton navigate the neighborhood laps around Eijsden, Gronsveld, Sint Geertruid, and Mesch, concluding on the men&#8217s neighborhood ultimate lap.

The race&#8217s demanding terrain early on distinguished the contenders from the relaxation, with SD Worx-Protime&#8217s methods appreciably thinning the peloton. With 50 kilometres remaining, the competitors appeared narrowed down to a pick out couple. Having said that, Kopecký&#8217s attack on a person of the climbs observed only Markus equipped to preserve speed, setting the stage for a tense duel. The young Kiwi rider Niamh Fisher-Black would bridge throughout to insert the numerical gain to SD Worx versus Kopecky.

Despite Kopecký top into the final transform, Markus&#8217s toughness on the cobbled Diepstraat proved decisive, securing her win and marking her initially victory in SD Worx-Protime colours. Markus mirrored on the win, &#8220This is a extremely beautiful victory. We rode nicely as a workforce, attacking in turns&#8230 This initially acquire in the colors of SD Worx-Protime is a excellent step forward.&#8221 Kopecký, inspite of the reduction, confirmed remarkable energy all through the race, earning Markus&#8217s respect, who acknowledged Kopecký as a formidable competitor.

Definitely a in close proximity to overlook at the Volta Limburg right now

Not also significantly from the close of the race, when Julia Kopecky, Niamh Fisher-Black and Femke Markus almost had a vehicle coming at them on the course!

— Mathew Mitchell (@MatMitchell30) March 30, 2024

The race wasn&#8217t without having its drama, as a shut get in touch with with a motor vehicle coming into the course almost disrupted the primary trio&#8217s charge to the complete. Luckily, the incident was averted without the need of consequence, permitting the race to conclude as prepared.

2024 Volta Limburg Girls end result

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