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10. Simac Ladies Tour

The overall lead changed hands a total of three times in what was an exciting, closely-fought Simac Ladies Tour, formerly named the Holland Ladies Tour. After Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) and Alison Jackson (Liv Racing) each enjoyed a day in yellow following their respective stage wins on the opening two days, Marlen Reusser (Ale BTC Ljubljana) lay down the first real marker with a comprehensive ride in the time trial. Being one of the many riders caught out in a huge crash the following day weakened her position, however, and Chantal van den-Broeck Blaak wound up snatching victory from her when she formed part of a race-defining breakaway on stage four.

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