Despite a crash last week that kept Olds from feeling 100%, the American powerhouse sprinter was able to finish 6th in one of the toughest European Classics. Shelley Olds was joined by teammates Valentina Scandolara, Sheyla Gutierrez, Alison Tetrick, Rachele Barbieri and Doris Schweizer for Saturday’s Ronde van Drenthe, held in Holland.
“We had some bad luck, losing two very important riders early in the race,” Olds says. “In the final, I was alone in a big pelotón and I tried to do my best in the bunch sprint. But the race was up the road in a group of four riders with every big team represented. I am still recovering from a big crash 10 days ago and I have a lot of discomfort on the bike.”
Ronde van Drenthe, the second Women’s WorldTour event of 2016, saw a 138.3km winding, hilly trek through Hoogeveen, Netherlands with the infamous man-made VAM-berg climb that has served as a launching pad for winning attacks.