The 2018 Healthy Ageing Tour was a women’s cycle stage race that was held in the Netherlands from 4 to 8 April 2018. The 2018 edition of the race was the eighth running of the Healthy Ageing Tour, being held with a UCI rating of 2.1.

The race was marked by the performance of the entire Boels–Dolmans team; aside from winning the team time trial stage, their riders Anna van der Breggen, Amy Pieters and Chantal Blaak won three others. In the overall classification, Pieters won by 22 seconds ahead of Blaak,[1] while Christine Majerus completed the podium – just ahead of van der Breggen, in a Boels–Dolmans 1–2–3–4 – a further 20 seconds in arrears.[1] The other major jerseys were won by Kirsten Wild (points for Wiggle High5), Natalie van Gogh (sprints for Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Lisa Klein (young rider for Canyon–SRAM).[1]

Teams

A total of 20 teams competed in the race,[2] including 9 UCI Women’s Teams.[3]

National teams

Regional teams

  • Drenthe
  • Midden–Jan van Arckel
  • Noord NWVG–UPLUS
  • Rijnmond–Restore
  • Swaboladies.nl
  • Zuid-West–WV West Vlaanderen

Other teams

  • Max-Solar Lindig Team
  • NCC Group–Kuota–Torelli

Route

Stage schedule[4]
Stage Date Route Distance Type Winner
1 4 April Heerenveen to Heerenveen 8 km (5.0 mi) Individual time trial  Anna van der Breggen (NED)
2 5 April Westerkwartier to Grootegast 131.3 km (81.6 mi) Flat stage  Amy Pieters (NED)
3a 6 April Oldambt to Winschoten 66.2 km (41.1 mi) Flat stage  Kirsten Wild (NED)
3b Stadskanaal to Stadskanaal 17.5 km (10.9 mi) Team Time Trial Stage.svg Team time trial Boels–Dolmans
4 7 April Hogeland to Winsum 142.9 km (88.8 mi) Flat stage  Chantal Blaak (NED)
5 8 April Groningen to Groningen 94.3 km (58.6 mi) Flat stage  Aafke Soet (NED)

Stages

Stage 1

4 April 2018 — Heerenveen to Heerenveen, 8 km (5.0 mi), individual time trial (ITT)[5][6]
Result of Stage 1 & General classification after Stage 1[7]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Anna van der Breggen (NED) Jersey yellow.svgJersey green.svg Boels–Dolmans 10′ 35″
2  Chantal Blaak (NED) Boels–Dolmans + 2″
3  Lisa Brennauer (GER) Wiggle High5 + 10″
4  Lisa Klein (GER) Jersey white.svg Canyon–SRAM + 13″
5  Kirsten Wild (NED) Wiggle High5 + 13″
6  Amy Pieters (NED) Boels–Dolmans + 15″
7  Alice Barnes (GBR) Canyon–SRAM + 20″
8  Christine Majerus (LUX) Boels–Dolmans + 25″
9  Mieke Kröger (GER) Team Virtu Cycling + 26″
10  Trixi Worrack (GER) Canyon–SRAM + 29″

Stage 2

5 April 2018 — Westerkwartier to Grootegast, 131.3 km (81.6 mi)[8][9]
Result of Stage 2[10]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Amy Pieters (NED) Boels–Dolmans 3h 22′ 01″
2  Alice Barnes (GBR) Canyon–SRAM + 0″
3  Anna van der Breggen (NED) Jersey yellow.svg Boels–Dolmans + 35″
4  Kirsten Wild (NED) Jersey red.svg Wiggle High5 + 35″
5  Chantal Blaak (NED) Boels–Dolmans + 35″
6  Lisa Klein (GER) Jersey white.svg Canyon–SRAM + 35″
7  Anouska Koster (NED) WaowDeals Pro Cycling + 35″
8  Maaike Boogaard (NED) Netherlands (national team) + 35″
9  Natalie van Gogh (NED) Parkhotel Valkenburg + 35″
10  Christine Majerus (LUX) Boels–Dolmans + 35″
General classification after Stage 2[10]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Amy Pieters (NED) Jersey yellow.svg Boels–Dolmans 3h 32′ 40″
2  Alice Barnes (GBR) Jersey red.svg Canyon–SRAM + 10″
3  Anna van der Breggen (NED) Jersey green.svg Boels–Dolmans + 25″
4  Chantal Blaak (NED) Boels–Dolmans + 30″
5  Lisa Klein (GER) Jersey white.svg Canyon–SRAM + 44″
6  Kirsten Wild (NED) Wiggle High5 + 44″
7  Lisa Brennauer (GER) Wiggle High5 + 54″
8  Christine Majerus (LUX) Boels–Dolmans + 56″
9  Trixi Worrack (GER) Canyon–SRAM + 1′ 00″
10  Anouska Koster (NED) WaowDeals Pro Cycling + 1′ 04″

Stage 3a

6 April 2018 — Oldambt to Winschoten, 66.2 km (41.1 mi)[11][12]
Result of Stage 3a[13]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Kirsten Wild (NED) Wiggle High5 1h 33′ 00″
2  Christine Majerus (LUX) Boels–Dolmans + 0″
3  Lisa Klein (GER) Jersey white.svg Canyon–SRAM + 0″
4  Lorena Wiebes (NED) Parkhotel Valkenburg + 0″
5  Susanne Andersen (NOR) Hitec Products–Birk Sport + 0″
6  Barbara Guarischi (ITA) Team Virtu Cycling + 0″
7  Riejanne Markus (NED) WaowDeals Pro Cycling + 0″
8  Anna van der Breggen (NED) Jersey green.svg Boels–Dolmans + 0″
9  Amy Pieters (NED) Jersey yellow.svg Boels–Dolmans + 0″
10  Chantal Blaak (NED) Boels–Dolmans + 0″
General classification after Stage 3a[13]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Amy Pieters (NED) Jersey yellow.svg Boels–Dolmans 5h 05′ 38″
2  Anna van der Breggen (NED) Boels–Dolmans + 27″
3  Chantal Blaak (NED) Boels–Dolmans + 32″
4  Kirsten Wild (NED) Jersey green.svg Wiggle High5 + 40″
5  Lisa Klein (GER) Jersey white.svg Canyon–SRAM + 44″
6  Christine Majerus (LUX) Boels–Dolmans + 54″
7  Lisa Brennauer (GER) Wiggle High5 + 55″
8  Trixi Worrack (GER) Canyon–SRAM + 1′ 02″
9  Anouska Koster (NED) WaowDeals Pro Cycling + 1′ 06″
10  Natalie van Gogh (NED) Parkhotel Valkenburg + 1′ 07″

Stage 3b

6 April 2018 — Stadskanaal to Stadskanaal, 17.5 km (10.9 mi), team time trial (TTT)[14][15]
Result of Stage 3b[16]
Rank Team Time
1 Boels–Dolmans 21′ 54″
2 Team Virtu Cycling + 52″
3 Canyon–SRAM + 1′ 01″
4 Wiggle High5 + 1′ 02″
5 Parkhotel Valkenburg + 1′ 05″
6 WaowDeals Pro Cycling + 1′ 07″
7 Netherlands (national team) + 1′ 12″
8 Hitec Products–Birk Sport + 1′ 49″
9 Swaboladies.nl + 2′ 09″
10 Denmark (national team) + 2′ 19″
General classification after Stage 3b[16]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Amy Pieters (NED) Jersey yellow.svg Boels–Dolmans 5h 27′ 32″
2  Anna van der Breggen (NED) Boels–Dolmans + 27″
3  Chantal Blaak (NED) Boels–Dolmans + 32″
4  Christine Majerus (LUX) Boels–Dolmans + 54″
5  Kirsten Wild (NED) Jersey green.svg Wiggle High5 + 1′ 42″
6  Lisa Klein (GER) Jersey white.svg Canyon–SRAM + 1′ 45″
7  Lisa Brennauer (GER) Wiggle High5 + 1′ 57″
8  Trixi Worrack (GER) Canyon–SRAM + 2′ 03″
9  Alice Barnes (GBR) Canyon–SRAM + 2′ 09″
10  Natalie van Gogh (NED) Parkhotel Valkenburg + 2′ 12″

Stage 4

7 April 2018 — Hogeland to Winsum, 142.9 km (88.8 mi)[17][18]
Result of Stage 4[19]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Chantal Blaak (NED) Boels–Dolmans 3h 28′ 11″
2  Kirsten Wild (NED) Jersey green.svg Wiggle High5 + 0″
3  Monique van de Ree (NED) WaowDeals Pro Cycling + 0″
4  Amy Pieters (NED) Jersey yellow.svg Boels–Dolmans + 0″
5  Mieke Kröger (GER) Jersey red.svg Team Virtu Cycling + 8″
6  Anna van der Breggen (NED) Boels–Dolmans + 15″
7  Christine Majerus (LUX) Boels–Dolmans + 16″
8  Barbara Guarischi (ITA) Team Virtu Cycling + 16″
9  Lisa Klein (GER) Jersey white.svg Canyon–SRAM + 16″
10  Riejanne Markus (NED) WaowDeals Pro Cycling + 23″
General classification after Stage 4[19]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Amy Pieters (NED) Jersey yellow.svg Boels–Dolmans 8h 55′ 43″
2  Chantal Blaak (NED) Boels–Dolmans + 22″
3  Anna van der Breggen (NED) Boels–Dolmans + 42″
4  Christine Majerus (LUX) Boels–Dolmans + 1′ 10″
5  Kirsten Wild (NED) Jersey green.svg Wiggle High5 + 1′ 36″
6  Lisa Klein (GER) Jersey white.svg Canyon–SRAM + 2′ 01″
7  Trixi Worrack (GER) Canyon–SRAM + 2′ 35″
8  Natalie van Gogh (NED) Jersey orange.svg Parkhotel Valkenburg + 2′ 48″
9  Riejanne Markus (NED) WaowDeals Pro Cycling + 3′ 13″
10  Lisa Brennauer (GER) Wiggle High5 + 5′ 08″

Stage 5

8 April 2018 — Groningen to Groningen, 94.3 km (58.6 mi)[20][21]
Result of Stage 5[1]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Aafke Soet (NED) WNT–Rotor Pro Cycling 2h 23′ 58″
2  Mieke Kröger (GER) Team Virtu Cycling + 7″
3  Christine Majerus (LUX) Boels–Dolmans + 7″
4  Jeanne Korevaar (NED) WaowDeals Pro Cycling + 7″
5  Lisa Brennauer (GER) Wiggle High5 + 7″
6  Natalie van Gogh (NED) Jersey orange.svg Parkhotel Valkenburg + 10″
7  Trixi Worrack (GER) Canyon–SRAM + 11″
8  Tatiana Guderzo (ITA) Hitec Products–Birk Sport + 11″
9  Winanda Spoor (NED) Midden–Jan van Arckel + 11″
10  Karlijn Swinkels (NED) Netherlands (national team) + 20″
Final general classification[1]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Amy Pieters (NED) Jersey yellow.svg Boels–Dolmans 11h 20′ 09″
2  Chantal Blaak (NED) Boels–Dolmans + 22″
3  Christine Majerus (LUX) Boels–Dolmans + 42″
4  Anna van der Breggen (NED) Boels–Dolmans + 42″
5  Kirsten Wild (NED) Jersey green.svg Wiggle High5 + 1′ 36″
6  Lisa Klein (GER) Jersey white.svg Canyon–SRAM + 2′ 01″
7  Trixi Worrack (GER) Canyon–SRAM + 2′ 18″
8  Natalie van Gogh (NED) Jersey orange.svg Parkhotel Valkenburg + 2′ 30″
9  Riejanne Markus (NED) WaowDeals Pro Cycling + 3′ 13″
10  Lisa Brennauer (GER) Wiggle High5 + 4′ 44″

Classification leadership table

In the 2018 Healthy Ageing Tour, six different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist’s finishing times on each stage, and allowing time bonuses for the first three finishers at intermediate sprints and at the finish of mass-start stages, the leader received a yellow jersey.[22] This classification was considered the most important of the 2018 Healthy Ageing Tour, and the winner of the classification was considered the winner of the race.

Additionally, there was a points classification, which awarded a green jersey.[22] In the points classification, cyclists received points for finishing in the top 15 in a stage. For winning a stage, a rider earned 25 points, with 20 for second, 16 for third, 14 for fourth, 12 for fifth, 10 for sixth with a point fewer per place down to a single point for 15th place.[22] The third classification was the sprints classification, the leader of which was awarded an orange jersey.[22] In the sprints classification, riders received points for finishing in the top three at intermediate sprint points during each stage.[22]

The fourth jersey represented the young rider classification, marked by a white jersey.[22] This was decided in the same way as the general classification, but only riders born after 1 January 1996 were eligible to be ranked in the classification.[22] Other jerseys were awarded to the best club rider amongst the amateur riders (blue),[22] and for the most courageous rider showing fighting spirit (red).[22] There was also a classification for teams, in which the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added together; the leading team at the end of the race was the team with the lowest total time.[22]

Stage Winner General classification
Jersey yellow.svg
Points classification
Jersey green.svg
Sprints classification
Jersey orange.svg
Young rider classification
Jersey white.svg
Combativity classification
Jersey red.svg
Club rider classification
Jersey blue.svg
Team classification
1[23] Anna van der Breggen Anna van der Breggen Anna van der Breggen Not awarded[a] Lisa Klein Kirsten Wild Amber van der Hulst Boels–Dolmans
2[24] Amy Pieters Amy Pieters Natalie van Gogh Alice Barnes Loes Adegeest
3a[25] Kirsten Wild Kirsten Wild Danique Braam Mieke Kröger
3b[26] Boels–Dolmans
4[27] Chantal Blaak Natalie van Gogh Emilie Moberg
5[28] Aafke Soet Winanda Spoor Femke Markus
Final[28] Amy Pieters Kirsten Wild Natalie van Gogh Lisa Klein No final award Femke Markus Boels–Dolmans

Notes

Sources