It was a day of firsts as 19 year old, Aafke Soet took her maiden UCI victory on the final stage at the UCI 2.1 stage race, Healthy Ageing Tour in the Netherlands. Soet also took our first win of the season using the ROTOR UNO hydraulic group set and disc brakes, in a sensational solo victory in her home country.
Soet bridged across to the 9 rider breakaway with 35km to go. Having found her self amongst some top class sprinters, Soet knew she'd have to attack if she wanted the chance of winning.
After several attacks to the breakaway in the closing kilometres and being brought back each time, Aafke attacked for the final time with 4km remaining with a now or never approach.
After her victory Aafke said: "I still can’t really believe it."
“The Healthy Ageing Tour was really hard, every stage was full gas. There was always so much wind as well as long, hard stages, my legs weren’t that great actually. I think we saw this 5 day stage race more as a good training and preparation for upcoming races as we did some great team efforts and we were very positive minded."
"I was happy with my TT coming 11th and 2nd overall in the young rider category but I wasn’t thinking about riding a top result in the road stages. But yesterday I saw the opportunity to make the jump to the breakaway. I was happy I could represent WNT-ROTOR in the front group and tried to keep up the pace as I would rather finish 10th than get nothing. There where a lot of good sprinters in the front group like Majerus and Brennauer. I tried to attack a couple of times as I knew they would not close a gap for each other and they didn’t chase me when I attacked for the third time!! I just pedalled as hard as I could and didn’t look back. The last 200m I looked over my shoulder and nobody was there. It was like a dream coming true, winning solo and crossing the finish line with my both hands up high in the air!!"
"Happiness is only real when shared; my teamies are the sweetest."
The general manager of WNT Netherlands, Tinus Zuetenhorst was there in Groningen city to witness the incredible victory, whilst our sports director, Dirk Baldinger said;
"I am absolutely delighted for Aafke, she showed true fighting spirit, and won in emphatic style. After a hard 5 days of racing in the Netherlands this is a great boost for the whole team. I am very proud."