Manly was over the moon with her victory. “It’s a bit surreal, to be honest, I’ve been trying to do this all year but kept making mistakes, and today it wasn’t the plan to do what I did, but the opportunity was there, so I couldn’t not take it,” said Manly.
Her plan did not involve attacking, but the rider said she got instinct and just followed it. “I am really glad to pull it off because the girls have been working really hard for me for a long time now. The final was all just racing on instinct, it wasn’t really a part of the plan. The race was breaking up, and I was feeling good, so when you feel good, you have to go,” said Manly.
She concluded with, “I think I am just really lucky that the group split, and we had a few more riders come across to us, as when we were just two riders, I didn’t think we were going to make it, so it is just really good to win today.” She currently holds the second position in GC, 20 seconds behind overall leader Marianne Vos.