"This is also a round for her. As long as I can finish on the podium, I'm satisfied," Pieterse told WielerFlits. She praises van Empel for her performance today. "Fem was a bit stronger today. I decided to start fast because I wanted to be first through the sand. That would give free seconds. After that, I tried to pull through, but I got well tired."
Sand strip turned out to be a big challenge for her which helped van Empel create a gap. "It was going well, but at one point, I left a gap. I left too big a gap just before the sand strip, so I lost some seconds, and then Fem had flown," concluded Pieterse.