Amanda Jamieson is enjoying a building of momentum in Europe at the moment as she continues to develop with a strong performance at the SPAR Flanders Diamond Tour. Jamieson placed 15th in a big bunch sprint after previously finishing 10th in the SwissEver GP just a couple of weeks ago. We caught up with the Maaslandster International Women’s Cycling Team rider after her latest result.
The result alone is a strong one for Amanda Jamieson, taking 15th in a UCI 1.1 stage race out of a big bunch gallop in Belgium, with nearly 138km of racing in the legs, it was certainly a strong day out; but there was plenty more beyond the result that the 21 year old was able to look back on happily. “I am really happy with how today’s race panned out!” Jamieson told RoadCycling. “I felt super strong throughout the whole race and found myself covering, going with and even trying to make moves happen.”
Heading into the Flanders Diamond Tour Jamieson’s form was climbing not a moment too soon. It had not been an easy start for Amanda, who was unable to launch a challenge for her U23 national road race crown in Napier at the beginning of the year. “My season is definitely building. 2018 got off to a bad start as I was dealing with a knee injury and had only just overcome a prolonged back one,” Amanda explained. “Because of this I was extremely disappointed to not be able to contest/regain my U23 Elite National Road Race title back in January.
“This setback gave me a lot of motivation and I was determined more than ever to smash out the European scene. At the moment I feel as though I’m the strongest I’ve been in a long time. I’m achieving a lot of my personal goals and racing very aggressively which is the best way to get noticed.
The SPAR Flanders Diamond Tour had fast finish written all over it from one look at the course. The flat circuits were made up of a 22km loop that contained cobbled sectors before a shorter 14.5km loop to be tackled 8 times in all. Heading into the race were Jamieson, Bronwyn Macgregor and Ione Johnson, but for Jamieson and Macgregor their focus was on supporting Femke Geeris. “Since this race was part of the Lotto Cup Series myself and my team had the job of leading out and protecting teammate Femke Geeris, who is currently sitting second in the Sprint Jersey Classification. We were successful in helping her gain some more points and she is now still sitting second not far behind first place!” Amanda said.
Crashes played an important part in shaping the race with more than 30 riders forced to abandon over the course of the day. Thankfully for Jamieson, however, she found herself able to keep pace at the head of the race; where good positioning paid dividends.
“There were a couple of big crashes in the race, one taking out what seemed like half the peloton. Luckily for myself I walked out of the first one and was up the front out of trouble when the rest occurred. Some of my team mates weren’t so lucky.”
Although the finish didn’t see her able to launch the kick that Jamieson would have liked, the result was a promising one and the former national U23 champion finds herself taking to these kind of finishes rather well! “As expected the end came down to a bunch sprint, and it was absolutely crazy! Can’t say I properly got to sprint, it was more about staying upright and dodging riders left right and centre. Huge amounts of confidence and good bike handling skills are needed in these types of finishes, it’s something I am starting to love more and more!”
Janine van der Meer of Health Mate – Cyclelive Team took the win ahead of teammate Kathrin Schweinberger and Chiara Consonni of Valcar PBM.
|Rank||Last Name||First Name||Country||Team||Result|
|1||VAN DER MEER||Janine||NED||HEALTH MATE – CYCLELIVE TEAM||03:29:26|
|2||SCHWEINBERGER||Kathrin||AUT||HEALTH MATE – CYCLELIVE TEAM||00:00:00|
|5||KOPECKY||Lotte||BEL||LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES||00:00:00|
|8||KESSLER||Nina||NED||HITEC PRODUCTS – BIRK SPORT||00:00:00|
|9||JEULAND||Pascale||FRA||DOLTCINI – VAN EYCK SPORT UCI WOMEN CYCLING||00:00:00|
|10||VAN VELZEN||Bryony||NED||DOLTCINI – VAN EYCK SPORT UCI WOMEN CYCLING||00:00:00|
|14||MUSTONEN LICHAN||Sara||SWE||EXPERZA – FOOTLOGIX||00:00:00|
|18||DRUYTS||Kelly||BEL||DOLTCINI – VAN EYCK SPORT UCI WOMEN CYCLING||00:00:00|
|29||DRUYTS||Jessy||BEL||EXPERZA – FOOTLOGIX||00:00:00|
|33||VANDENBROUCKE||Saartje||BEL||DOLTCINI – VAN EYCK SPORT UCI WOMEN CYCLING||00:00:00|
|38||PATIÑO BEDOYA||Paula Andrea||COL||00:00:00|
|42||VAN GOGH||Natalie||NED||PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG||00:00:00|
|43||DEL CARMEN ALVARADO||Ceylin||NED||00:00:00|
|44||VAN ‘T GELOOF||Marjolein||NED||LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES||00:00:00|
|45||SOLVANG||Julie||NOR||HITEC PRODUCTS – BIRK SPORT||00:00:00|
|53||TURBLIN||Chloë||FRA||HEALTH MATE – CYCLELIVE TEAM||00:00:00|
|55||VAN DER LUGT||Marlies||NED||00:00:00|
|62||VAN DER VELDEN||Tessa||NED||00:00:00|
|64||MARKUS||Kelly||NED||DOLTCINI – VAN EYCK SPORT UCI WOMEN CYCLING||00:00:00|
|68||VAN DER STELT||Dominique||NED||00:00:00|
|70||DE RUITER||Anne||NED||PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG||00:00:00|
|71||VAN DEN STEEN||Kim||BEL||00:00:00|
|72||VAN WITZENBURG||Marieke||NED||HEALTH MATE – CYCLELIVE TEAM||00:00:00|
|73||LORVIK||Ingrid||NOR||HITEC PRODUCTS – BIRK SPORT||00:00:00|
|75||DOM||Annelies||BEL||LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES||00:00:00|
|76||VAN DER HULST||Amber||NED||00:00:00|
|84||UITERWIJK WINKEL||Meike||NED||PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG||00:00:00|
|85||RIJKES||Sarah||AUT||EXPERZA – FOOTLOGIX||00:00:00|
|89||DEMEY||Valerie||BEL||LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES||00:00:00|
|92||HOLMSGAARD||Trine||DEN||EXPERZA – FOOTLOGIX||00:00:00|
|96||HOFFMANN||Chantal||LUX||LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES||00:00:00|
|102||VAN VEEN||Esther||NED||PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG||00:00:00|
|105||VAN DEN WIJNGAARD||Ingrid||NED||00:00:00|
|113||VAN DEN HAUTE||Steffy||BEL||00:00:00|
|114||VAN DEN STEEN||Kelly||BEL||LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES||00:00:00|
|116||SCHWEINBERGER||Christina||AUT||HEALTH MATE – CYCLELIVE TEAM||00:00:00|
|DRUYTS||Demmy||BEL||DOLTCINI – VAN EYCK SPORT UCI WOMEN CYCLING|
|MØLLEBRO PEDERSEN||Camilla||DEN||HITEC PRODUCTS – BIRK SPORT|
|GINS||Tara||BEL||HEALTH MATE – CYCLELIVE TEAM|