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The Women’s WorldTour will come to a close on October 23 with the season’s finale taking place at Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands.

Her Movistar squad, along with FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, have withdrawn from the event as both teams have cited a shortage of riders following a series of injuries in recent weeks.

The event was cancelled last year due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19. Although it is traditionally part of the one-day races held in March, organisers requested a later date in October for the 2021 edition.

It has been a long season and while some riders might be feeling fatigued at this point of the year and looking forward to the off-season, others are still motivated and prepared for one last battle for victory.

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) is currently leading the Women’s WorldTour series but she will not be on the start line because she is recovering from injuries sustained in a crash at Paris-Roubaix Femmes.

After what feels like an extra-long season the Women’s WorldTour will finally wrap up at Ronde van Drenthe this Saturday, October 23. The biggest races are behind us and some of the peloton has called it quits on the 2021 season. In fact, Movistar and FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope have already withdrawn from the race, but the startlist for this iconic Dutch Classic is still stacked with big names.

First introduced in 2007 the Ronde van Drenthe is one of the most brutal early season races. The 2020 edition was one of those that fell victim to the global pandemic and the 2021 race nearly met the same fate but instead of cancelling it, race organizers opted for a late fall weekend instead.

The list of former winners of the Ronde van Drenthe falls heavy on the sprinter side with names like Amalie Dideriksen, Amy Pieters, Jolien D’Hoore, and Marianne Vos. But the race has also come down to a small selection, like in 2014 when Lizzie Deignan narrowly beat Anna van der Breggen to take the victory. The most recent Ronde van Drenthe, in 2019, was won by Marta Bastianelli in a three-way sprint against Chantal van den Broek-Blaak and Ellen van Dijik.

This edition is a little up in the air. With many the riders ready to hit their off-season and some still hunting a result, there’s no telling what type of race action we will see.

The terrain in the northern part of the Netherlands is as flat as can be but the Ronde van Drenthe still found some minor elevation as an added test for the riders. The “hill” in question is the dreaded VAM-Berg, a man-made construction that featured in the Dutch national championships the last two years.

The peloton will cover 140 km with a smattering of cobbles along the way from Assen to Hoogeveen. They will take on the VAM-Berg four times before the 15 km run-in to the finish.

Luckily for the riders, it looks like Saturday is going to be dry. The weather prediction is around 13 ºC with only 12 km/h winds and a 15% chance of precipitation. All in all, it could be the nicest weather Ronde van Drenthe has ever seen.

Given the course, previous editions, and the current time of year, we are looking at either a sprinter or a gutsy go-getter winning on Saturday.

As noted, Movistar and FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope have already announced they won’t be able to make it up north – due to injuries within the team and lack of numbers. Liv Racing is only able to field four riders while Alé BTC Ljubljana, Canyon-SRAM, and Team BikeExchange will only start with five instead of the usual six.

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