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by Matt de Neef
March 12, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Soler wins chaotic Paris-Nice as De la Cruz takes final-stage victory; Yates wins Stage 5 at Tirreno-Adriatico, Kwiatkowski moves into race lead; Amy Pieters wins the Ronde van Drenthe; Hayato Okamoto takes Tour de Taiwan lead after stage 1; Nino Schurter’s XCO World Cup streak comes to an end; Langvad on top after Ferrand-Prevot’s mechanical in South Africa; Tom Dumoulin forced out of Tirreno-Adriatico; Doctor who claimed to have supplied drugs to 150 elite sportspeople is struck off; Obree returns to the windtunnel: How fast were his classic TT positions?; Behind the wheel of the Astana team bus.
Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) has won the second Women’s WorldTour race of the season, the Ronde van Drenthe.
On a day defined by rain, crosswinds, and crashes, and with the final kilometres re-routed to avoid two cobblestone sectors, it was a thinned-out peloton that arrived in Hoogeveen for the final sprint. A crash in the final kilometres caused chaos, but Pieters made it through the carnage, opened up her sprint and took her first win for the year. Alexis Ryan (Canyon-SRAM) was second while Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini) was third.
“The final kilometers were chaotic,” said Pieters. “There was a crash in the last kilometre, just behind me. It was something I knew was going to happen, because it was very hectic and sprinters don’t use their brakes in the final. It was unavoidable.
“I had to open my sprint early after that. I had to go from the last corner. I saw Alexis Ryan coming, but could accelerate again and kept on going. We rode great as a team today.”
Earlier in the race a two-rider breakaway was caught after they were misled by a police motorbike. The field was thinned down by several cobblestone sectors and four ascents of the VAMberg but despite this, and despite a flurry of attacks in the closing kilometres, it was a reduced peloton that reached the finish.