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by Matt de Neef
April 9, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan wins Paris-Roubaix after long-range attack; Michael Goolaerts dies after Paris-Roubaix heart attack; Amy Pieters wins the Healthy Ageing Tour; Primoz Roglic wins the Itzulia Basque Country, Enric Mas claims final stage; James Whelan wins the U23 Tour of Flanders; Australia tops Commonwealth Games track cycling medal tally; Matteo Trentin suffers spinal fracture at Roubaix; Lawson Craddock crashes into a car; Bill Chaffey takes Commonwealth Games paratriathlon bronze despite handcycle crash; The hands of a Paris-Roubaix cyclist; Sagan the mobile mechanic.
Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) has taken the first stage race victory of her career, the Dutchwoman emerging victorious at the Healthy Ageing Tour on home soil on Sunday.
Pieters and her teammates took out the top four places on the general classfication — Pieters, world champion Chantal Blaak, Christine Majerus and Anna van der Breggen — plus four of the six stages and the teams classification.
Pieters moved into the overall lead with victory from a two-rider breakaway on stage 2. She was able to maintain that lead through to the end as Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5) sprinted to victory on stage 3, Boels-Dolmans won the team time trial, Blaak won stage 5 from a small group, and Aafke Soet (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling) took out the final stage solo.
“This is a victory I’m very proud of,” said Pieters. “It’s my first stage race win, but all through spring I have performed well and got results I had hoped for for years. This year it all works out. It’s very nice that we can finish it off here in Groningen. It’s been a very nice week.
“I was already very satisfied with my season thus far, but you can only win such a hard race with a great team behind you. So I’m really happy that it worked out. I owe a lot to my teammates. We have had a good week with the whole team.”