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by Mark Zalewski
April 18, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gaudin wins out of two-rider break at Tro Bro Leon; Scarponi nets Astana first win of season at Tour of the Alps; Gilbert outsprints Kwiatkowski to win his fourth Amstel Gold Race; Anna van der Breggen powers to a solo victory at women’s Amstel Gold Race return; Walkout: Illuminate women leave over dispute with manager; Gilbert out for rest of Classics with kidney injury; Rivera retains Women’s WorldTour lead after Amstel Gold Race; Amstel Gold Race defending champ Gasparotto crashes out, but escapes serious injury; Pieter Weening expected to return for Liège; Cookson says he did nothing to be ‘ashamed of or concerned about’ while head of British Cycling; Apeldoorn to host 2018 UCI Track World Championships; 2017 UCI Track World Championships – Day 4 highlights; Video: Paris-Roubaix with Fast Forward Wheels.
Joining an exclusive winner list of Debby Mansveld, Leontien van Moorsel and Nicole Cooke, Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) crowned herself the winner of the inaugural Women’s WorldTour Amstel Gold Race today after an impressive solo.
The anticipation in the peloton of this first women’s Amstel Gold Race in 14 years was high and made for a fast, hard and open race.
With too many favourites vying for the win until the final lap, it was Van der Breggen who made the race winning move in the lead-up to the final ascent of the Cauberg.
She went early but hard, gapping the chasers and reaching the finish a full 55 seconds ahead of the next rider Lizzie Deignan (Boels-Dolmans).
The tightest of sprints for third played out just behind Deignan, resulting in not one but two third place finishers, Kasia Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling) and Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott).