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by Matt de Neef
March 5, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Arnaud Demare takes stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Tiesj Benoot solos to Strade Bianche win; Anna van der Breggen takes solo win at Strade Bianche; Matej Mohoric wins GP Industria & Artigianato; Remi Cavagna leads QuickStep Floors 1-2 at Dwars door West-Vlaanderen; Chloe Dygert smashes individual pursuit world record and takes rainbows; Richie Porte to miss Tirreno-Adriatico due to illness; Tejay Van Garderen out of Paris-Nice after team-car collision; Lucy Kennedy impresses in first European classic; UCI official suffers serious head injury at Track World Championships; Wout van Aert’s double-leg cramp.
Earlier in the day, in the first Women’s WorldTour event of the season, Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) rode to a similarly classy victory in the women’s Strade Bianche.
A threatening breakaway was caught 20km from the finish, prompting Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) and van der Breggen to attack. Van der Breggen then went on her own just inside 18km to go and was able to hold on to win her first race of the year.
Behind her, Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) finished second for the third year running and Longo Borghini was third.
“It was so hard today!,” Van der Breggen said. “We knew it was going to be hard, so we tried to stay as warm as possible. We kept on our jackets as long as we could and tried to eat and drink enough. That’s so much harder in circumstances like these, when you have so much clothes on and your hands are frozen.
“The climbs in the final were all very steep and the gravel had turned into clay, which made the ascents so hard,” said Van der Breggen. “I wish Elisa and me would have been together longer, so that you can recover a bit more, but that was not the case. I had chosen to attack, so I knew I had to finish it off.”