Vuelta stage 15, Boels Ladies Tour, Tour of Britain: Your Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

September 4, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Lopez doubles up at the Vuelta a España, Froome extends lead; Annemiek van Vleuten wins the Boels Rental Ladies Tour; Caleb Ewan claims stage 1 of the Tour of Britain; Bouhanni victorious at the GP de Fourmies; Arnaud Demare takes out the Brussels Cycling Classic; Evan Huffman leads the Tour of Alberta after three stages; Carol Cooke takes two gold medals at Para-cycling World Championships; Race to the Rock gets underway, but its chief instigator doesn’t; Doubts raised over effectiveness of UCI mechanical fraud tests.

Annemiek van Vleuten wins the Boels Rental Ladies Tour

by Jeanine Laudy

The final weekend of the Boels Ladies Tour was something of a Dutch party with two Dutch stage winners and a Dutch sweep of the overall podium. In the two long and undulating road stages in the southern province of Limburg, Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) didn’t have any problem defending the orange leader’s jersey she’d taken by winning the prologue.

There were once again a lot of attacks in stage 5, but only on the local laps at the end of the stage did the race-winning move occur. Women’s WorldTour leader Anna Van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans), fourth in the GC at that moment, attacked and was swiftly joined by GC leader Van Vleuten. Van der Breggen won the stage in a two-up sprint and jumped up to second in the GC, at 43 seconds from Van Vleuten.

Stage 5: Stramproy > Vaals - Stage Result

Saturday 2nd September 2017

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In the last stage, a break was finally able to get away from the peloton. The 11-rider move that formed very early in the stage included Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans), Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb), Alexis Ryan (Canyon-SRAM) and Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini).

An attack by Van der Breggen in the peloton caused a split, with a group of 25 riders in the first peloton. Out of that group, Janneke Ensing (Ale Cipollini) and Kasia Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling) escaped and bridged towards the leaders. The lead group splintered in the final 30km, with first Niewiadoma off the front solo and eventually, Ensing leading the race.

The Dutchwoman representing the yellow-fluo team was able to retain her lead until the finish line and finally took a long-awaited Women’s WorldTour win. Van Vleuten safely crossed the line in the first peloton to secure the leader’s jersey. Van der Breggen was second and Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb) was third.

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Sunday 3rd September 2017

No results available.