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by Matt de Neef
May 29, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Tom Dumoulin wins the 100th Giro d’Italia; Jens Keukeleire wins the Baloise Belgium Tour; Edvald Boasson Hagen wins Tour des Fjords; Marianne Vos wins Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik for a third time; Oscar Pujol wins the Tour of Japan, Nathan Earle second; Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio goes back-to-back with French double; Quintana believes late sickness cost him the Giro; Stijn Vandenbergh released from hospital, two weeks after crash; Transcontinental Race to continue in 2017; Davide Cimolai hit by a car in training; Vulpine saved from administration by Mango Bikes; Giuseppe Fonzi’s Giro nod to Happy Days; Behind the scenes of Tom Dumoulin’s Giro win.
A week after her stellar performance at the Emakumeen XXX Bira, where she won both the final stage and the overall, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo-Bigla) has continued her dominant form with a double win in France.
On Friday, at La Classique Morbihan, Moolman-Pasio got off the front in a select group the final time over the Plumelec climb. She crossed the line first and was joined by her teammate Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig on the podium in third, behind Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-SRAM) in second.
“Coming into the final, Cille and I were in the final group and the last time up the climb I tried to be patient and find the right timing,” Moolman-Pasio said. “Alena Amialiusik opened up with 300m to go and I came over her, put my head down and went for the line. I’m really happy to take the win and great for Cille to be on the podium in third place.”
A day later, Moolman-Pasio won the sprint from a strung-out peloton in the Grand-Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan Dames.
It is obvious that Moolman-Pasio is fully recovered from a hip fracture she suffered in a crash during the Chrono des Nations time trial in October last year. “I couldn’t be in a better mind space right now”, she said. “It was a tough start to the year with the injury and it just took maturity and patience to be realistic about the comeback.”