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by Neal Rogers
July 15, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: A Frenchman on Bastille Day: Barguil fights his way to Stage 13 victory at Tour de France; Albrecht takes Stage 2 victory from breakaway at Thüringen; Barnes outsprints Vos to assume lead in BeNe Ladies Tour; UCI race jury reverses 20-second penalties on Uran, Bennett at Tour de France; Fuglsang abandons Tour de France two days after fracturing wrist, elbow; Sagan to return to Tour de Pologne for first time since winning overall in 2011; American teenage phenom Adrien Costa taking leave of absence from pro cycling; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 13 highlights; Video: Inside team meetings at the Tour de France.
Over 10km kilometres of cobbles awaited the riders in BeNe Ladies Tour Stage 1 on Friday, with a start in Vlissingen, Netherlands, and a finish in Philippine, Belgium. GC leader Nettie Edmondson (Wiggle-High5) started the stage with a four-second lead on Janneke Ensing (Alé Cipollni) and five seconds on a quintet of riders.
Marianne Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling), who crashed during the prologue Thursday, was eager to set the record straight and make it an aggressive race. She was part of an eight-rider breakaway early, but they were caught back after 70 kilometres.
On the seventh cobble sector, Vos was off the front again, joined by Alice Barnes (British National team), Valerie Demey and Kelly Druyts (Sport Vlaanderen-Guille d’Or), Monique van de Ree (Lares-Waowdeals) and Alba Teruel (Lointek). GC leader Edmondson missed the break, so Wiggle-High5 chased. However, Barnes and Vos, the fastest women in the breakaway, kept the pace high, and the advantage never came under 25 seconds.
One by one, Barnes and Vos dropped their breakaway companions, and they continued as a duo in the final 30 kilometres. With the finish line in sight, the younger Barnes sister started her sprint and was able to hold off Vos for the stage win. Finishing 55 seconds ahead of the bunch, Barnes also moved into the overall lead, as well as taking the lead in the points and youth classifications.
The BeNe Ladies Tour continues with a double day tomorrow, a 98.3 kilometre road race in the morning followed by a 10.1 kilometre individual time trial in the afternoon.