Armee best at Vuelta, Boom in Britain, d’Hoore triumphs: Your Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 8, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Armee wins stage 18 of Vuelta a España, Froome pads lead; Boom blasts to stage 5 TT win at Tour of Britain; D’Hoore back in gold after stage 2 Lotto Belgium Tour win; Sponsor found for Cannondale-Drapac?; Brammeier: Cycling teams should sign up to a code of practice regarding concussions; Ben King speaks out about teenage eating disorder; Crowdfunding campaign launched for a new cleat-based powermeter; Video: Lotto Belgium Tour Stage 2 Highlights; Video: Rás na mBan stage one highlights; Video: Rás na mBan stage two highlights; Video: Red Hook Crit Barcelona 2017

D’Hoore back in gold after stage 2 Lotto Belgium Tour win

by Aliya Traficante, Ella Intern

Stage 2 of the Lotto Belgium Tour was yet again a head-to-head battle between Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle High 5) and Marianne Vos (WM3). The two have been swapping the leader’s jersey since the prologue and this time, and every stage has been a two-up fight since. On the third day, it was D’hoore who outsprinted Vos, taking back the gold leader’s jersey in the process.

With only a three second difference, the battle is far from over and the duo will fight for every second in Friday’s finale.

Thursday’s stage was another action-filled affair until a break went clear with 70 kilometres to go. The four-person break of Barbara Guarischi (Canyon/SRAM), Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal Ladies), Vita Heine (Norway) and Winanda Spoor (Lensworld Kuota) stayed away until the final kilometre when the pack, including Vos and D’Hoore reeled them in and geared for a sprint.

“Today I tried to stay calm and save as much energy as possible for tomorrow’s stage to Geraardsbergen,” said winner D’hoore. “In the finale WM3 started chasing, they obviously wanted to aim for victory with Marianne Vos. I positioned myself on the wheel of Marianne and didn’t let go anymore. It was a hectic sprint, because the break was only caught with about three hundred metres to go. At the end Marianne missed one rider in front of her to pull the sprint and that was perfect for me.”

“Tomorrow will be about surviving, it won’t be easy to take the overall victory. Rain is forecasted and that will make the race even harder. It will be necessary to ride at the front when reaching the bottom of the Muur.” In addition to the leader’s jersey, D’hoore holds the points jersey. Coryn Rivera (USA) placed third once again and retains the youth jersey. After gathering up QOM points in the break, Heine leads the climber’s competition.

Stage 2: Herselt > Herselt - Stage Result

Thursday 7th September 2017

1. be
D\'HOORE Jolien
Wiggle High5
2. nl
VOS Marianne
WM3 Energie
3. us
United States