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by Shane Stokes
April 4, 2017
Photography by Kristof Ramon
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Matthews wins Stage 1 of Vuelta al Pais Vasco; D’Hoore takes Grand Prix de Dottignies; Uncertainty over Vanmarcke’s Roubaix participation; Phinney could be back for Paris-Roubaix; No major issues for Sagan after Flanders crash, video clarifies how fall happened; Cancellara calls Sagan position on Kwaremont a mistake; Ferrari handed 18-month prison sentence, will appeal; Greipel sets sights on Scheldeprijs; Tour of the Battenkill adds UCI event for 2017; No uphill Mogollon finish for Tour of the Gila this year; Title sponsor of Wellens-managed Steylaerts-Verona team extends for two years; 2017 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen Highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Chantal Blaak
Belgium’s Jolien d’Hoore took victory on home soil on Monday, winning the Grand Prix de Dottignies in a massive bunch sprint. The Wiggle High5 rider outsprinted Australian Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini), Jelena Eric (BTC City Ljubljana), 1616, Ilaria Sanguineti (Cogeas1212) and the rest of the peloton.
D’Hoore had shown solid form in recent weeks, taking second in Gent-Wevelgem.
“After yesterday, it was good,” D’hoore said afterwards, speaking of her disappointment with her Tour of Flanders ride. “Of course you can’t compare it to yesterday – it was a smaller race today – but still, a win is a win. And I’m happy with the legs today, I felt good. Then you just know that yesterday was just a really off day.
“It still hurts a lot, but I can’t say that I’m not in good shape because I am, and I showed it again today.”
The 115.2 kilometre race comprised eight laps of a circuit and saw attacks from Henrietta Colborne (Swaboladies.nl), Sara Olsson (Jos Feron Lady Force), Empar Felix Tur (Lointek), Alison Jackson (Bepink-Cogeas), Nathalie Verschelden (Lensworld-Kuota) and Marta Cavalli (Valcar-PBM)
However nothing stuck and the final victory was decided in the bunch gallop, where d’Hoore proved best.
She said afterwards that a pep talk from teammate Giorgia Bronzini helped her turn things around. “Normally I wasn’t planning to ride this race, but after the race yesterday I had a good talk with Giorgia,” she said. “You know, she’s like my mentor, and she’s the mother of the team, and she cheered me up yesterday evening. She said that it was a good plan to race today, to forget Flanders especially.
“I listened to her advice, and thanks to her I’m feeling better now.”