Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 14, 2017

In today’s Daily News: Bardet takes win atop Peyragudes, Aru takes maillot jaune from Froome; Cromwell continues Canyon-SRAM success in Thüringen with Stage 1 victory; Edmondson first leader in BeNe Ladies Tour after winning prologue; French favoritism? Uran, Bennett docked 20 seconds on GC for illegal feed; Bardet not penalized for same offense; Dan Martin moves into fifth overall at Tour de France; 22 teams announced for Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 12 highlights.

Edmondson first leader in BeNe Ladies Tour after winning prologue

by Jeanine Laudy

The UCI2.1 BeNe Ladies Tour is just a small race on the calendar, running alongside the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour and sandwiched in between the Women’s WorldTour events the Giro Rosa and La Course. But the race gained significance this year when Marianne Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling) announced to make her comeback in the race after the collarbone break she suffered in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in June.

Vos scared everyone by crashing upon her comeback, going down while taking a corner and ‘only’ setting a time of 3:01 in the 1.9 kilometre prologue in Vlissingen, in the Dutch province of Zeeland. Fortunately no serious harm was done and Vos could laugh about the situation afterwards, claiming her enthusiasm brought her down.

Nettie Edmondson was the 35th rider to take to the start in the prologue and set a time of 2:25. The Wiggle-High5 rider remained in the hot seat until the very end and was joined on the podium by Janneke Ensing (Alé Cipollini) and Elinor Barker (British national team), who set times of 2:29 and 2:30 respectively. Edmondson arrived at the BeNe Ladies Tour after having ridden eight stages of the Giro Rosa. The planned withdrawal from the ten-day Italian race was specifically to allow the Australian to prepare for the opening prologue, which paid off.

“It was really, really good today,” Edmondson said. “I really wanted to focus on this prologue because it suits me. It’s really short and fast, and was all about power, so it was perfect for me. It was a little bit technical at the start, but then it was all about powering home for the last kilometre. It was into a headwind so I made sure I had a little bit left in the tank, and then came home as strong as I could.”

The four-day, five-stage race through Belgium and the Netherlands will continue on Friday with a 127.2 kilometre road race from Vlissingen to Philippine, Belgium.