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by Matt de Neef
March 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Arnaud Demare triumphs on stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Michal Kwiatkowski solos to victory in men’s Strade Bianche; Elisa Longo Borghini claims thrilling women’s Strade Bianche; Jos Van Emden wins Dwaars door West-Vlaanderen; Adam Yates wins the GP Industria & Artigianato; Yohann Gene wraps up overall victory at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo; Romain Bardet kicked out of Paris-Nice for illegal teamcar assistance; Richie Porte loses time on opening stage of Paris-Nice; Doctors rebelled over drug for Wiggins; Dave Brailsford among Team Sky staff treated with triamcinolone; Danny MacAskill and Hans Rey freeriding in Northwest Arkansas.
In the women’s Strade Bianche, the first race of the 2017 Women’s WorldTour, it was local favourite Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) that took the win, despite an early crash in the Italian one-day event.
More than halfway through the race, Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb), Lauren Stephens (Team Tibco-SVB) and Lara Vieceli (Astana Women’s Team) got into the break of the day, but it took until the last 20 kilometres of the race for it to really break open. Five favourites escaped the peloton at this point: Orica-Scott’s Annemiek Van Vleuten and Australian champion Katrin Garfoot, Lizzie Deignan and Kasia Niewiadoma (Boels-Dolmans) and Longo Borghini. Shara Gillow (FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine- Futuroscope) and Lucinda Brand (Sunweb) bridged across to the front group with just a few kilometres remaining, before attacking over the top.
The pair entered Siena together but three of the five former leaders returned to the front with just 500m to go, before Longo Borghini and Niewiadoma fought it out to the line. Longo Borghini took the win, with Niewiadoma second and last year’s winner, Deignan, in third.
“The team just rode amazingly, and this victory is for my team, because today the girls and the staff worked so well,” Longo Borghini said. “For me this is such a prestigious victory, and I think I will remember this for all my life!”
The 2017 Women’s WorldTour continues on Saturday with the Ronde van Drenthe.
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