In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Johansson makes it two wins at Euskal Emakumeen Bira; Betancur wins Vuelta a Castilla y León opener; Preview: What you should know before watching the 2016 Amstel Gold Race; Valverde skipping Amstel Gold for Giro prep; Five conclusions after five Women’s WorldTour races; Sagan’s success illustrated in striking detail; Viviani recovering from Paris-Roubaix crash; Video: Live streaming coverage of the USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships; Cavendish and Wiggins back on track; Discovering new rides: Mt Hotham the hard way; Video: Tour de France security; Video: 7 Eleven Cycling Team at the 1986 Tour de France; Video: Behind the scenes highlights of the 1987 Tour de France; Video: Female Pioneers in the Tour de France During the 1980s; New Zealand hotel bans lycra due to ‘bulges’
Daily News Digest
As we’re heading towards the sixth round in the Women’s WorldTour next week at the Fleche Wallone, it’s time to reflect a little bit on the first five races of this new women’s cycling event.
Looking back at the start of the inaugural Women’s WorldTour, five conclusions can be drawn.
1. UNRIVALLED THUS FAR, BOELS-DOLMANS IS THE TEAM TO BEAT
Although Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) performed well in the World Cups in both 2014 and 2015, securing the overall World Cup twice in a row, the dominance of Boels-Dolmans this season is probably only rivalled by Marianne Vos’ (Rabo-Liv) domination until the 2015 season.
All wins in the inaugural Women’s WorldTour have gone to only two Boels-Dolmans riders: Armitstead won the Strade Bianche, the Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Tour of Flanders, while Chantal Blaak crossed the line first in the Ronde van Drenthe andGent-Wevelgem (plus finishing third in Flanders alongside her teammate).
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Today’s feature image shows Tony Gallopin during the 56th Brabantse Pijl. (Cor Vos)