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by Mark Zalewski
March 2, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gibbons wins Tour de Langkawi, McCabe takes final stage; Van Keirsbulck wins slick Le Samyn; Gutiérrez wins Le Samyn des Dames; Baxhkou finally gets a win at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo; No proof provided to support British Cycling, Team Sky accounts of Wiggins’ mystery package; Innovative Hammer Series of racing unveiled by Velon, Infront and teams; Route de France cancelled as UCI and organisers clash; Sporting goods industry group responds to disc brake controversy; Tour of Flanders wildcard teams announced; Tour of Alberta announces title partner, reduces to four days; Park Tool awards tools to nonprofit groups; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Ashleigh Moolman Pasio; Behind the scenes: Making of Road Cycling in Switzerland; Cooking with chef Peter Sagan.
Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylance) won Le Samyn des Dames in a sprint against Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans) out of the main breakaway. Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon SRAM) took third.
“I couldn’t have done anymore,” said Pieters. “Sheyla was really fast today, and now we know for next time.”
A course change was made only hours before the race with the opening lap shortened and an finish lap added to make it three.
The break occurred early with a cobbled section combined with crosswinds making the separation. Pieters, Gutierrez and Cromwell were off the front along with Romy Kasper (Alé Cipollini) and Jessie Druyts (Sport Vlaanderen – Etixx).
The group attacked itself inside the final kilometre with Pieters making a small gap and Gutierrez taking the final sprint.