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by Shane Stokes

August 30, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Trentin takes his second victory of 2017 Vuelta on stage 10; Hometown hero Van Vleuten wins Boels Ladies Tour prologue; Roche gains time on GC rivals at La Vuelta; Unibet said to be company that walked away from Cannondale-Drapac sponsorship; Eight-year doping ban for Kayle LeoGrande after multiple positives; Chris Hoy apologises after likening Mamils to ‘overweight football fans’; Video: Adam Yates post-race interview, Stage 10 Vuelta a España; Video: Martyn Irvine on how to come back from a crash; Video: Abrazos. A film about Colombian cycling; Video: Sam Miranda King Valley Tour of King Valley – Day two

Hometown hero Van Vleuten wins Boels Ladies Tour prologue

by Jeanine Laudy

Hailing from the prologue location of Wageningen, Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) was psyched for the opening day of the Boels Ladies Tour. The hometown hero duly did so, setting a time of 5:47 on the 4.3-kilometre prologue. It was fast enough not to be challenged for the entire afternoon. The 2015 Ladies Tour winner Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM) started one minute behind Van Vleuten and came close, but finished ten seconds back.

As 92 riders took to the start of the Boels Ladies Tour prologue with one-minute intervals, it became clear how strong Van Vleuten’s effort had been. Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans), Mieke Kröger (Canyon-SRAM) and Ann-Sophie Duyck (Drops cycling) were all not able to beat that time, finishing 18 to 23 seconds adrift.

But the biggest danger came from the late starters. European champion Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) was the fourth-last to go and was considered Van Vleuten’s main rival for the prologue as Marianne Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling) didn’t take to the start. However, Van Dijk came four seconds short and had to settle for second.

Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) was the last one out the start blocks and was supported by her teammates as she powered over the 4.3-kilometre circuit. She was close to the podium, but not close enough. Her time of 6:02 put her 14 seconds down on Van Vleuten and four seconds off a top-three finish.

After her ride, Van Vleuten admitted she didn’t take any risks and probably only went 90%. “The World Road Championships are my main goal, so I’m not going to go 100% here and risk a crash,” she said. But the Dutch ITT champion was very happy to take the win and her efforts were awarded with the first leader’s jersey in the 2017 Boels Ladies Tour.

Prologue: Wageningen > Wageningen - Stage Result

Tuesday 29th August 2017

1. nl
VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
Orica - Scott
00:05:47
2. nl
VAN DIJK Ellen
Team Sunweb
0:05
3. de
BRENNAUER Lisa
Canyon SRAM Racing
0:11

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