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by Mark Zalewski
March 13, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Henao wins overall at Paris-Nice, De La Cruz takes final stage; Dideriksen wins Ronde van Drenthe; Sagan takes second Tirreno-Adriatico stage win; Hosking wins Drentse 8 van Westerveld; Van Schip outclasses WorldTour riders to win Ronde Van Drenthe; Australia dominates Oceania Continental Championship road races; “One small mistake cost us the race”: inside the Ronde van Drenthe with Janneke Ensing; Jess Varnish calls for British Cycling board to resign; Illness forces Adam Yates out of Tirreno-Adriatico while in second overall; ASO brings sponsorship support to Volta a Catalunya; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 8 highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Ronde Van Drenthe highlights.
Ella CyclingTips followed Alé Cipollini’s Janneke Ensing Saturday in the Ronde van Drenthe, as the race took place on her training grounds and the team brought a big favourite for the race in Aussie sprinter Chloe Hosking. The race didn’t go well for the team, with Ensing not able to join the 15-rider lead group that formed at the end of the race. But Ensing and her team made the most of another chance on Sunday in the UCI1.2 Drentse 8 van Westerveld, with Hosking taking the sprint win.
“I wasn’t there to support [Chloe],” Ensing commented after Saturday’s race. “Later, as the lead group shattered (…), Chloe wasn’t able to close the gap to the first four – which I could’ve done if had been there. One small mistake cost us the race.”
With only Wiggle-High5 opting out of a double race weekend, all the other 19 UCI-teams lined up again at the start in Dwingeloo, the peloton completed by eleven Dutch club teams.
Crosswinds wreaked havoc in the peloton throughout the entire race, splitting it up several times during the race. But every time it all came back together again, and although some attacks were launched, they were all short-lived. Eventually a bunch sprint determined the winner of the race. Able to sprint for the win this time, Hosking took an easy victory with about four bike lengths ahead of Lotte Kopecky (Lotto-Soudal) and world road champion Amalie Dideriksen (Boels-Dolmans), yesterday’s winner.
“It was a bit of a weird race in the first big loop,” Hosking said in an interview with VoxWomen. “It was windy and it kept splitting, but I think we always had four or five up there. On the VAM-berg, I think we learned from our, not mistakes, but ‘accident’ yesterday, and Romy and Janneke were up there really close to the front. Janneke and I were in a break on the second VAM-berg, but it came all back together. Then the wind died down and it came down to a sprint and I won, so that’s nice!”