Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

March 24, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Dan Martin takes Volta a Catalunya lead with stage 3 win; Jens Debusschere sprints to Dwars door Vlaanderen victory; Amy Pieters claims third-straight Dwars door Vlaanderen win; Tour de Yorkshire becomes the world’s most lucrative women’s cycling race?; Does Milan-San Remo need an extra climb?; Porte flying under the radar in Catalunya; Giro Rosa course revealed for 2016; Trixi Worrack undergoes emergency surgery following Trofeo Binda crash; Robbie McEwen on the Belgian terror attacks; Vos back on the winners’ list.

Jens Debusschere sprints to Dwars door Vlaanderen victory

by Matt de Neef

A day after terror attacks rocked Brussels, killing more than 30, bike racing was back underway in Belgium with the one-day semi-classic Dwars door Vlaanderen. Fittingly, it was a Belgian, Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal) that took victory, winning the bunch sprint in a photo finish.

Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) was second and Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) completed the podium.

“Of course I am happy with this victory. It was a race I had been looking forward to,” said Debusschere. “Because of what happened yesterday in Brussels it wasn’t sure if the race would take place. It was strange yesterday and this morning: Should we give in and cancel the race, or do we race with respect for the victims and with attention for the safety? The atmosphere at the start in Roeselare was very serene.”

The main breakaway in the wet, 200km race featured six riders but many attacks within the bunch saw several chase groups form and fall apart through the day. With just over 10km to go the race was back together, prompting Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) to attack solo. The Belgian put in a spirited fight and was only caught with 250m to go as the fastmen wound up for the final sprint.

1. be
DEBUSSCHERE Jens
Lotto Soudal
04:48:27
2. fr
COQUARD Bryan
Direct Energie
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3. be
THEUNS Edward
Trek - Segafredo
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