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by Matt de Neef
February 27, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Caleb Ewan wins Abu Dhabi Tour’s final stage as Rui Costa secures the overall; Greg van Avermaet wins men’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Lucinda Brand solos to victory in women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Peter Sagan bounces back to win Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne; Ryan Gibbons bolsters Tour de Langkawi lead with stage 5 win; Jolien d’Hoore claims Omloop van het Hageland victory; Peter Sagan’s bizarre post-Het Nieuwsblad interview; On-board highlights from stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Tour.
Jolien D’Hoore (Wiggle High5) didn’t quite get the result she was after at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, finishing that race in seventh, but the former Belgian champion wasted no time in making amends. In Sunday’s Omloop van het Hageland, also held in Flanders, D’Hoore outsprinted two Australians, former teammate Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini) and Orica-Scott’s Sarah Roy, to take her first win of the year.
“I have to thank the team because they have done a fantastic job for two days,” D’Hoore said. “On Saturday it was not to be seen from the result, today it was.”
While the race was decided in a reduced bunch sprint, a late flyer from the dangerous Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) was only accounted for in the final kilometre. When the race came back together it was group of just 24 that remained to contest the win.
“I can look back with satisfaction on my first race weekend,” d’Hoore said. “It is very important to win early in the season. It is important for the team but especially for my confidence.”