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by Matt de Neef
May 8, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Fernando Gaviria takes Giro d’Italia lead with stage 3 victory; Jolien D’Hoore victorious at the Tour of Chongming Island; Kirill Pozdnyakov wraps up overall victory at the Tour d’Azerbaidjan; Marianne Vos claims her first win of the season at Trofee Maarten Wynants; Ruth Winder, TJ Eisenhart win the Redlands Bicycle Classic; Shannon Malseed wins the Tour of the South West; Rohan Dennis crashes out of Giro GC contention; Caleb Ewan devastated after missed opportunity on Giro’s second stage; Nicola Ruffoni suggests prostate infection as cause for positive test; British cycling apparel brand Vulpine enters administration; Two cyclists killed as alleged drunk and drugged driver hits group in Spain; Video – Van driver forces cyclist off the road.
Two stage wins, the second of those in the leader’s yellow jersey, has helped Belgium’s Jolien D’Hoore (Wiggle-High5) to overall victory at the Tour of Chongming Island in China. After crashing on the opening stage of the three-stage Women’s WorldTour stage race (won by Cylance Pro Cycling’s Kirsten Wild), D’Hoore bounced back to win stage 2 and move into the overall lead on a day that was always destined to end in a sprint.
On the final day of racing a group of four riders were allowed to get clear, and led the race until 14km to go. And when WM3 Pro Cycling’s Valentina Scandolara broke clear in the final 10 kilometrs of the race it looked as if a stage of the sprinter-friendly race might not end in a sprint. But Scandolara and lone chaser Mia Radotic (BTC City Ljubljana) were caught with 1km to go and another bunch sprint ensued. D’Hoore was again victorious, beating Wild and Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini) to clinch the Tour overall.
“Yesterday Nettie [Edmondson] did a great lead out and I came off her wheel, but then Kirsten came really close,” D’hoore explained. “But today was the other way around. I knew it was a headwind again, so I knew I had to come very late. So that’s what I did; I just stayed on her wheel and I was just waiting, waiting, waiting… Then I came out at the right moment. It’s a good feeling because we did it as a team.
“It was just a great team performance. I never had such a great lead-out as in this Tour — it was really amazing to sit behind those girls. It just gave me goosebumps!”
The UCI Women’s WorldTour continues this Thursday at the Tour of California.
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