In today’s Daily News Digest: Valverde recaptures Volta a Catalunya lead with stage 4 win; Cape Epic queen stage delivers tight racing; ASO considering barring Chris Froome from the Tour de France; Jolien D’Hoore wins Driedaagse-Brugge De Panne; Adam Yates suffers pelvis fracture; Orbea Orca review; Scott Thwaites undergoes back surgery; Flanders Classics behind new Great War Remembrance Race; It’s time to ban Tramadol in cycling; The horrors of airline travel
Valverde victorious in Catalunya; D’Hoore dominant at De Panne: Daily News Digest
Jolien d’Hoore (Mitchelton-Scott) won Driedaasge Brugge-De Panne in a drag race of a sprint ahead of Chloé Hosking (Alé Cipollini) and Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans). The Belgian champion was the quickest out of a large group, taking the Women’s WorldTour event by a bike length.
The race is one of the longest on the WWT calendar, setting off from Brugge and skirting the coast before finishing with laps in De Panne 152km later.
A solo effort from Mieke Kröger (Virtu Cycling) was swept up just inside the final kilometer by the leadout train of Alé-Cipollini. D’Hoore used the Alé train perfectly and opened up her sprint early, taking Hosking by a bike length.
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