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by Matt de Neef
September 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chris Froome wins the Vuelta, Trentin claims final stage; Sagan, Ulissi victorious at Canadian Grand Prix; Lars Boom wins the Tour of Britain; Jolien d’Hoore wins the Madrid Challenge; Lucy Kennedy wins the Tour de l’Ardeche; Swiss dominate XCO at Mountain Bike Worlds in Cairns; Cannondale-Drapac announces EF Education First as 2018 title sponsor; Michael Woods signs for another two years with Slipstream Sports; Former Olympic medallist Leontien van Moorsel accused of EPO use; Storybook ending – Contador goes out on top, wins final summit finish of his career; Neilson Powless signs with LottoNL-Jumbo; US men’s Road Worlds line-up announced; Bike thief foiled at Gold Coast cycling event; The best of the Vuelta.
Belgium’s Jolien d’Hoore (Wiggle High5) continues to show impressive form ahead of the Road World Championships, winning the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta for the second year in a row.
Held on the same day as the final stage of the Vuelta a España the Madrid Challenge is the final race on the Women’s WorldTour calendar. And just as it did in its first two editions, this year’s race ended in a bunch sprint. And just like last year, d’Hoore proved too strong in that final dash, leaving Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) and Roxane Fournier (FDJ) to complete the podium.
“My shape is pretty good, but I wasn’t planning to be so good already,” D’hoore said afterwards. “I’m looking forward to the Worlds. Maybe the course is a bit too hard for me, but I’m not one of the favourites, so I can just follow and I’ll have to see how it goes.”
“It means a lot, it’s the last [WorldTour] race of the year and I won it last year and I wanted to repeat it. But it’s never easy to win, and there are some good sprinters here, so I’m happy to pull it off.”
D’Hoore now has 11 wins for the year, seven of them at Women’s WorldTour level, and three of them in the past week.