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by Matt de Neef
March 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Arnaud Demare triumphs on stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Michal Kwiatkowski solos to victory in men’s Strade Bianche; Elisa Longo Borghini claims thrilling women’s Strade Bianche; Jos Van Emden wins Dwaars door West-Vlaanderen; Adam Yates wins the GP Industria & Artigianato; Yohann Gene wraps up overall victory at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo; Romain Bardet kicked out of Paris-Nice for illegal teamcar assistance; Richie Porte loses time on opening stage of Paris-Nice; Doctors rebelled over drug for Wiggins; Dave Brailsford among Team Sky staff treated with triamcinolone; Danny MacAskill and Hans Rey freeriding in Northwest Arkansas.
Dutchman Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) has taken victory in the one-day semi-Classic Dwaars door West-Vlaanderen, outsprinting breakaway companion Silvan Dillier (BMC) after a day of horrible conditions in Flanders.
Van Emden and Dillier broke free of a reduced bunch inside the final 30km of the race and were able to hold off the chasing bunch behind, reaching the final kilometres together. Dillier lead the pair into the final 500 metres, before Van Emden launched his sprint and held off his Swiss companion.
“I did not want the pursuers to return, so I took off,” Van Emden said of his race-winning attack. “I got Dillier along and we worked well together until just before the finish. Then I started to play the game. Last Wednesday I went for the win in Le Samyn, but had to take it [the loss] when in the sprint. I thought, ‘That’s not happening to me here’.
“When I stood on the pedals on the sprint, I felt so much strength in my legs and I beat the normally faster Dillier in the sprint. It’s always nice to win something. I am now nine years a professional cyclist and it’s my third win in a road race. All other victories I achieved in time trials.”