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by Matt de Neef
June 12, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jakob Fuglsang wins the Criterium du Dauphine with final-stage raid; Stefan Kung leads the Tour de Suisse after two stages; Kasia Niewiadoma wins the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Lucas Hamilton up to third overall at the ‘Baby Giro’; Cameron Meyer takes his first win on the road in 2017; Froome sees Porte as Tour de France favourite; Fuglsang and Aru to be Astana co-leaders at the Tour?; Trans Am leadership shifts, Tour Divide kicks off; 68-year-old track cyclist tests positive … again; Sarah Roy’s post-win crash; Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 4 — Mt. Mitchell.
Kasia Niewiadoma (WM3 Energie) has converted her bold stage 1 win at the OVO Energy Women’s Tour (of Britain) into a compelling overall victory.
The 22-year-old Pole stole a march on her rivals on the first day of racing when she broke clear solo, with roughly 50km to go, and held on to win by 1:42. While Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans) and Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini) took sprint victories on stages 2 and 3 respectively, Niawiadoma held firm, extending her lead by a second with two stages remaining.
Four riders got clear in the second half of stage 4 — Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans), Leah Kirchmann (Sunweb), Marta Bastianelli (Ale Cipollini) and Sarah Roy (Orica-Scott) — and it was Roy that took the stage win — her first at WorldTour level. Niawiadoma lost some time to second-placed Majerus at the finish but was able to hold on to her overall lead.
The race’s final stage took the riders to London where Jolien d’Hoore (Wiggle High5) proved strongest in the sprint finish. Niewiadoma finished comfortably on bunch time, to win the Women’s Tour of Britain overall.
Follow the links to read more from stage 4 and stage 5 at Ella CyclingTips.