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by Matt de Neef
May 1, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte wins the Tour de Romandie; Serge Pauwels wins men’s Tour de Yorkshire with final-stage victory; Lizzie Deignan wins women’s Tour de Yorkshire; Quintana tunes Giro form with Vuelta Asturias queen stage victory; Christine Majerus takes overall win at Festival Elsy Jacobs; Astana opt not to replace Michele Scarponi in Giro line-up; Remembering Chad Young – A tribute from the team soigneur; Moscon racially abuses Reza at Tour de Romandie; Film review – Thereabouts 3; Big crash in the women’s Red Hook Crit.
After their winning streak in the Ardennes, and with local rider Lizzie Deignan on the startlist, Boels-Dolmans was the team to beat in the women’s Tour de Yorkshire. The team raced aggressively, taking control early in the one-day race.
After a reshuffle of positions on the only categorised climb, eight riders made up the front group. Boels-Dolmans had the advantage in numbers as Deignan, Amy Pieters and triple Ardennes winner Anna van der Breggen were all present.
An acceleration by Deignan led to an elite group of three riders, as she was joined by Van der Breggen and Dani King (Cylance Pro Cycling). When the chasing group got to within a minute behind them, Deignan launched her race-winning attack, leaving Van der Breggen and King to be caught by the group behind. Deignan arrived in Harrogate solo, celebrating her victory in front of her home crowd.
“As always, my result is a reflection of the work of my teammates,” Deignan said after winning the race. “Without their selflessness and total commitment to the plan, which we executed perfectly, I couldn’t have done it.
“The chasing group was coming pretty close and my race director said, ‘Wait for the sprint Lizzie, you’re coming back.’ But I thought, ‘No, I’m not waiting for the sprint, I know the roads better than you and it’s not coming back.'”