Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 23, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Strength in numbers: Quick-Step goes 1-2 from breakaway at Dwars Door Vlaanderen; Lotta Lepistö wins Dwars door Vlaanderen; Valverde wins in Catalunya, Van Garderen into lead; Movistar team responds to Catalunya TTT relegation; Team Wiggins left out of Tour de Yorkshire; Lars Boom ‘In Astana I lacked the necessary support’; Reijnen comes away with a few stitches after crashing into ditch at Dwars door Vlaanderen; British amateur cyclist suspended two years for doping positive; Cylance men’s team to race entirely on disc brakes; Trofeo Alfredo Binda highlights; Kenny Belaey rides the UCI HQ; Video: Flanders Classics 2016 compilation.

Lotta Lepistö wins Dwars door Vlaanderen

by Mark Zalewski

Cervélo Bigla’s Lotta Lepistö won the sprint out of a sixteen-rider breakaway to take the win at Dwars door Vlaanderen, ahead of Gracie Elvin (ORICA-Scott) and Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM).

“I just started passing riders and saw a gap to the front and put the big gear on and rode across,” she said.

“The group was smaller after the Paterberg then we rolled and rolled and then there were several attacks. Lisa [Klein] did an amazing job today. She is incredible. We were very tired, it was a hard race. I think everyone was racing all or nothing. In the end, there were 16 riders and Lisa said ‘I will give everything to help you’. She took me to the front in the sprint and I won.”

“It has been a sprinters race in the past and since they changed the course it changed the characteristics of the race,” director sportif Thomas Campana said.

“We were lucky to have riders in the front when the race opened up. We had two strong riders in the front 16. Lisa worked for Lotta and did a perfect job. It’s another perfect day for us with a new winner which is good to see because all the key riders are there with their form. All the riders are healthy and we’re looking forward to the next races.”

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Cervélo-Bigla Pro Cycling
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ELVIN Gracie
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Canyon SRAM Racing