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by Matt de Neef
May 29, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Tom Dumoulin wins the 100th Giro d’Italia; Jens Keukeleire wins the Baloise Belgium Tour; Edvald Boasson Hagen wins Tour des Fjords; Marianne Vos wins Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik for a third time; Oscar Pujol wins the Tour of Japan, Nathan Earle second; Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio goes back-to-back with French double; Quintana believes late sickness cost him the Giro; Stijn Vandenbergh released from hospital, two weeks after crash; Transcontinental Race to continue in 2017; Davide Cimolai hit by a car in training; Vulpine saved from administration by Mango Bikes; Giuseppe Fonzi’s Giro nod to Happy Days; Behind the scenes of Tom Dumoulin’s Giro win.
After a slow start to the year, three-time former world road race champion Marianne Vos (WM3 Energie) is starting to get back to the dominant form she’s known for. Vos has now won her last three road races, all of them this month: the Trofee Maarten Wynants, the Rabobank 7-Dorpenomloop Aalburg and just yesterday, and most significantly, Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik.
Vos won the Belgian one-day race in 2011 (its first edition) and 2014, and took her third title on Sunday. Vos was part of a four-rider group that got clear on the famous Muur van Geraardsbergen — along with Ellen Van Dijk and Lucinda Brand (Sunweb), and Elisa Longo-Borghini (Wiggle-High5) — but which was eventually brought to heel.
Vos’ teammate Yara Kastelijn and Maria-Giulia Confalonieri (Lensworld-Kuota) launched an attack that saw the pair get a lead of one minute with 20km to go. Van Dijk and Longo-Borghini rode across the gap, and when Kastelijn was dropped, Vos herself rode across to join the head of the race. That group of four reached the finish line together, with Vos winning the sprint to take her third win of the year.
“I looked around in the pack and saw that many riders were suffering. So I thought: I have my chance,” Vos said of bridging to the leaders. “It was quite a gap. Even when I had taken back 15 seconds of the deficit, it was still far. First I picked up Yara. Then I got the trio in sight at two kilometres from the finish line. I was actually worried that the group would still be riding and everything would come together, so I took over. I felt I would have a chance if we stayed away.”