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by Shane Stokes
June 8, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Porte time trials to victory on stage 4 of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Niewiadoma takes impressive solo stage win on day one of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Froome disappointed with time trial performance; Contador: ‘The most important thing is that I felt good’; British Cycling asks Team Sky to quit Manchester velodrome, will overhaul medical services; Mitchelton-Scott makes European debut with Baby Giro participation; Battle raging in Trans Am 2017; Video: Richie Porte post-race interview – stage four, Critérium du Dauphiné; Video: Team WNT riders on the OVO Energy Women’s Tour
Polish road race champion Katarzyna Niewiadoma has been in impressive form all this season, but the WM3 Pro Cycling rider stepped things up another level with a superb solo victory on stage one of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. She jumped clear 47 kilometres from the finish in Daventry, Northamptonshire, built a lead of three minutes and then held on to the line.
She got there one minute and 42 seconds ahead of her teammate Marianne Vos, who led in the peloton. Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam) and former world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle High5) were third and fourth, with Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon SRAM Racing) fifth.
“When I attacked I wasn’t really thinking,” she said afterwards. “I just choose the moment. It can be a good opportunity to go away. I expected somebody to join me. Unfortunately I was alone and I was thinking ‘oh no, there’s 50km to go, there’s a lot of wind, there are hills!’ I wasn’t sure if I could gain a lot of seconds but I was really motivated to keep pushing.”
Although the Boels Dolmans team worked to bring her back, it was unable to do so. She raced in to the finish with almost two minutes in hand, and opened up a big buffer for the days ahead.
“It’s so crazy; normally races like this end up in a bunch sprint, and I knew that there are a lot of teams here like Ale Cipollini and Sunweb who want a bunch sprint. So I thought they would chase me hard,” she said. “When I saw the 15-kilometre to go sign I knew I had to go full and see what happened. I’m so happy that I could win here.”