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by Mark Zalewski
March 13, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Henao wins overall at Paris-Nice, De La Cruz takes final stage; Dideriksen wins Ronde van Drenthe; Sagan takes second Tirreno-Adriatico stage win; Hosking wins Drentse 8 van Westerveld; Van Schip outclasses WorldTour riders to win Ronde Van Drenthe; Australia dominates Oceania Continental Championship road races; “One small mistake cost us the race”: inside the Ronde van Drenthe with Janneke Ensing; Jess Varnish calls for British Cycling board to resign; Illness forces Adam Yates out of Tirreno-Adriatico while in second overall; ASO brings sponsorship support to Volta a Catalunya; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 8 highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Ronde Van Drenthe highlights.
A spring-like day in Drenthe, with blue skies and not much wind, caused the second round in the Women’s WorldTour, the Ronde van Drenthe, to open up very late. Not that the race wasn’t hard, but it was riders getting dropped from the back during the first 120 km mostly, with a couple of short attacks at the front not sticking.
Fireworks only started after the second time up the VAM-berg, with serious attack upon attack, mainly from Team Sunweb, who brought a strong line-up to Drenthe. A four-rider break eventually got to sprint for the win, with world road champion Amalie Dideriksen delivering the first win of the season for her team Boels-Dolmans. Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM) and Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) joined her on the podium, with Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) coming in fourth and retaining her Women’s WorldTour leadership jersey. Dideriksen is the new leader in the young rider classification.
Originally from Drenthe and still living in Gieten, we followed Janneke Ensing of Alé Cipollini in this race through her back yard. We caught up with her ahead of the Ronde van Drenthe and spoke to her after the race, in which the team came away with a tenth spot for Chloe Hosking – obviously not what they were expecting from this race, after Hosking came fourth in 2013 and fifth in 2015.
Janneke Ensing (Alé Cipollini) has had a quiet week since Strade Bianche on March 4. “I returned to Drenthe on Sunday and I did nothing all day. I had a massage on Monday and did a short spin to loosen up the legs. On Tuesday I did a recon of the first part of tomorrow’s route and on Wednesday I took another rest day,” Ensing tells us one day before round 2 in the Women’s WorldTour, the Ronde van Drenthe.
With a season that started Down Under, in which Ensing took a second place in the Tour Down Under GC and won the mountain classification, the days between Strade Bianche and the double weekend on her home ground in Drenthe were reserved for recovery mainly.
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