Alaphilippe best in Basque Country, Stannard wins Belvedere: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

April 3, 2018

Alaphilippe wins opening stage of the Itzulia Basque Country; Stannard wins Giro del Belvedere; Nibali shrugs off Flanders fatigue with solid opener in Itzulia Basque Country; Following impressive Flanders ride, Pedersen extends with Trek-Segafredo; Painkilling adrenalin carries injured van Vleuten to Flanders podium; Unofficial Indy Pac: Across-Australia riders flowing into Sydney Opera House finish; Video: Alaphilippe rolls to the sea; Video: The Salesman: Mads Pedersen tells us about his Trek Madone

Painkilling adrenalin carries injured van Vleuten to Flanders podium

by Ella CyclingTips

Flanders is a tough race full stop, but it was made far tougher for third place getter Annemiek van Vleuten.

For a start her Mitchelton-Scott team was grappling with illness in its ranks, which ruled valuable teammate Amanda Spratt out of the race and caused last year’s second placed rider Gracie Elvin to withdraw before the end. Then the Dutch rider also had to grapple with the after-effects of a horrible crash before the famous Muur.

“Just before the Muur we had a plan that I should attack there, as we didn’t want a slow race,” she said. “I was at the side with teammates but some girls crashed and I could not avoid it. It was a super big crash. I felt really bad, I crashed on my shoulder and my head but I could continue and was able to come back.”

“Then it was a mental game to start over again, my legs were still good, but I crashed hard on my head which wasn’t ideal but I tried to just focus on the plan.”

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