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by Mark Zalewski
April 18, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gaudin wins out of two-rider break at Tro Bro Leon; Scarponi nets Astana first win of season at Tour of the Alps; Gilbert outsprints Kwiatkowski to win his fourth Amstel Gold Race; Anna van der Breggen powers to a solo victory at women’s Amstel Gold Race return; Walkout: Illuminate women leave over dispute with manager; Gilbert out for rest of Classics with kidney injury; Rivera retains Women’s WorldTour lead after Amstel Gold Race; Amstel Gold Race defending champ Gasparotto crashes out, but escapes serious injury; Pieter Weening expected to return for Liège; Cookson says he did nothing to be ‘ashamed of or concerned about’ while head of British Cycling; Apeldoorn to host 2018 UCI Track World Championships; 2017 UCI Track World Championships – Day 4 highlights; Video: Paris-Roubaix with Fast Forward Wheels.
Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) had the UCI Women’s WorldTour leader’s jersey heading into the Amstel Gold Race thanks to her two wins at Trofeo Alfredo Binda and the Tour of Flanders. However, her 60-point lead was nearly halved to Annemiek Van Vleuten (ORICA-Scott) thanks to the Dutch rider’s third place and Rivera finishing in sixth.
“Today was a hard course and race as we expected,” said Rivera on Sunday. “We had a few different scenarios to play out and in the end it was a very aggressive race and only a select group made it to the final. The team put me in best position and I was able to bridge across to the decisive break of the day. We really did the best that we could have done and it was another true team effort. After a tough day, I am proud to hold onto the Women’s WorldTour leaders jersey.”
Race winner Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) jumped from 35th to 10th with the win and could see that ranking increase with La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège in her wheelhouse.
The first leader of the season, Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5), is also back on the move upwards, from fourth place into the top three.
Van der Breggen’s win also puts Boels Dolmans back to the top of the team standings, aided by Lizzie Deignan’s second place. The Sunweb team dropped to second place, 196 points behind Boels Dolmans, with ORICA-Scott close behind in third.