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by Shane Stokes
March 10, 2018
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Canyon-SRAM rider Alexis Ryan is celebrating her debut UCI victory after outsprinting Jolien D’hoore (Mitchelton-Scott) and Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cipollini) at the Drentse Acht van Westerveld in the Netherlands.
“I’m ecstatic. This is my first UCI win,” said the American, who was best in a 20-rider gallop. “I was so close at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. I could taste a win on my tongue. I wasn’t going to let this one get away from me. I have so much gratitude for my teammates today.”
She was previously runner-up to Christina Siggaard (Team Virtu Cycling) in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and new she was in strong form. “We were conserving energy the first 100km and were looking for either myself or Lisa Klein to sprint at the end,” she said, explaining Friday’s tactics. “Lisa wasn’t feeling the best for the sprint but she shadowed me all day keeping me out of the wind and went with the final move on the last lap.”
She thanked her teammates Klein, Trixi Worrack and Tiffany Cromwell. “Tiff put in a monster 1km pull, it could have been even 1.5km,” she said. “I was in awe! She swung off and I slid into the slipstream of Sunweb for a couple of hundred metres. With 200m to go I launched my sprint, slammed into a massive gear and muscled over the bumpy pave to the finish. I almost couldn’t believe I had won!”