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by Mark Zalewski
January 16, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kirsten Wild’s powerful sprint captures stage 2 of the Santos Women’s Tour; Caleb Ewan sprints to People’s Choice Classic victory at the Tour Down Under; Amanda Spratt carves out formidable lead in first stage of 2017 Santos Women’s Tour; Vos wins another World Cup, de Boer solidifies overall; Van Aert wins Italian World Cup round, overall; French government turns down request to make mechanical doping illegal; Toon Aerts likely out for season with shoulder injury from crash, riders question race course safety; American coach calls on Cycling Ireland to send team to world cyclocross championships; Owain Doull skips People’s Choice Classic with stomach bug; Di Rocco reelected president of Italian Cycling Federation; Money raised for 105-year-old world record breaker; Video: Meet Tiffany Cromwell; Video: Season prep with Wanty Groupe-Gobert.
Marianne Vos (WM3) led virtually wire-to-wire in the Memorial Romano Scotti Telenet UCI World Cup race, while Sophie de Boer (BreePark) earned enough points to put the overall series out of reach with only one event left.
In the opening Vos quickly took the lead along with Italian Eva Lechner (Clif Bar), looking to ride strong in her home country. But after the first lap Vos took control and never looked back, avoiding the many crashes throughout the field.
“I have never seen it like this before in my entire career,” Vos said about the difficult course conditions.
“The surface was like ice today. It took balance to choose the right line and you had to remain calm.”
The multiple-time world champion won with a wide margin over Katerina Nash (Clif Bar). Not far behind, de Boer was in a tight battle with compatriot Annemarie Worst for third place. Lechner went on to finish in fifth.