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by Neal Rogers
July 17, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Mollema solos from breakaway to Stage 15 victory at Tour de France; Brennauer back in Thüringen lead after stage wins for Simmonds, Stephens; Vos wins GC at BeNe Ladies Tour along with two stages; Ferrand-Prévot defends national cross-country title in Plouec; UCI announces junior women category for world cyclocross championships, starting in 2020; Study: Women cyclists more put off by traffic than men; Video: 24 hours with Michael Matthews at the Tour de France; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 15 highlights.
After a one-two for Alice Barnes (British national team) and Marianne Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling) in Stage 1 of the BeNe Ladies Tour, Stage 2a mirrored the result quite a bit. Elinor Barker (British national team) won the stage, crossing the finish line two bike lengths ahead of the bunch, with Vos taking another second place. Barnes retained the lead in the GC, 24 seconds ahead of Vos.
Later in the day, the 10.1km time trial would surely shake up the GC. Vos was the only rider to go under 14 minutes, setting a time of 13:59. Her teammate Moniek Tenniglo finished in second place, four seconds behind her. Prologue winner Nettie Edmondson (Wiggle-High5) finished in third place with a six-second gap to Vos. With Barnes over half a minute down, Vos moved into the overall lead.
“When we started the race, the GC was not an objective as such,” said WM3 Pro Cycling director Eric van de Boom. “Following the prologue in Vlissingen with Marianne’s crash, a high ranking looked as far off as ever. However, after the first stage, the confidence in a successful outcome increased. Today, we hoped to take seconds in the time trial, which we achieved. Marianne was riding incredibly fast.”
The last stage consisted of nine laps on a 12km circuit. There were several breakaway attempts, Nina Kessler (Team Hitec) and Anna Trevisi (Alé Cipollini) the only ones able to reach an advantage of over a minute. But WM3 controlled the race and the duo was caught back before the finish.
Stage 3 finished in a bunch sprint and it was Vos who took the win, wearing the blue leader’s jersey. After a difficult start to her BeNe Ladies Tour, Vos took the overall win in dominant form. Barnes and Edmondson joined Vos on the podium, finishing in second and third place overall respectively.