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Lopez best at Vuelta, Wild at Boels Ladies’ Tour, Cannondale gets cash pledge: your Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 31, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Lopez wins stage 11 of the Vuelta a España; Wild sprints to stage 2 win in Boels Ladies Tour; Chaves and Roche suffer on stage 11; Cannondale-Drapac team launches crowdfunding campaign, Fairly Group will contribute up to $2 million; BMC Racing Team extends contracts of Caruso, Drucker, Rosskopf and Ventoso; Cofidis signs Jesús and José Herrada; Thomas, Kwiatkowski and Viviani amongst Team Sky squad for Tour of Britain; Video: Chris Froome post-race interview, Stage 11 Vuelta a España; Video: Esteban Chaves post-race interview, Stage 11 Vuelta a España

Wild sprints to stage 2 win in Boels Ladies Tour

by Shane Stokes

It has been quite a while for Kirsten Wild (Cylance Pro Cycling), but in the second stage of the Boels Ladies Tour she was finally able to celebrate a victory again as she crossed the finish line in Arnhem ahead of Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Lensworld-Kuota) and Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM).

The stage had a fast start and it took some time and several attacks before a break finally was formed. It was Japanese champion Eri Yonamine (FDJ-Futuroscope-NA) who was able to gain advantage by going solo after 20 kilometres. The peloton was content with letting her go and she quickly increased her advantage to a minute.

As both the national road and time trial champion, Yonamine had no trouble speeding through the Dutch country-side by herself. She opened up her gap to over two minutes and was then helped when a duo attacked from the peloton to bridge across. Ilona Hoeksma (Team Hitec) and Winanda Spoor (Lensworld-Kuota) escaped the peloton and joined the lone leader 80 kilometres into the stage, meaning it had taken them over 30 kilometres to bridge the gap.

The trio arrived in Arnhem together for the local lap of 18.7 kilometres, but the advantage was slowly coming down. Yonamine tried to prevent the inevitable, which earned her the red combativity jersey, but the peloton finally caught her two kilometres from the finish line.

A crash then disrupted the sprint in the final hundred meters, but Wild was unfazed as she crossed the finish line first. Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) remains the overall leader, five seconds ahead of Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb).

Stage 2: Eibergen > Arnhem - Stage Result

Wednesday 30th August 2017

1. nl
WILD Kirsten
Cylance Pro Cycling
03:18:48
2. it
CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia
Lensworld - Kuota
-
3. de
BRENNAUER Lisa
Canyon SRAM Racing
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