Ronde van Drenthe Race Review (1.WWT)

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Chantal Blaak and team Boels-Dolmans claimed victory at Ronde van Drenthe @boelsdolmans

The Dutch rider Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) won last Saturday the second event of the UCI WWT, the Ronde van Drenthe, covering 138.3km from Hoogeveen to Hoogeveen. On the final sprint she overtook her breakaway partners, Australian rider Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS), German rider Trixi Worrack (Canyon SRAM) and Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank Liv).

Another strong performance from Dutch team Boels Dolmans, despite the fact that one of her leaders, World champion Lizzie Armitstead, had to abandon the race due to sickness (nothing severe but the British, Commonwealth and World champion had been unwell since Tuesday according to her SD). Outstanding streak for the Dutch team who has finished on the podium at all of their 2016 season races with the only exception of Omloop van het Hageland Tielt-Winge.

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Gracie Elvin trying to surprise with around 400m to go. @streaming UCI

It was Gracie Elvin who hastily launched the sprint trying to surprise her breakaway partners with an attack at about 400m to the finish line, just before the last corner on to the finishing straight. However the Dutch rider Chantal Blaak took her wheel  and overtook her to claim victory. Australian rider finished in second place followed by German rider Trixi Worrack and Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen. The chasing group arrived 1’49 ” later with Italian rider Marta Bastianelli winning the group sprint.

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Anna van der Breggen making the decisive move at Ronde van Drenthe @streaming UCI

“I did an attack towards the end of the second cobble section and by that stage the peloton was more or less single file. My gap didn’t stick but that long cobble section was quite hard and there were big splits in the peloton. Between the second and third cobble sections Rabobank Liv was really making the pace so that the second group didn’t join us again. At that point we were still a fair size group of 30 riders or so. It was really fast over the third cobble stone section, so nothing much happened. But as soon as we came off it van der Breggen attacked. I was in about sixth position, and I saw her attack and Blaak then Elvin went with it, so I knew I needed to be there.” state Worrack to her team.

“No one of our teams had a really good sprinter behind us and that’s why it worked well. No one could sit on and say ‘Ah I’m waiting for my sprinter.’ I thought my best chance was in a sprint and I never saw a good opportunity to attack anyway. I know Blaak is fast but I was confident I could at least be on the podium in a sprint.” With four major teams represented Worrack explained the break was destined to work.

Prior to the race Wiggle High5 was pointed out as the most powerful team, not only due to the great result and performance displayed at the previous edition of the race but also as they came to the race with an outstanding roster. However, they were caught behind when the action went on fire. The action was dominated by a four rider group that rolled off the front of a reduced peloton with around 60 kilometres to go.

For several kilometres it was a close fight between the four breakaway riders and four Wiggle High5 cyclists, who were riding on the front of reduced group in order to get the former ones back. But their efforts neither work out nor received any help from other teams, thus they decided the chase was over.

Despite not providing us with a great performance in this occasion, Wiggle High5 surprised us by sharing with all of us a unique, vivid example of how to deal with failure, with a disaster (in words of their SD) at the highest sports level.

“The big mistake was not have one over there and after in four if all our four work they don’t make them 4 but you need to have that communication and I don’t know what happened in front I have no idea”

Giorgia Bronzini

 

“We are all good, but we are still not a team. So before the cobbles you see a lot of teams they come with together, really strong but we were too much alone I think we still missed the feeling that riding like a team”

Amy Pieters

Next UCI WWT race will be next Sunday at Women’s WorldTour Trofeo Alfredo Binda. The UCI WWT rankings remains as follows:

UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Ranking

1 Anna van der Breggen Rabobank Liv 130
2 Chantal Blaak Boels Dolmans 120
3 Elizabeth Armitstead Boels Dolmans 120
4 Gracie Elvin Orica-AIS 100
5 Katarzyna Niewiadoma Rabobank Liv 100
6 Trixi Worrack Canyon SRAM 85
7 Emma Johansson Wiggle High5 85
8 Elisa Longo Borghini Wiggle High5 70
9 Annemiek van Vleuten Orica-AIS 70
10 Lauren Kitchen Hitec Products 65
11 Marta Bastianelli Alé Cipollini 60
12 Shelley Olds Cylance 58
13 Megan Guarnier Boels Dolmans 50
14 Leah Kirchmann Liv Plantur 50
15 Floortje Mackaij Liv Plantur 40

UCI Women’s WorldTour Youth Ranking

1 Floortje Mackaij Liv Plantur 6
2 Katarzyna Niewiadoma Rabobank Liv 6
3 Lotte Kopecky Lotto Soudal Ladies 4

Women’s WorldTour Team Ranking

1 Boels Dolmans 306
2 Rabobank Liv 278
3 Orica-AIS 200

Highlights Ronde van Drenthe UCI 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lJcNMLBbTg

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Final podium @ streaming uci

Results 

Sources

Official web
PCS

Written by:
Diego Martín

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