Blaak claims Dutch road race title

Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) wins the Amstel Gold Race

World champion Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) added the Dutch road race champion's jersey to her collection, soloing on the final lap and then holding off the chasers for 11km. Blaak's teammate Amy Pieters won the sprint for second over European champion Marianne Vos (Waowdeals). Evy Kuijpers claimed the elite without contract title after attacking the main group of favourites only to be reeled in before the finish. The 23-year-old held on to finish fifth behind Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High 5). It was Blaak's second consecutive victory in the Dutch road race championship. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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National Championships Preview

A quick primer on the peloton getting patriotic with some intrastate conflict The best racing occurring in the middle doldrums of the cycling season is just about upon us, and I’m not talking about the Tour. It’s that time of the year when the FSA-DS owners of Ignatas Konovalovas and Gert Joeaar can finally celebrate. I’m of course talking about Nats. As a cycling fan, one of the most frustrating things for me is the inability to find a good central website that has information on all of these races. So, for once in my brief time writing here on PdC, I’m actually going to post something that is informative and not just a barrage of dad jokes, bad puns, and Betancur quips. So let’s get to it and preview some of the national championship courses this year. We’ll be taking a quick look at Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, ...

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OVO Energy Women's Tour: D'hoore wins opening stage in Southwold

Jolien D'Hoore (Mitchelton-Scott)

Jolien D'hoore ( Mitchelton-Scott ) made an impressive comeback from injury, winning the opening stage of the OVO Energy Women's Tour in Southwold on Wednesday. The Belgian champion won the bunch sprint ahead of Marta Bastianelli (Ale Cipollini) and Coryn Rivera (Sunweb). D'hoore fractured her collarbone after crashing on the track three weeks ago and said she was recovered enough to start the five-day Women's WorldTour event, although she was unsure of how she could perform after taking time off. She now leads the overall classification by two seconds ahead of Rivera and four seconds ahead of Bastianelli. The first stage from Framlingham to the seaside town of Southwold covered 129.7 km through Suffolk with one mountain sprint in Ipswich's Christchurch Park as well as two intermediate sprints. The route was a continuous up-and-down, but nevertheless, a bunch sprint was expected on the slightly-rising finishing straight in Southwold. It was ...

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Canyon-SRAM announce line-up ahead of the Ovo Energy Women's Tour

Canyon-SRAM announce line-up ahead of the Ovo Energy Women's Tour

Joseph Delves 11 Jun 2018 Defending champ Niewiadoma forms part of strong squad including Ferrand-Prévot, Klein, and the Barnes sisters. Photo: Velofocus Canyon-SRAM have announced their line-up ahead of the five-day Ovo Energy Women’s Tour . Taking place this week, from 13th to 17th June, the race will see riders competing over stages across the England and Wales, from Framlingham, Suffolk to Colwyn Bay, North Wales. Despite having worn the leader’s jersey from the first stage to the finish of last year’s event, Kasia Niewiadoma will likely find herself playing a supporting role for the team this time. 'I saw the stage profiles and I can say that they are going to hurt,' she said. 'It’s a demanding and unpredictable race and I love this. I have decided to race again because of these hard stages which I believe will help me to get into better shape before the Giro ...

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Van der Breggen's WorldTour lead cut as Spratt wins Emakumeen Bira

Anna van der Breggen (Boels - Dolmans)

Anna van der Breggen 's lead in the WorldTour classification has been trimmed down by a few points but the Olympic champion remains firmly in control of the contest. After the 12th round of the series at Emakumeen Bira , the Boels Dolmans rider still holds a commanding lead of 232 points, down slightly from her previous margin 250. The new challenger for the Dutchwoman is Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), who climbed two places after a stunning win at the Basque race . Spratt had started the final stage in 10th place and seemingly out of contention at 1:37 behind her teammate and leader Annemiek van Vleuten . However, with nothing to lose, she took a punt with 50 kilometres to go and, with her team out of the chase, was able to cross the line more than two minutes ahead of most of the general classification contenders. Spratt has enjoyed ...

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Tour de Yorkshire 2018: Guarnier takes summit finish and overall victory on Cow and Calf

Tour de Yorkshire 2018: Guarnier takes summit finish and overall victory on Cow and Calf

Joe Robinson 4 May 2018 American wins try 14 seconds on the Cote de Cow and Calf taking overall victory Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) wins Stage 2 of the 2018 women's Tour de Yorkshire after taming the summit finish atop the Cote de Cow and Calf in Ilkley. Guarnier also takes the General Classification becoming the first rider to take the race in its new multi-stage format. Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-Sram) crossed the line second with Dani Rowe (Great Britain) coming in third. With third, Rowe managed to secure second on GC with Amialiusik rounding out the final podium. Moves were made by Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) on the penultimate climb of the day that produced a reduced peloton to the base of the Cow and Calf climb. With 400m remaining, the American launched a stinging attack with no other rider able to match. Eventually Guarnier crossed the line solo by a ...

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Tour de Yorkshire 2018: Kirsten Wild sprints to victory on Stage 1

Tour de Yorkshire 2018: Kirsten Wild sprints to victory on Stage 1

Joe Robinson 3 May 2018 Wild takes the first stage of the women's Tour de Yorkshire ahead of Dideriksen and Alice Barnes Kirsten Wild (Wiggle-High5) managed to sprint to victory on Stage 1 of the women's Tour de Yorkshire into Doncaster proving why she was favourite for the day's race. The Dutchwoman won comfortably ahead of the rest with Amalie Dideriksen (Boels-Dolmans) finishing second and Alice Barnes (Canyon-Sram) clinching third on the stage. The day's break consisted of Anna Christian (Trek-Drops) and Natalie van Gogh (Parkhotel-Valkenburg) who managed to hold off the chasers for the majority of the day. They were eventually caught inside the last 16km. What happened where? The first stage of the women's Tour de Yorkshire took on a 132.5km flat course from Beverley to Doncaster. It was largely expected before the race that the day would be decided in a bunch sprint. A few took the ...

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By ‘eck, they’re back again with their bikes!

A loving look at a growing race I stopped counting my articles for Podium Café after I’d posted about five. Couldn’t tell you how many words I’ve written, couldn’t tell you how many predictions I’ve got wrong. I can tell you my favourite article of my first year, though, no problem. That was my preview of the Tour of Yorkshire, raced in my home county and presented with plenty of silly stories. So, time to take it on again. Another stage by stage look at the race, with local colour and personal anecdotes (I’ll try not to repeat myself from last year too much). If you really want to get into the local mood, have a look at Cycle Yorkshire, reviewed by our own Feargal McKay, which effectively puts to bed my (rightly chided) comment last year that Yorkshire isn’t much of a pro-cycling hotbed. One thing I like about ...

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Van der Breggen dominates Women's WorldTour ranking

Anna van der Breggen leads the Women's WorldTour after Fleche Wallonne victory

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) has kept hold of her lead in the Women's WorldTour after the three-day Tour of Chongming Island . Van der Breggen is the only rider to have won multiple rounds of the WorldTour this year, having claimed victory at Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Van der Breggen missed Tour of Chongming Island but her dominance means that she is 270 points clear of her closest rival, her teammate Chantal Blaak, at the moment. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), who scored two podium places during the Ardennes Classics at Amstel Gold and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, sits in third place. Jolien D'hoore may have missed out on defending her title at Chongming Island last week, but the Belgian champion won the inaugural Driedaagse De Panne in March and her runner-up place on the final stage in China, coupled with her top-10 GC finish, ...

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Who will succeed at this weekend's Tour de Yorkshire?

Joe Robinson 1 May 2018 Cyclist looks at the men and women likely to rise to the top in God's own country The men's and women's Tour de Yorkshire races kickstart this Thursday with both events departing the small market town of Beverley on their way to Doncaster for the stage finish. For the men, this will be the first of four testing stages with two days designed for the fast men and two days of unrelenting climbing to decide the General Classification. Of particular note for the men's race will be Stage 2 to Ikley and Stage 4 to Leeds. On the second day of racing, the TdY will see its first ever summit finish on the 1.8km, 8.2% Cote de Cow and Calf. Day four will then take the role of the 'Queen Stage' with no fewer than six categorised climbs within the 189.5km. Of those will be ...

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Anna van der Breggen and Chantal Blaak set to ride Tour de Yorkshire

Anna van der Breggen and Chantal Blaak set to ride Tour de Yorkshire

Joe Robinson 23 Apr 2018 World's best women racers set for start line as women's Tour de Yorkshire adds a day Fresh from yet another dominant spring, Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) will head to the Tour de Yorkshire on 3rd May as she looks to win the first multi-stage edition of the race. The recent Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Tour of Flanders champion will be joined by compatriot, teammate and road race World Champion Chantal Blaak who has also been in a fine vein of form. The Dutch duo will be joined by the likes of former Tour de Yorkshire winner Kristen Wild (Wiggle High5), Ellen Van Dijk ( Team Sunweb ) and Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cipollini). Van der Breggen stormed the Spring Classics this year with victories at Liege and Flanders as well as Strade Bianche, crossing the line solo on each occasion. Added to these three race wins was also ...

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Photo Gallery: Ardennes week for the Women’s WorldTour

For a second year the Women’s WorldTour got to contest a full Ardennes week of racing and all eyes were on Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans). The Dutch rider took a clean sweep of all three races last year and with a powerful team full of possible winners, there was no question that she or … The post Photo Gallery: Ardennes week for the Women’s WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Blaak leads Women's WorldTour after Amstel Gold victory - Women's news shorts

Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) wins Amstel Gold Race and leads Women's WorldTour

Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) moved into the lead of the Women's WorldTour after winning Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The Boels Dolmans rider leads the ranking with 538 points. Two teammates follow her in the rankings, with Amy Pieters in second at 455 points and Anna van der Breggen in third with 408 points. Amstel Gold Race marks Blaak's first win of the series this season, which Boels Dolmans has dominated so far. Pieters won Ronde van Drenthe and Van der Breggen won Strade Bianche and Tour of Flanders. As for the other rounds, Jolien D'hoore (Mitchelton-Scott) won Driedaagse de Panne, Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) won Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Marta Bastianelli (Ale Cipollini) won Gent-Wevelgem. The Women's WorldTour will continue with Flèche Wallonne on April 18 and Liège-Bastogne-Liège on April 22. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) sprinted to third place at Amstel Gold Race after animating what turned out to be the ...

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Amstel Gold Ladies: Blaak turns to rainbows

Amstel Gold Ladies: Blaak turns to rainbows

World champion Chantal Blaak had too much left in the tank for breakaway companions Lucinda Brand and Aussie Amanda Spratt, sprinting to victory in the women's 116.9 kilometre Amstel Gold from Maastricht to Berg en Terblijt.

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Blaak: Amstel Gold is one of my most precious victories

Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) wins the Amstel Gold Race

Chantal Blaak took out her first one-day victory as the reigning World Champion on Sunday, winning the Amstel Gold Race and taking over the UCI Women's WorldTour in front of her home crowd. The world champion showed her race craft when she joined the decisive move just after the steep Keutenberg climb with almost 60km to go, and then proved to be the strongest of eight riders who quickly got a big gap as the first peloton chose not to continue to chase as a another group fought to regain contact. "It was instinct that I went into that group, it was not a planned move," explained Blaak. "It was a good scenario for us. I heard we had two minutes, and we knew this was a really strong break. And then you need to finish it." Boels Dolmans had several possible contenders, including last year's solo winner Anna van ...

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Chantal Blaak wins Women’s Amstel Gold

Chantal Blaak wins Women’s Amstel Gold

Chantal Blaak emerged victorious at the 2018 Women's Amstel Gold Race. Read the full article at Chantal Blaak wins Women’s Amstel Gold on VeloNews.com .

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Chantal Blaak wins women's Amstel Gold Race

Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans)

Dutch world champion Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) celebrated a home victory at the women's Amstel Gold Race on Sunday in against Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) and Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott). The win also meant that Blaak moves into the lead of the UCI Women's WorldTour. "It was in my hands today, so there was pressure, but I also kind of like that," Blaak said in a TV interview after the finish. "When I attacked on the Cauberg with 20km to go, I wanted to test my legs and found out that I was maybe the strongest rider in the break. Then I knew that the others would have to beat me today and that I could trust my sprint." At 114.9 km, the race was not as long as other spring classics, but it made up for this in difficulty with a total of 17 ascents of various hills in Limburg. ...

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Van der Breggen confident in Boels Dolmans line-up for Amstel Gold Race

Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans)

Anna van der Breggen lines up as the defending champion and odds-on favourite to win Amstel Gold Race , the seventh round of the Women's WorldTour. The Dutchwoman says that Boels Dolmans has shown they can be successful even if she is not the rider winning the races. "I am really looking forward to coming week," said Van der Breggen, who won all three of the Ardennes Classics - Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège - last year. "I think they are all really nice races, whether I win or not. You can still keep certain races and enjoy them, even if you do not win. I am happy as long as it goes well. Then we see how the course itself goes." Van der Breggen has had an undeniably strong start to her season, with solo victories at Strade Bianche and Tour of Flanders. But she isn't ...

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Pieters wins Healthy Ageing Tour

Amy Pieters (Netherlands)

Aafke Soet ( WNT Rotor Pro Cycling ) won the final stage of the Healthy Ageing Tour in Groningen on Sunday. The Dutchwoman attacked a decisive breakaway in the closing kilometres to take a solo victory. Mieke Kröger (Team Virtu) was second and Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) was third. Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) won the overall title ahead of teammates Chantal Blaak, Majerus and Anna van der Breggen. To say it was a successful week for Boels Dolmans would be an understatement. The team won four stages at the five-day, six-stage race. Van der Breggen won the opening time trial, Pieters won stage 2, and they won the stage 3b team time trial and Blaak won stage 4. Pieters led the overall classification by 22 seconds ahead of teammates Blaak and 42 seconds ahead of van der Breggen heading into the final stage. The stage 5 circuit race was held ...

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Healthy Ageing Tour: World champion Blaak wins stage 4

World champion Chantal Blaak lines up at the start of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Chantal Blaak ( Boels Dolmans ) won the fourth stage of the Healthy Ageing Tour in Winsum on Saturday. The world champion attacked a 13-rider breakaway in the final three kilometres, but was reeled back in, and managed to save enough energy for the kick to the finish line. She won the sprint ahead of stage 3a winner Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5) in second place and Monique van de Ree (WaowDeals) in third. Blaak's victory marks her first win as the world champion, and the fourth win so far for Boels Dolmans at the five-day, six-stage race. Anna van der Breggen won the opening time trial, Amy Pieters won stage 2, and they won the stage 3b team time trial. Pieters continues to lead the overall classification by 22 seconds ahead of Blaak and 42 seconds ahead of van der Breggen. The stage race concludes on Sunday with a finale ...

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