Second for D’hoore in bunch sprint at Drentse 8

Fri 9 Mar 2018

Weather conditions made for pleasant riding but nullified any opportunity for Drentse 8 to be too aggressive today, the race resulting in a sprint with Mitchelton-SCOTT’s Jolien D’hoore sprinting to second place.

A number of bold solo moves were attempted, the bunch relaxed enough to let Nicole Steigenga (Swabo Ladies) ride out to over two-minutes advantage, but it seemed destined to a bunch kick for much of the day.

Not a usual day in Holland:
Holland’s trademark winds were nowhere to be seen today, and with two ascents of the VAMberg coming in the middle of the parcours, it gave little opportunity for riders to leverage a successful attack. 

Excluding a few riders trying their luck alone, the race never fully lit up with fireworks until the closing circuit but it still wasn’t enough to prevent the race being controlled for a group finish. 

Needing nerves of steel:
Despite the calmer conditions, the bigger bunch meant bigger tension within it. Knowing the potential of the course and conditions, the battle for position was exhausting albeit with little reward. 

The pace picked up considerably around the local finishing circuits as teams without sprint options played their final cards but the peloton and Mitchelton-SCOTT were able to nullify the danger to set up for leader D’hoore.

Jolien D’hoore – 2nd place:
“The race was really nervous and hectic. The wind didn’t play a huge factor today but everybody wanted to ride in front in case it would split up. A lot of fuss for nothing actually.” 

“The last three local laps were fast and there quite a lot of attacks. We always had someone up there. The girls rode their heart out in the final. 

“Coming to the sprint I was jumping wheels and I chose one side but I had to jump on the footpath during my sprint so I was really on the edge. I couldn’t ride the perfect sprint which is frustrating because I felt good.”

1. Alexis Ryan (Canyon SRAM Racing)
2. Jolien D’hoore (Mitchelton-SCOTT)
3. Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini)

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