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Jolien D’hoore sprint with eloquent ease to victory in a Three-day Bruges-De Panne

Jolien D’hoore sprinted with eloquent ease to victory in the Three-day Bruges-De Panne. For D’hoore was her first WorldTour victory of the season. Elia Viviani won Wednesday the first edition of the revamped Three-day men. Thursday was the for the first time ever, the turn of the women, where the Belgian champion with the flowers on the remove went. Although the name is different did suspect, it was a one day race.

The Three days of De Panne-Koksijde was called since this year’s Three-day Bruges-De Panne. Since Dwars door Vlaanderen the date of the Three days of De Panne got situations in the calendar, were the organizers of the race are forced to move to a different place on the cycling calendar. If starting location Bruges was chosen, the finish line, remained in De Panne. It was the first time that the women there could start.

Jolien D’hoore (Mitchelton-Scott) last Thursday, the one day race, Three-day Bruges-De Panne won. In the first edition of the WorldTour race, the Belgian champion after 153 kilometres in a bunch sprint of the Australian Chloe Hosking and the Luxembourg Christine Majerus.

Fifteen escapees

Already at the height of the first kasseizone, after 12 km in Zuienkerke, splashed the peloton into several pieces apart. Eventually, as soon a breakaway group of fifteen riders: Christine Majerus, Romy Kasper, Lisa Klein, Emma Cecilie Jorgensen, Jelena Eric, Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz, Moniek Tenniglo, Gracie Elvin, Sara Penton, Mieke Kroger, Katarzyna Pawlowska, Jeanne Korevaar, Monique van de Ree, Eve, Neighbor and Abigail Van Twisk. They walked until 1:45 on a first part of the peloton. The front had Korevaar her companions, solve problems, and so did Majerus, 55 kilometres from the finish. The Luxembourg was swallowed up by the peloton, where riders of Ale Cipollini, Team Sunweb and Boels-Dolmans the pace to go up.

The gap between the breakaway and the main group decreased to a little more than one minute. Then it was the cohesion, again totally search and was the lead again deepened to a minute and a half. The thirteen leaders were the first of two local laps, each of which is 15,3 kilometers, cutting with a lead of 25 seconds on a first major group. Penton reed himself stuck in the tram tracks and crashed. The leading group fragmented because of this, up to nine riders. Also, Eric had the front off and so remained only Kasper, Jorgensen, Ruiz, Elvin, Kroger, Pawlowska, Of the Ree and Neighbour.

Exciting final phase

The eight were at the start of the final lap still 28 seconds on the chasing group. Kroger found 12 kilometres from the finish her moment came and went in the attack. Elvin saw the gravity of the situation and went in the counterattack. Kroger continued to make, while Elvin continued to hang on 10 seconds. The rest followed three kilometres from the end at 0:30. But 700 metres of the finish line was Kroger seized. In the subsequent sprint was belgian champion Jolien D’hoore somewhat embedded, but the Belgian champion was there at the right time neatly come true and her first victory of the season books.

The Polish Katarzyna Niewiadoma was not there in the Three-day. Nevertheless, she remains a leader in the WorldTour ranking. D’hoore is on the ninth place.

The men won Wednesday’s Elia Viviani, the spurtbom of Quick Step.

Jolien D’hoore was apprehensive about victory

Immediately after the arrival early Jolien D’hoore or she had won, however, she was clearly the fastest in the sprint. But D’hoore knew not sure if the front runners were already up. “It was a huge nervous match. I wasn’t sure if we are the front runners, however, still went immediately so I focused me just on the sprint. Though it was the seventh or the eighth place, that didn’t matter. But when we got to the sprinting, I knew not whether it would be for the first place was,” she said.

“There was also a lot of wind today, which made occasionally for fans. It is also the first time that we are allowed to start so it was for everyone a new course. In the end took no team really gain the upper hand. Thus, it was very chaotic. Especially the last corner with the tram tracks was very dangerous.”

Sunday start D’hoore in Gent-Wevelgem. “I already knew that the condition was very good, but the past races, I had little luck. Today Sunday I would like to continue that trend.”


1. Jolien D’hoore

2. Chloe Hosking

3. Christine Majerus

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