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D’hoore wins Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, Rivera finishes second

Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle High5) won the 2017 Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, the final round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, for the second time on Sunday. The Belgian national champion dominated the bunch gallop in Spain’s capital city of Madrid ahead of Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) and Roxane Fournier (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope).

“This victory means a lot to me,” D’hoore said. “It’s the last race of the year and it’s WorldTour. I won it last year and I wanted to repeat it. But it’s never easy. I’m really happy to pull it off. The first half of the race I stayed with Julie Leth, she protected me. I could stay out of the wind and save a lot of energy. I received the help of my other teammates in the end and specially Emilia Fahlin, she stayed with me the whole last lap. She put me in a great position in the end.”

Top-10 results

  • 1. Jolien D’hoore, WIGGLE HIGH5, 2:02:31.000
  • 2. Coryn Rivera, TEAM SUNWEB, s.t.
  • 3. Roxane Fournier, FDJ NOUVELLE AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE, s.t.
  • 4. Eugenia Bujak, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA, s.t.
  • 5. Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, s.t.
  • 6. Giorgia Bronzini, WIGGLE HIGH5, s.t.
  • 7. Chloe Hosking, ALE CIPOLLINI, s.t.
  • 8. Susanne Andersen, HITEC PRODUCTS, s.t.
  • 9. Leah Kirchmann, TEAM SUNWEB, s.t.
  • 10. Alba Teruel Ribes, LOINTEK, s.t.

The third edition of the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta was ridden over 87km (54mi), with 15 laps on a 5.8km route around the iconic Plaza Cibeles. The race was aggressive from the start, but many of the bigger teams were keen to keep the group together for a bunch sprint.

The main breakaway of the day was formed after 31kms of racing, with a group of 15 riders. Among them were Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb), Thalite de Jong (Lares-Waowdeals) and Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-High5). These three powerful riders were seen as too much of a danger and the peloton reeled the breakaway in with 48km to go.

Irena Ossola (SAS-Macogep) managed to break away on her own with 34kms remaining, but she was brought back into the fold within a lap. The tight racing saw Rachele Barbieri (Cylance) dominate the intermediate sprints.

Barbieri’s teammate Malgorzata Jasinska went for the last move of the day and managed to open a 10-second lead over the peloton with 10km to go. She was joined by three riders on the final lap, but they were caught with 3km to go and D’hoore dominated the bunch gallop.

“We had a plan and we executed the plan, I think that is important,” runner-up Rivera said. “And everyone put in 110% effort and we can be happy with that. We owned the lead-out and it was super cool that pretty much everything went to plan.

“Of course I am a little disappointed to not pull off the win after all the team’s amazing work today, but it was a close finish. I am a different kind of sad since it is our last road race of the year together but that also gets me even more excited for 2018.”

Full results

  • 1. Jolien D’hoore, WIGGLE HIGH5, 2:02:31.000
  • 2. Coryn Rivera, TEAM SUNWEB, s.t.
  • 3. Roxane Fournier, FDJ NOUVELLE AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE, s.t.
  • 4. Eugenia Bujak, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA, s.t.
  • 5. Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, s.t.
  • 6. Giorgia Bronzini, WIGGLE HIGH5, s.t.
  • 7. Chloe Hosking, ALE CIPOLLINI, s.t.
  • 8. Susanne Andersen, HITEC PRODUCTS, s.t.
  • 9. Leah Kirchmann, TEAM SUNWEB, s.t.
  • 10. Alba Teruel Ribes, LOINTEK, s.t.
  • 11. Lotte Kopecky, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, s.t.
  • 12. Eileen Roe, TEAM WNT PRO CYCLING, s.t.
  • 13. Sarah Inghelbrecht, LARES – WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, s.t.
  • 14. Alicia Gonzalez Blanco, LOINTEK, s.t.
  • 15. Mia RadotiĆ, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA, s.t.
  • 16. Eugénie Duval, FDJ NOUVELLE AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE, s.t.
  • 17. Demi De Jong, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG – DESTIL CYCLING TEAM, s.t.
  • 18. Polona Batagelj, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA, 2:02:36.000
  • 19. Rebecca Durrell, DROPS, 2:02:36.000
  • 20. Katia Ragusa, BEPINK COGEAS, 2:02:36.000
  • 21. Chanella Stougje, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG – DESTIL CYCLING TEAM, 2:02:36.000
  • 22. Hayley Jones, TEAM WNT PRO CYCLING, 2:02:36.000
  • 23. Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez, BIZKAIA – DURANGO, 2:02:39.000
  • 24. Lucinda Brand, TEAM SUNWEB, 2:02:40.000
  • 25. Anna Zita Maria Stricker, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA, 2:02:40.000
  • 26. Abby-Mae Parkinson, DROPS, 2:02:40.000
  • 27. Anna Trevisi, ALE CIPOLLINI, 2:02:40.000
  • 28. Abigail Van Twisk, DROPS, 2:02:40.000
  • 29. Nathalie Bex, SPORT VLAANDEREN – GUILL D’OR, 2:02:40.000
  • 30. Jelena EriĆ, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA, 2:02:40.000
  • 31. Lucy Shaw, DROPS, 2:02:40.000
  • 32. Iris Sachet, SAS – MACOGEP, 2:02:40.000
  • 33. Natalie Van Gogh, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG – DESTIL CYCLING TEAM, 2:02:40.000
  • 34. Floortje Mackaij, TEAM SUNWEB, 2:02:40.000
  • 35. Špela Kern, BIZKAIA – DURANGO, 2:02:40.000
  • 36. Daniela Reis, LARES – WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, 2:02:40.000
  • 37. Annelies Dom, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, 2:02:40.000
  • 38. Mieke Docx, LARES – WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, 2:02:48.000
  • 39. Maaike Boogaard, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA, 2:02:49.000
  • 40. Charlotte Becker, HITEC PRODUCTS, 2:02:49.000
  • 41. Veronique Bilodeau, SAS – MACOGEP, 2:02:49.000
  • 42. Frédérique Larose-Gingras, SAS – MACOGEP, 2:02:49.000
  • 43. Irena Ossola, SAS – MACOGEP, 2:02:51.000
  • 44. Romy Kasper, ALE CIPOLLINI, 2:02:51.000
  • 45. Lucia Gonzalez Blanco, LOINTEK, 2:02:51.000
  • 46. Rossella Ratto, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, 2:02:51.000
  • 47. Marta Bastianelli, ALE CIPOLLINI, 2:02:55.000
  • 48. Ana Usabiaga Balerdi, SPAIN, 2:02:59.000
  • 49. Ariadna Trias Jordan, LOINTEK, 2:03:01.000
  • 50. Nina Kessler, HITEC PRODUCTS, 2:03:03.000
  • 51. Julie Leth, WIGGLE HIGH5, 2:03:03.000
  • 52. Elisa Longo Borghini, WIGGLE HIGH5, 2:03:03.000
  • 53. Emilia Fahlin, WIGGLE HIGH5, 2:03:03.000
  • 54. Sandra Alonso Dominguez, SPAIN, 2:03:03.000
  • 55. Marta Tagliaferro, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, 2:03:03.000
  • 56. Aude Biannic, FDJ NOUVELLE AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE, 2:03:10.000
  • 57. Kelly Druyts, SPORT VLAANDEREN – GUILL D’OR, 2:03:15.000
  • 58. Kelly Van Den Steen, SPORT VLAANDEREN – GUILL D’OR, 2:03:15.000
  • 59. Juliette Labous, TEAM SUNWEB, 2:03:15.000
  • 60. Julia Soek, TEAM SUNWEB, 2:03:15.000
  • 61. Karlijn Swinkels, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG – DESTIL CYCLING TEAM, 2:03:24.000
  • 62. Gabriella Shaw, TEAM WNT PRO CYCLING, 2:03:24.000
  • 63. Demmy Druyts, SPORT VLAANDEREN – GUILL D’OR, 2:03:24.000
  • 64. Ainara Elbusto Arteaga, SPAIN, 2:03:24.000
  • 65. Cristina Martinez Bonafe, LOINTEK, 2:03:24.000
  • 66. Ane Iriarte Lasa, SPAIN, 2:03:24.000
  • 67. Thalita De Jong, LARES – WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, 2:03:24.000
  • 68. Charlotte Bravard, FDJ NOUVELLE AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE, 2:03:24.000
  • 69. Pauline Allin, SAS – MACOGEP, 2:03:24.000
  • 70. Lenny Druyts, SPORT VLAANDEREN – GUILL D’OR, 2:03:24.000
  • 71. Emma Bedard, SAS – MACOGEP, 2:03:24.000
  • 72. Elizabeth Holden, DROPS, 2:03:24.000
  • 73. Teresa Ripoll Sabate, SPAIN, 2:03:24.000
  • 74. Miho Yoshikawa, BIZKAIA – DURANGO, 2:03:24.000
  • 75. Line Marie Gulliksen, HITEC PRODUCTS, 2:03:24.000
  • 76. Trine Schmidt, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, 2:03:24.000
  • 77. Annabel Simpson, DROPS, 2:03:24.000
  • 78. Elise Delzenne, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, 2:03:24.000
  • 79. Chantal Hoffmann, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, 2:03:24.000
  • 80. Francesca Pattaro, BEPINK COGEAS, 2:03:24.000
  • 81. Saartje Vandenbroucke, LARES – WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, 2:03:24.000
  • 82. Coralie Demay, FDJ NOUVELLE AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE, 2:03:24.000
  • 83. Roxane Knetemann, FDJ NOUVELLE AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE, 2:03:24.000
  • 84. Beatriu Gomez Franquet, LOINTEK, 2:03:44.000
  • 85. Emilie Moberg, HITEC PRODUCTS, 2:04:04.000
  • 86. Ilaria Sanguineti, BEPINK COGEAS, 2:04:04.000
  • 87. Malgorzata Jasinska, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, 2:04:17.000
  • 88. Krista Doebel-Hickok, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, 2:04:28.000
  • 89. Rachele Barbieri, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, 2:04:50.000
  • DNF Soraya Paladin, ALE CIPOLLINI
  • DNF Simona Frapporti, HITEC PRODUCTS
  • DNF Tereza Medvedova, BEPINK COGEAS
  • DNF Fenna Vanhoutte, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES
  • DNF Lotte Van Hoek, LARES – WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Vera Adrian, BIZKAIA – DURANGO
  • DNF Paola Andrea MuÑoz Grandon, BIZKAIA – DURANGO
  • DNF Hannah Walker, TEAM WNT PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Rebecca Carter, TEAM WNT PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Jessy Druyts, SPORT VLAANDEREN – GUILL D’OR
  • DNF Miriam Gardachal Bozal, SPAIN

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