D’hoore repeats success at Madrid
June 10 th 2018 - 16:50
The third edition of the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta was ridden over 87km, with 15 laps on a 5.8km route around the iconic Plaza Cibeles. 100 riders from 18 international teams were up for the challenge, most of them looking for a sprint finish on a flat terrain. The battle was immediately raging, with many riders trying to get ahead of the bunch. Cylance tried to control the bunch while Chloe Hosking (Alé-Cipollini), one of the favourites, suffered a puncture in the fifth lap.
The main breakaway of the day was formed after 31km, with a group of 15 riders. Among them, big names such as Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb), Thalite de Jong (Lares-Waowdeals) and Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-High5) were too much of a threat of the bunch. They were reeled in with 48km to go. Attacks kept flying, with Giorgia Bronzini still among the most aggressive riders.
Irena Ossola (SAS-Macogep) managed to break away on her own 34km away from the finish but she was reeled in with 29km to go. The tight race situation saw Rachele Barbieri (Cylance) dominate the intermediate sprints. Her teammate Malgorzata Jasinska went for the last move of the day and enjoyed a 10” lead over the peloton with 10km to go. She was joined by three riders for the last lap but they were caught with 3km to go and Jolien D'hoore (Wiggle High5) dominated the bunch gallop.