Blaak wins Ronde van Drenthe

Boels-Dolmans rider tops Elvin in second WorldTour round

Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) continued her run of good form with a commanding victory in the Boels Ronde van Drenthe, the second round of the inaugural UCI Women's WorldTour.

Following on her victory in Le Samyn des Dames and second in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Blaak topped Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS) and Ladies Tour of Qatar winner Trixi Worrack (Canyon SRAM), but it was fourth-placed Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) who will take over the WorldTour lead after round 1 winner, world champion Lizzie Armitstead, abandoned the race due to illness.

Blaak, Elvin, Worrack and Van der Breggen changed up the usual tactics for the Dutch race, which features a series of cobblestone sections in the first half, then a circuit that traverses the man-made VAM-berg twice before the finishing circuit.

In recent years, the VAM-berg has been the launching pad for the successful breakaways, but this time it was the final cobblestone sprint that fractured the peloton and created the winning move.

Blaak pushed the pace to claim the pavé sprint with 61km to go, and once she was joined by Elvin, Worrack, and Van der Breggen, all of the major teams except Wiggle-High5 were represented.

A number of crashes in the chasing group only served to extend their lead to over two minutes by the time they crested the VAM-berg for the final time, and it became clear they would stay away until the finish.

The four worked together smoothly until the final circuit, when all were on high alert for attacks. Van der Breggen tried a small surge coming into the final kilometer, but was deftly marked by Blaak. It wasn't until the final bend that Elvin attempted to surprise the others with an early sprint, but Blaak was too powerful, and ran her down before the line.

As Blaak celebrated her victory, Worrack and Van der Breggen fought to the line, and the German took the final podium spot with a well-timed bike throw.

Van der Breggen, the only rider of the four to feature in Strade Bianche, the opening WorldTour round, where she was fifth, took over the WorldTour lead from Armitstead, who remains second overall.

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Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team3:36:13 
2Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS  
3Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon-SRAM  
4Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
5Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé Cipollini0:01:49 
6Shelley Olds (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
7Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
8Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products  
9Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-AIS  
10Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur  
11Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-AIS  
12Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM  
13Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
14Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High5  
15Emily Collins (NZl) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
16Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
17Carmen Small (USA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
18Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
19Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata  
20Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
21Anna Trevisi (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
22Elizabeth Williams (Aus) Orica-AIS  
23Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
24Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5  
25Lotta Lepist… (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
26Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
27Lauren Stephens (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
28Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM  
29Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
30Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM  
31Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
32Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) INPA - Bianchi  
33Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
34Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Astana Pro Team  
35Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
36Kaat Van Der Meulen (Bel) Lensworld-Zannata  
37Aude Biannic (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
38Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
39Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
40Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Lensworld-Zannata  
41Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
42Kaat Hannes (Bel) Lensworld-Zannata  
43Nikki Harris (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
44Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products  
45Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon-SRAM  
46Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
47Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
48Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur  
49Joelle Numainville (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
50Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM  
51Simona Bortolotti (Ita) Bepink  
52Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Women  
53Valerie Demey (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
54Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Alé Cipollini  
55Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
56Willeke Knol (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
57Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products  
58Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Alé Cipollini  
59Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
60Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
61Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
62Loren Rowney (Aus) Orica-AIS  
63Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
64Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
65Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
66Tayler Wiles (USA) Orica-AIS  
67Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High5  
68Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
69Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
70Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle High5  
71Lara Vieceli (Ita) INPA - Bianchi0:04:35 
DNFAnouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
DNFElizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
DNFThea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
DNFJanicke Gunvaldsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
DNFValentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFSheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFDoris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFRachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFAlison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFLauren Hall (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFLauren Komanski (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFJoanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFBrianna Walle (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFKyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
DNFMolly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur  
DNFCoryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women  
DNFDiana Pe„Uela (Col) UnitedHealthcare Women  
DNFAnnie Ewart (Can) UnitedHealthcare Women  
DNFAbigail Mickey (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women  
DNFKatie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women  
DNFEllen Skerritt (Aus) Alé Cipollini  
DNFCoralie Demay (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
DNFCharlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
DNFLex Albrecht (Can) Bepink  
DNFLenore Pipes (Gum) Bepink  
DNFIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink  
DNFTereza Medvedova (Svk) Bepink  
DNFKseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Astana Pro Team  
DNFFanny Riberot (Fra) Astana Pro Team  
DNFNatalya Sokovnina (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFSvetlana Vasilieva (Rus) Astana Pro Team  
DNFArianna Fidanza (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFAnouk Rijff (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFChantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFJip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFJanneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFEsra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFGanna Solovei (Ukr) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFAnna Plichta (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFJelena Eric (Srb) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFOlena Pavlukhina (Aze) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFMia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFWinanda Spoor (Ned) Lensworld-Zannata  
DNFMaaike Polspoel (Bel) Lensworld-Zannata  
DNFDemmy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
DNFJessy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
DNFGilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
DNFSara Olsson (Swe) INPA - Bianchi  
DNFAngela Maffeis (Ita) INPA - Bianchi  
DNFClaudia Cretti (Ita) INPA - Bianchi  
DNFMichela Pavin (Ita) INPA - Bianchi  
DNFKelly Markus (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
DNFLotte Van Hoek (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
DNFEileen Roe (GBr) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
DNFPia De Quint (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
DNFGabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFNicole Hanselmann (Swi) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFIlaria Bonomi (Ita) Bepink  
DNFDorleta Eskamendi Gil (Spa) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  

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