Pieters wins Ronde van Drenthe

Ryan and Hosking round out the podium

Dutchwoman Amy Pieters continued the Women's WorldTour winning streak for Boels Dolmans when she won the sprint of some 30 riders after a hard-fought race at the Ronde van Drenthe. Alexis Ryan (Canyon-SRAM) finished second and Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini) was third. Strade Bianche winner Anna van der Breggen remains the UCI Women's WorldTour leader due to her 21st place.

A peloton of 134 riders from 23 teams started the 157km race that included several cobblestone sections, four ascents of the short-but-steep VAM-berg, and wind-exposed roads. Louise Norman Hansen (Team Virtu Cycling) and Annelies Dom (Lotto Soudal Ladies) got away in the first kilometres, but their breakaway was cut short after 20 km when they were misled by a police motorbike.

The cobblestone sections began soon afterwards, featuring the round, often slippery cobbles special to Drenthe. Racing single-file across the cobbles at high speed, the peloton split into several small groups. The gaps were small, and the groups merged and split again a number of times.

Things got back together after the sixth cobblestone section on the way to the VAM-berg. But the 380-metre, 9 per cent climb up a landfill site again split the race into four groups that chased each other around the 7km circuit around the climb. On the final ascent Anouska Koster (WaowDeals) attacked; she was joined by Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) and Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-Scott) on the descent, but the trio was reeled in quickly.

Two of the three remaining cobblestone sections were cut as they were in too bad a shape to be raced, shortening the race by about three kilometres. Margarita Victoria Garcia (Movistar Team Women) went solo and kept a slender advantage for some time before she too was caught. A crash in a slippery turn brought down world champion Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) who eventually abandoned, and in the confusion after the crash Mitchelton-Scott put the hammer down into the last cobblestone section.

On the last 30 kilometres, there were attacks or feints by many riders at the front of the peloton, trying to get away in smaller moves or just to make the race hard to tire the sprinters. The final 15 km on two laps of a finishing circuit in Hoogeveen were particularly hard with an almost-continuous flurry of attacks. Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-Scott) was prominent in closing down a number of moves. Then the Australian went on the attack herself, opened a small gap of less than 10 seconds, but was caught at the start of the final lap.

Although there was no shortage of attacks on the final lap, including a dangerous move by Pieters, Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5), Lisa Brennauer (Wiggle High5), Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb, and Soraya Paladin (Alé Cipollini), the race eventually came down to a sprint. A crash with three kilometres to go took out Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo-Bigla), and going into the final turn Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM) led out the sprint.

With a tailwind, Pieters launched early, with 350 metres to go. Only Ryan could stay in her wheel, but Pieters held on all the way to the line to take a Dutch home victory. Chloe Hosking came from behind Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) to round out the podium. With a 21st place behind her Boels Dolmans teammate, Anna van der Breggen keeps the lead in the UCI Women's WorldTour classification ahead of the Trofeo Alfredo Binda next Sunday.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam4:06:44 
2Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon // Sram Racing  
3Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini0:00:01 
4Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
5Marianne Vos (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
6Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb  
7Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team  
8Roxane Fournier (Fra) Fdj Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope  
9Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb  
10Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb  
11Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Mitchelton Scott  
12Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
13Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon // Sram Racing  
14Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle High5  
15Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products - Birk Sport  
16Valerie Demey (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
17Janneke Ensing (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
18Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women  
19Demi De Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
20Eileen Roe (GBr) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling Team0:00:09 
21Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
22Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5  
23Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
24Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
25Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Pbm  
26Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Fdj Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope  
27Mieke Kröger (Ger) Team Virtu Cycling  
28Danielle Rowe (GBr) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
29Ganna Solovei (Ukr) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:00:13 
30Julie Leth (Den) Wiggle High5  
31Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:00:15 
32Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
33Riejanne Markus (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
34Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon // Sram Racing  
35Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipollini  
36Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:18 
37Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:00:22 
38Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:00:25 
39Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
40Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Fdj Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope0:01:57 
41Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:02:06 
42Emma Cecilie Norsgaard Jørgensen (Den) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
43Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:02:28 
44Kirsten Wild (Ned) Wiggle High5  
45Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton Scott  
46Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Btc City Ljubljana0:03:16 
47Anouska Koster (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:03:18 
48Marjolein Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
49Sara Mustonen Lichan (Swe) Experza - Footlogix  
50Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
51Margarita Victo Garcia Cañellas (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
52Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu Cycling  
53Emilie Moberg (Nor) Team Virtu Cycling  
54Rozanne Slik (Ned) Fdj Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope0:03:23 
55Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
56Susanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products - Birk Sport  
57Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
58Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women0:03:30 
59Christina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu Cycling0:03:32 
60Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb  
61Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:03:40 
62Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
63Nicole Steigenga (Ned) Netherlands  
64Danique Braam (Ned) Netherlands  
65Danielle Christmas (GBr) Bizkaia Durango - Euskadi Murias  
66Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:03:43 
67Nina Kessler (Ned) Hitec Products - Birk Sport  
68Esther Van Veen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
69Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Pbm  
70Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
71Elise Maes (Lux) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
72Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
73Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Fdj Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope  
74Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar Pbm  
75Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
76Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
77Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products - Birk Sport  
78Jelena Eric (Srb) Cylance Pro Cycling0:03:45 
79Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
80Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon // Sram Racing0:03:49 
81Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon // Sram Racing  
82Christa Riffel (Ger) Canyon // Sram Racing  
83Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products - Birk Sport  
DNFSkylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
DNFMartina Alzini (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
DNFAmiliya Iskakova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team  
DNFJeydy Pradera Bernal (Cub) Astana Women's Team  
DNFNatalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team  
DNFEugenia Bujak (Slo) Btc City Ljubljana  
DNFAnastasiia Iakovenko (Rus) Btc City Ljubljana  
DNFCorinna Lechner (Ger) Btc City Ljubljana  
DNFUrska Pintar (Slo) Btc City Ljubljana  
DNFMia Radotic (Cro) Btc City Ljubljana  
DNFLotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFNicole Hanselmann (Swi) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFHolly Breck (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFSheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFMarcella Mahfuz Toldi (Bra) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFGreta Richioud (Fra) Fdj Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFLine Marie Gulliksen (Nor) Hitec Products - Birk Sport  
DNFLucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFBarbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFLouise Norman Hansen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFMaria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar Pbm  
DNFSilvia Persico (Ita) Valcar Pbm  
DNFIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar Pbm  
DNFNathalie Bex (Bel) Experza - Footlogix  
DNFThalita De Jong (Ned) Experza - Footlogix  
DNFJessy Druyts (Bel) Experza - Footlogix  
DNFTrine Holmsgaard (Den) Experza - Footlogix  
DNFAxelle Dubau-Prevot (Fra) Experza - Footlogix  
DNFAnnelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFIsabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFGloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
DNFAnne De Ruiter (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFLex Albrecht (Can) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFEmma Grant (GBr) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFShannon Malseed (Aus) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFKendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFHayley Jones (GBr) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
DNFNatalie Grinczer (GBr) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
DNFAafke Soet (Ned) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
DNFLea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
DNFLoes Adegeest (Ned) Netherlands  
DNFMelanie Klement (Ned) Netherlands  
DNFEvy Kuijpers (Ned) Netherlands  
DNFMareille Meijering (Ned) Netherlands  
DNFSandra Alonso (Spa) Bizkaia Durango - Euskadi Murias  
DNFLucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Bizkaia Durango - Euskadi Murias  
DNFHenrietta Colborne (GBr)  
DNFCristina Martinez Bonafe (Spa) Bizkaia Durango - Euskadi Murias  
DNFAnna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) Bizkaia Durango - Euskadi Murias  
DNFRachele Barbieri (Ita) Wiggle High5  
DNFLucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5  

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