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Krista Doebel-Hickok wins Tour des Pyrénées

Krista Doebel-Hickok took the yellow leader's jersey on stage 1 and held it to overall victory after stage 3
Krista Doebel-Hickok (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB) took the yellow leader's jersey on stage 1 and held it to overall victory after stage 3 (Image credit: EF Education-TIBCO-SVB)

Krista Doebel-Hickok (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB) secured the overall title at the inaugural CIC Tour Féminin International des Pyrénées while Silvia Zanardi (BePink) took the stage 3 win in Lourdes on Sunday. 

EF Education-TIBCO-SVB controlled the entire race from the opening team time trial, which put Emily Newsom in the first leader’s jersey. From there, Doebel-Hickok dominated on the three road stages and secured the mountains and points classifications along with the GC victory.

Eri Yonamine (Human Powered Health) held on to second overall while Ricarda Bauernfeind (Canyon-SRAM) was third and earned the best young rider's jersey. 

The final day of racing saw multiple attacks and all the moves were covered by the EF Education-TIBCO-SVB team - Clara Honsinger, Sara Poidevin, Emily Newsom, Zoe Bäckstedt, and Emma Langley.

"We took home three jerseys and three stage wins. This team can be so proud of how we rode," Doebel-Hickok said.

“I have nothing but good things to say about my teammates and Daniel, our sport director, was fantastic on the radio. The instructions that Daniel was giving us tactically and also about the roads were just spot on. It was a full team effort, staff and riders. It was just really cool to see everyone come together and see what we could accomplish. I think the riders and staff and the whole organization will take a lot of energy from this, just seeing how we really can make a mark.”

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