Bastianelli wins Ronde van Drenthe

Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling) won the Ronde van Drenthe beating Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) and Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) in a three-way sprint. Bastianelli also takes the lead in the UCI Women’s WorldTour. 

Van Dijk sparked the race-winning move when she attacked after the final stretch of cobbles. The Dutchwoman spent a number of kilometres alone before she was joined by Blaak and Bastianelli, and the three worked together to hold off the chasing group behind.

The gap was small, but the trio had done enough to hold the chasers off and contest the victory between themselves. Blaak tried to take the sprint from behind, but Bastianelli was quick to react to her and didn’t allow her to pass, beating her by a slim margin on the line.

How it happened

At 165.7 km (plus a five-kilometre neutral zone), the Ronde van Drenthe was the longest UCI Women’s WorldTour race ever. One cobblestone section had been struck from the course due to mud and rain, but this still left 22.2 km of rough cobbles in six separate sections plus three ascents of the remodelled VAM-berg. The steep climb up a landfill site now also includes 200 metres of cobbles.

Rain and wind also left their mark on the race. The first hour was raced in the pouring rain, leading to several crashes and punctures, but the sun came out later on. This and the first passage of the VAM-berg after 22 km split the peloton into five groups, the first two of which came together just before the opening cobblestone section to form a peloton of about forty riders.

Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Bigla) attacked from this group after the fourth cobblestone section, with 91 km still to go, and built an advantage of up to 1:40 minutes. Sperotto was caught again when echelons formed in the crosswinds leading up to the second passage of the VAM-berg.

Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) attacked from the leading group of sixteen riders on the steep, cobbled slopes. The Australian had a 30-second gap at the final passage of the VAM-berg with 51 km to go, winning her the special mountain prize. Behind Brown, two groups had come together to form a peloton of some 25 riders, but nobody took charge of the chase. Brown’s advantage grew to almost two minutes as she entered the penultimate cobblestone section with 25 km to go.

The rough, round cobbles were caked with mud after several days of rain, and Brown’s efforts began to take a toll on her. She came out of the 5.6 km of continuous cobbles (and mud) 1:15 minutes ahead of the chasing group, and her advantage decreased further in the headwind that followed. Brown was in sight of the chasers when she inadvertently took a wrong turn at a roundabout and was caught.

Boels Dolmans forced echelons and dropped several of the sprinters from the first group, and Blaak led the remaining twelve riders onto and through the final cobblestone section with 12 km left to race. Van Dijk attacked when the group reached asphalt with just over nine km to go and got a small gap as the other riders hesitated.

The former world time trial champion settled into an aerodynamic position and powered on while the group fell apart behind her. Blaak and Bastianelli were less than 10 seconds behind Van Dijk, but as Bastianelli did not contribute to the chase, they could not close the gap at first.

Eventually, Bastianelli started taking turns with Blaak, and they caught up with Van Dijk with four kilometres to go. Van Dijk tried a final attack but could not get away, and the trio entered the final kilometre together. Bastianelli was forced to lead the group onto the finishing straight as the two other riders stayed on her wheel, and Blaak opened the sprint. While Van Dijk did not contest the sprint and finished third, Bastianelli countered Blaak’s acceleration and could narrowly keep the Dutch champion behind herself to win.

Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) beat Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal) for fourth place in the sprint of the next group 20 seconds later.

Following her fourth place in the Strade Bianche, European champion Bastianelli is now the leader of the UCI Women’s WorldTour. Bastianelli’s teammate Sofia Bertizzolo was the best-placed U23 rider in 33rd place and takes the lead in the UCI Women’s WorldTour youth ranking that she won last year. The next race in the series is the Trofeo Alfredo Binda on Saturday 23 April.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling4:24:14
2Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek - SegafredoRow 2 - Cell 2
4Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:20
5Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 4 - Cell 2
6Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team SunwebRow 6 - Cell 2
8Kirsten Wild (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale CipolliniRow 8 - Cell 2
10Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC - Liv0:00:36
12Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:37
13Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:43
14Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:01:15
15Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini0:01:18
16Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 15 - Cell 2
17Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 16 - Cell 2
18Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek - SegafredoRow 17 - Cell 2
19Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 18 - Cell 2
20Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team WomenRow 19 - Cell 2
21Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 20 - Cell 2
22Evy Kuijpers (Ned) CCC - LivRow 21 - Cell 2
23Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 22 - Cell 2
24Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 23 - Cell 2
25Elizabeth Banks (GBr) BiglaRow 24 - Cell 2
26Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek - SegafredoRow 25 - Cell 2
27Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope0:01:54
29Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 28 - Cell 2
30Julie Leth (Den) BiglaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Janneke Ensing (Ned) Team SunwebRow 30 - Cell 2
32Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 31 - Cell 2
33Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 32 - Cell 2
34Mieke Kröger (Ger) Team Virtu CyclingRow 33 - Cell 2
35Amber Van Der Hulst (Ned) Netherlands0:03:00
36Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:03:01
37Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 36 - Cell 2
38Eva Buurman (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Roxane Fournier (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 38 - Cell 2
40Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Hitec Products - Birk SportRow 39 - Cell 2
41Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-Sram RacingRow 40 - Cell 2
42Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 41 - Cell 2
43Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 42 - Cell 2
44Danielle Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:04:11
45Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team SunwebRow 44 - Cell 2
46Sandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Bizkaia - DurangoRow 45 - Cell 2
47Jelena Erić (Srb) Ale CipolliniRow 46 - Cell 2
48Nina Kessler (Ned) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:04:21
DNFChristine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 48 - Cell 2
DNFKarlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale CipolliniRow 49 - Cell 2
DNFNadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 50 - Cell 2
DNFNicole Hanselmann (Swi) BiglaRow 51 - Cell 2
DNFMaria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BiglaRow 52 - Cell 2
DNFMartina Alzini (Ita) BiglaRow 53 - Cell 2
DNFValerie Demey (Bel) CCC - LivRow 54 - Cell 2
DNFMarta Lach (Pol) CCC - LivRow 55 - Cell 2
DNFJeanne Korevaar (Ned) CCC - LivRow 56 - Cell 2
DNFRiejanne Markus (Ned) CCC - LivRow 57 - Cell 2
DNFVictorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 58 - Cell 2
DNFCoralie Demay (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 59 - Cell 2
DNFEmilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 60 - Cell 2
DNFGreta Richioud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 61 - Cell 2
DNFMaëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 62 - Cell 2
DNFJessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 63 - Cell 2
DNFLucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 64 - Cell 2
DNFNina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 65 - Cell 2
DNFLorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 66 - Cell 2
DNFFemke Markus (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 67 - Cell 2
DNFMarit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 68 - Cell 2
DNFEsther Van Veen (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 69 - Cell 2
DNFIngrid Drexel Clouthier (Mex) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 70 - Cell 2
DNFKendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFRozanne Slik (Ned) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 72 - Cell 2
DNFBarbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 73 - Cell 2
DNFTrine Schmidt (Den) Team Virtu CyclingRow 74 - Cell 2
DNFKatarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu CyclingRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFLauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek - SegafredoRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFAbigail Van Twisk (GBr) Trek - SegafredoRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFAnna Plichta (Pol) Trek - SegafredoRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFElisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFMarta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFDalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFSilvia Persico (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFSarah Rijkes (Aut) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFErica Magnaldi (Ita) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFLea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFLara Vieceli (Ita) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFHenrietta Colborne (GBr) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFMerel Hofman (Ned) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFRoos Hoogeboom (Ned) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFMelanie Klement (Ned) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFNatalie Van Gogh (Ned) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFNienke Wasmus (Ned) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFAinara Elbusto Arteaga (Spa) Bizkaia - DurangoRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFNatalie Grinczer (GBr) Bizkaia - DurangoRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFLuisa Ibarrola Albizua (Spa) Bizkaia - DurangoRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFIsabel Martin Martin (Spa) Bizkaia - DurangoRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFAroa Gorostiza Ulloa (Spa) Bizkaia - DurangoRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFGrace Garner (GBr) Hitec Products - Birk SportRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFLucy Garner (GBr) Hitec Products - Birk SportRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFAmalie Lutro (Nor) Hitec Products - Birk SportRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFChanella Stougje (Ned) Hitec Products - Birk SportRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFLonneke Uneken (Ned) Hitec Products - Birk SportRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFDemi De Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFChantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFThi That Nguyen (Vie) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFLourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFGloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFAlba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFSusanne Andersen (Nor) Team SunwebRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFJulia Soek (Ned) Team SunwebRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFEva Bijwaard (Ned) NetherlandsRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFMaaike Boogaard (Ned) NetherlandsRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFCathalijne Hoolwerf (Ned) NetherlandsRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFEva Jonkers (Ned) NetherlandsRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFAnne Tauber (Ned) NetherlandsRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFSara Mustonen (Swe) Health Mate - Ladies TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFEsther Meisels (Isr) Health Mate - Ladies TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFKathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate - Ladies TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFChristina Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate - Ladies TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFKirstie Van Haaften (Ned) Health Mate - Ladies TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFKylie Waterreus (Ned) Health Mate - Ladies TeamRow 122 - Cell 2

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