Audrey Cordon-Ragot takes solo victory at Drentse Acht van Westerveld
Mar 16 2019 12:04 am CET

Audrey Cordon-Ragot takes solo victory at Drentse Acht van Westerveld
Audrey Cordon-Ragot takes solo victory at Drentse Acht van Westerveld
Photo of Audrey Cordon-Ragot (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Audrey Cordon-Ragot of Trek-Segafredo has won the Drentse Acht van Westerveld. The French rider attacked in the final kilometers to take an impressive solo victory.

The Dutch UCI 1.2 race was 145 kilometers long and took place in and around the town of Dwingeloo, in the province of Drenthe. Literally standing out in the route was the VAMberg, a man-made 'mountain' with a height of around 40 kilometers, on what used to be a large garbage dump.

Circumstances were extremely difficult for the riders, with strong wind causing problems for many. A lead group formed with Ellen van Dijk and Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo), Alexis Ryan and Lisa Klein (Canyon-SRAM), Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-Scott), Amy Pieters and Jolien D'hoore (Boels-Dolmans), Marta Bastianelli (Virtu) and Evy Kuijpers (CCC Liv).

This group quickly built a decisive lead but was reduced to eight when D'Hoore crashed on the first descent of the VAMberg. Initial reports indicated that the Belgian may have fractured her collarbone.

At the half-way point of the race, only about 40 riders were left in the race as all groups behind the first chase group were taken out of competition.

And as the finale approached, the chase group was also asked to get off their bikes as the gap with the eight leaders continued to grow, as such leaving only eight riders in competition.

With about seven kilometers to go, Trek-Segafredo's Cordon-Ragot attacked and quickly built a lead of close to a minute. As her teammate Van Dijk controlled things in the chase group, Cordon-Ragot went on to take the first ever French victory at the Drentse Acht.

Pieters won the sprint for second place ahead of Bastianelli, last year's winner Ryan and Elvin.




COMMENTS



POLL


Loading Poll...
JOIN OUR TEAM!


Have you always wanted to write about cycling? Click HERE to contact us!
THE LATEST CYCLING NEWS IN YOUR MAILBOX


Enter your email address: