22 March 2018
CHLOE HOSKING SECOND IN DE PANNE
The Australian star caressed the victory in the first edition of the Driedaagse Brugge - De Panne, stage 4 of the Women’s World Tour 2018, ending behind the Belgian National Champion Jolien D’Hoore.
The bad weather conditions, have characterized the race of today, 151.7 windy and rainy kms from Bruges to De Panne. Romy Kasper is in the breakaway of the day winning the intermediate sprint classification, and in the race some big crashes happened due to the wind. In the final two laps of 15 kms the gap between the front and the peloton leaded by the all the ]YellowFluoOrange girls decreased until less than one minute and the attack by Mieke Kroger risked to changed the plans. Knetemann and Ensing first, then Paladin and Bastianelli go to take the breakaway in the first places of the peloton, Kroger must give up at just 800 meters from the finish. Marta Bastianelli launched a powerful sprint for Chloe Hosking who ended second: her result puts now herself in place 3 of the General World Tour Classification after four stages with 250 points, behind Katarzyna Niewiadoma and Chantal Blaak. The Alè - Cipollini squad is 4th in the WWT Team Ranking with 519 points, and sixth in the general one, with 2059 points.
Fortunato Lacquaniti said after the race: “We arrived a few away from the win but the Team did an impressive work staying in the front of the peloton. The first place in the Women’s World Tour is very close, and we can come closer this sunday at the Gent - Wevelgem.”
RESULTS 1. DRIEDAAGSE BRUGES - DE PANNE UCI WWT:
1. Jolien D’Hoore
2. Chloe HOSKING
3. Christine Majerus
49. Marta BASTIANELLI
53. Roxane KNETEMANN
63. Romy KASPER
68. Soraya PALADIN
74. Janneke ENSING
Photo (c) Anton Vos