Every year I’m excited for the Ronde van Drenthe, and it never fails to disappoint! Of course, having around 50km of live streams and all the great highlights from different sources makes it easy to love, but really, this course sets us up for exciting racing, even on a day with absolutely no wind.
It’s all about positioning, as the roads are very narrow, with tight corners, so the race to the major course obstacles are full-on sprints. And these obstacles are tough, too: the unique cobbled paths in the forests, with mossy and sharp-edged rocks, rather than well-laid cobbles, and the three ascents of the VAM-berg, and artificial hill entirely made from landfill (read about it in Rouleur). And while the rest of it is flat, it’s know for tactical attacking throughout the race, but especially through the last 20k.
This year was fantastic, nail-biting right to the finish. Here’s the videos – UCI highlights, last half hour, and full replay.
1. Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels-Dolmans, 3:51:17
2. Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM, s.t.
3. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Sunweb, s.t.
4. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle-High5, + 00:02
5. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) ORICA-Scott, + 00:07
6. Jolien D’hoore (Bel) Wiggle-High5, + 00:09
7. Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Energie, s.t.
8. Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops, s.t.
9. Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels-Dolmans, s.t.
10. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Alé Cipollini, s.t.
So how did winner Amalie Dideriksen feel? Felix Mattis asked her after the race – and there’s another video interview with Dideriksen on the WielerFlits youtube. Read her words, too, in the Boels Dolmans race report.
Third-placed Lucinda Brand has this great, honest interview – and read her comments on the Team Sunweb race report, with photos. There’s another video interview with Brand, in Dutch, on the WielerFlits youtube.
Read the race report on Cyclingnews. And Ella Cycling Tips has the race from local rider Janneke Ensing‘s point of view. Team report from ORICA-Scott.
More videos and tweets
Wiggle High5’s team video:
Ellen van Dijk on her attacking:
Fan-made roadside video, including cobbles!
On-bike footage from WM3 Procycling’s Jeanne Korevaar
As always, if you see more media and videos, please do share, in the comments, or on twitter.
The next women’s WorldTour is the Trofeo Alfredo Binda on 19th March, which will have some fixed cameras on the finish-line, for semi-live footage, and should have around 45 minutes of highlights on RAI Sport later in the day – I’ll put a guide to following the race up during the week.
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