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Elena Cecchini third at BeNe Ladies Tour

Yesterday the last stage of the BeNe Ladies Tour took place. It was a stage of 115.1 kilometres with start and finish in Zelzate. Italian champion Elena Cecchini had to defend the third place on GC.

The riders covered a big loop of just over forty kilometres before they started the first of six local laps of twelve kilometres. In the big loop lay two cobblestone sectors, one of 1000 metres and one of 700 metres. The cobbles caused a split in the peloton. Before the first local lap Judith Bloem managed to get away on her own. Six riders bridged the gap on the local circuit. The seven riders got caught, the Lotto Soudal Ladies were one of the teams chasing.

In the fourth lap Alison Tetrick attacked, she was 22 seconds behind Elena on GC. Despite the chase of Lotto Soudal and Wiggle – Honda the American rider could stay ahead and won. Twelve seconds later Lucy Garner finished second, Chloe Hosking was third. Stage winner Alison Tetrick, who gained ten bonus seconds at the finish, became fourth in the overall ranking, only one second behind Cecchini who remained third. Elena Cecchini could step on the podium next to overall winner Jolien D’hoore. Floortje Mackaij was second. Anouk Rijff, thirteenth on GC, was the second best young rider, 49 seconds behind Mackaij.

Elena Cecchini: “I feel good after the Giro Rosa. It was good for me to ride ten days in a row, I really benefit from it now. On the first day of this BeNe Ladies Tour I wanted to anticipate because we had a time trial on Saturday. It wasn’t possible to beat Jolien D’hoore last Friday, I was third in Philippine. In the last stage my teammates did a good job chasing down the breakaway. I’m really grateful for their work. It was close, I am only one second ahead of Tetrick. I was a bit lucky, but I’m very happy with this result. Sunday I will ride La Course. It will be very difficult to avoid a bunch sprint in Paris, but I’d like to try.”

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