Chloe Hosking took her first European win of the season at Drentse Acht van Westerveld on Sunday. The 143-kilometre Dutch one-day classic ended in a reduced bunch sprint in Dwingeloo. Hosking won by a comfortable margin over Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal Ladies) and world champion Amalie Dideriksen (Boels-Dolmans).
As I alluded to in my last blog post, even though the entire peloton may have felt like we had aged about 50 years after Omloop het Nieuwsblad we lined up to race the next day in another Belgian classic; Omloop van het Hageland.
There is no soft opening in bike racing. When the season starts we all turn into blood thirsty vampires hungry for a kill — or a win in non-metaphorical language — like a plague has run rampant through the peloton.
Chloe Hosking exceeded expectations at the Santos Women’s Tour where she sprinted to one stage victory and two stage podiums to earn the green points classification jersey.
“It lets me know on I’m the right track,” said Hosking. “The TDU was never a target for me. To come away so successful is a really pleasant surprise. It’s definitely something that I will use to motivate my training for the next few weeks leading into the spring. I want to have some really big results in the classics, and these results in Australia show me I’m on the right track.”
Chloe Hosking proved fastest in a two-women drag race to win the third stage of the Santos Women’s Tour. The victory in Lyndoch on Monday solidified Hosking’s hold on the sprint leader’s jersey that she earned following her third-place finish on stage two.
Chloe Hosking has been dreaming of rainbows since the 2016 UCI Road World Championships were awarded to Doha, Qatar three years ago.
Sprint friendly courses don’t come along often, and Hosking knew that the winning a world title in the Qatari desert might present her only opportunity to pull on the coveted rainbow jersey.
“I wasn’t quiet about it,” Hosking said. “I went in wanting the rainbows.”
Australian Chloe Hosking crowned a perfect weekend for Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling – after Elisa Longo Borghini’s victory in Saturday’s Giro dell’Emilia – as she won the GP Beghelli, as the 79km race finished in a bunch sprint. The 25-year-old La Course winner overcame multiple World Champion Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) in the finishing straight, with the Dutchwoman holding off Italian Barbara Guarischi (Canyon-SRAM) in the battle for second place.
Prioritising “unorthodox approach” to her season, Chloe Hosking joins Alé Cipollini Galassia in 2017
Australian Chloe Hosking announced on Thursday that she has signed a one-year deal with Italian-registered Alé Cipollini Galassia for the 2017 season. The 25-year-old has raced with Wiggle High5 for the last two seasons. She turned professional with Team Columbia (HTC-Highroad) in 2010.
“I don’t like standing still,” said Hosking. “It’s time to move on.”
Cycling Australia announce today the 31-rider squad for the 2016 UCI Road World Championships in Doha Qatar, from 9-16 October.
With Australia claiming more than 20 wins – including five at the World Tour level – in the women’s peloton in 2016, Australia’s seven-rider team is packed with talent.
Chloe Hosking (ACT) has six wins in 2016, including La Course and a stage at the Giro Rosa as well as a being prolific podium finisher at the Ladies Tour of Qatar.
Joining Hosking in the seven rider strong squad will be reigning national time trial champion Katrin Garfoot (QLD), who recently claimed a win in the Chrono Champenois and a top ten in the Olympic time trial.
Rio Olympian Gracie Elvin (ACT) and Tiffany Cromwell (SA) have both had success at the Tour of Qatar and bring strength to the team with Loren Rowney (QLD) and Lauren Kitchen (NSW) adding further experience.
Sarah Roy (NSW) makes her World Championship debut after claiming her first win in Europe at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour.
“This has obviously been a target for me for some time,” Hosking said. “It’s exciting that it’s all starting to come together. I think for the course in Qatar Australia has selected a really strong team.”
The Doha World Championships will only be Hosking’s second senior World Championships. She last represented Australia at the World Chanpionships in 2011 in Copenhagen where she finished sixth.
“It has been a long time between drinks that’s for sure!” she said. “It has been a few years since there was a sprinter friendly course and it will probably be another few years again after Qatar so I want to make the most of the opportunity I have now.”
Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Jolien D’hoore and Chloe Hosking finished an incredible first and second in the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, the final event of the 2016 Women’s WorldTour, on the Paseo del Prado in the centre of the Spanish capital. D’hoore was expertly led into the finishing straight by Hosking, but both were separated as riders from rival teams launched their sprints in all directions. Hosking followed a move from Boels-Dolmans rider Chantal Blaak while D’hoore bided her time before launching herself up the middle of the road.
The 87km race, around the fast, predominantly flat 5.8km circuit, was subject to numerous attacks from the very start. Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Amy Pieters and Audrey Cordon-Ragot were involved in several moves, and were on hand to police others, along with Spanish teammate Anna Sanchis.
It was not until the latter stages though, that a break managed to get more than a few seconds clear, when Claudia Lichtenberg (Lotto-Soudal) and Simona Frapporti (Lensworld-Zannata) escaped. The two riders were able to get around 30 seconds clear, but were steadily reeled in on the final lap as the dominant sprinters’ teams worked together to chase them down.
A huge turn on the front from Wiggle High5’s former two-time Junior World Champion Lucy Garner set Pieters, Hosking and D’hoore up into the final corners and, as the other sprint teams began their lead outs, the Belgian and Australian proved themselves to be the class of the field.
“There was a big train from Boels-Dolmans, there were there with the whole team in front, and then Amy Pieters was behind them, then Chloe and me,” D’hoore explained. “Amy did a really amazing job to keep us in front, for the whole last lap.
“She also caught the two leaders in the last lap. She was super strong, and I think without Amy we wouldn’t have been there in the end.
“Audrey also did an amazing job. Their job was to be in breakaways and to just be there in the race, so me and Chloe could save ourselves. Audrey, and Lucy – and also Anna for her home crowd – we did a perfect team race!” D’hoore finished.
“It was pretty special to finish one-two in Madrid,” Chloe said. “It was a new race for me which is a novelty and really exciting to see more women’s race run in conjunction with major men’s events.”
Hosking will next line up with the Wiggle High5 team when they race in Italy on the 23rd and 24th of September.