Jolien D’hoore and Chloe Hosking take one-two in Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta
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.