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The UCI Women's WorldTour Chronicle

2017 Ronde van Vlaanderen
2017 Ronde van Vlaanderen

– What happened? –

Just two weeks after winning Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio, Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) took her second victory of the 2017 UCI Women's WorldTour and fulfilled the dream of every cyclist at the infamous Ronde van Vlaanderen.

"I died a couple of deaths, but made it back for the sprint," she said after being dropped on both the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg, but still sprinting to victory in Oudenaarde ahead of Gracie Elvin (Orica Scott) and Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam).

With two victories and a third place at Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields in between, Rivera also took the purple jersey of the UCIWWT overall leader from Elisa Longo Borghini. She has a 60-point lead over Elena Cecchini (Canyon SRAM Racing) now.
The blue jersey of the best young rider remains on the shoulders of Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Cervelo-Bigla Pro Cycling Team), who finished twelfth in Oudenaarde. Full rankings.

– What's next? –

Sunday, April 16: Amstel Gold Race (the Netherlands)

 

- Photo of the week -

Pauline Ferrand Prévôt on Muur van Geraardsbergen at the Women's Ronde van Vlaanderen 2017

– Focus on Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz –

Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (center)

Spanish rider Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz, 23, started cycling at the age of six at her aunt and uncle’s cycling school, racing against boys throughout her youth. At 17, she came 6th in the Juniors’ race at her first UCI Road World Championships (Copenhagen in 2011). After three years with the Spanish team Lointek, she joined Cylance Pro Cycling, winning won GP Plumelec in 2015. "She is a similar rider to Chantal Blaak: a fast classics rider," says Sports Director Manel Lacambra. "Sheyla could be a future winner of Flanders, but needs a couple more years." This season the psychology student won Le Samyn des Dames. At the Ronde van Vlaanderen she led the second group to finish 20th, ahead of UCI World Champion Amalie Dideriksen.

Follow Gutierrez Ruizz on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sheyarcoiris.

 

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