27.05.2023 World-Tour, News, Race news
CHLOE DYGERT WINS STAGE 2 OF RIDE LONDON CLASSIQUE
Chloé Dygert delivered CANYON//SRAM Racing’s first world tour victory of the season when she stormed to victory today on stage two of Ride London Classique. Dygert was set up perfectly by her teammates in the final, with Maike van der Duin leading the race solo after a late attack, forcing other teams to chase. Maike was only caught within the final kilometre, where Soraya Paladin quickly took over and led out Chloé to perfection. Soraya was still able to restart her sprint and finish in third place, making it two riders on the podium for the CANYON//SRAM Racing.
“It’s exciting to get the win. I’m happy that we could work together and finally pull something off after being close many times,” said Chloé after the finish, who claims her first-ever world tour win.
“With Maike ahead, we really were in control and in the best position to win the stage from every scenario. Her attack meant that Soraya and I could be led perfectly into the final.”
Chloé explained, “We were trying to stay as calm as possible when Maike was leading. Soraya and I didn’t really need to communicate; we both knew what we needed to do in the final. When Maike was caught, Soraya kept the pace high and led me into the last corner. I came passed Lizzie’s wheel and overtook Soraya, who then left a gap which meant I had the speed while others had to come around her. It was a perfect team effort, and we’re all very happy to get this win. I can’t say enough how much it was a team effort.”
Soraya added, “We rode committed for the win today. Maike’s attack was at a good time. No one was expecting her to do that, and it put the teams under pressure on how to react. Chloé and I sat on the wheels and put pressure on the others. When the gap was closed to Maike, I started my lead out from the bottom of the climb. I rode as hard as I could, and when Chloé came around, I left a gap in the corner, and when Lizzie came passed me, I started my sprint again for third place.”
“We had Alice, Alex and Roy all working hard to position the team well in the first part of the stage. When the fireworks came, we were feeling good and had cards to play with me, Maike and Chloé all there. The entire team raced well today, and we need to thank our staff for their part in the victory.”
Going into tomorrow’s final stage, Chloé is now third on the general classification, at +10 seconds behind leader Charlotte Kool (DSM). Soraya is equal on the mountain classification though there are no points on offer in tomorrow’s final stage circuit around central London.
HOW TO WATCH
The final stage of Ride London Classique starts at 16:30CEST and can be followed on Twitter with #RideLondon. The live broadcast on GCN, Eurosport and BBC starts at 17:00CEST.