• Jolien D'hoore wins the women's 2018 Driedaagse de Panne beating Aussie Chloe Hosking and Christine Majerus in the bunch sprint (Getty)Source: Getty
She didn't have time for a victory salute in the hard fought bunch sprint but Jolien D'hoore had time to smile over her first victory for new team Mitchelton-Scott at the fourth women's WorldTour race of 2018.
Cycling Central

23 Mar 2018 - 10:27 AM  UPDATED 26 Mar 2018 - 10:03 AM

Spurred on by her home country's typically bad weather, narrow roads and teammate Gracie Elvin's time out in the break, Belgian D'Hoore had the legs after 151 kilometres to outsprint Australian Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipolini) and Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) on the line in De Panne. 

Resplendent in the Belgian national jersey, the 28-year-old said she was mainly concentrating on a final bunch sprint.  

"It was a very nervous race," D'Hoore said. "I was not sure if we were going to catch the front riders so I just focused on the sprint, even if it was for the seventh or eighth place, that didn’t matter. When we were sprinting I didn’t know if it was for the first place or not.”

"There was a lot of wind today and that occasionally caused splits. It is the first time that we can start here in this race, so it was a new course for everyone and in the end no team really took matters into their own hands. That made it very chaotic, especially the last corner.”

"I already knew that my condition was very good, but I had little luck in the past races. So today and for Sunday (Gent-Wevelgem) I would like to continue this."

Ronde van Drenthe: Pieters prevails at home, Hosking podiums
Dutch fans had plenty to cheer about at its women's WorldTour race, Ronde van Drenthe as Dutchwoman Amy Pieters delivered victory for Dutch team Boels Dolmans. Australia's Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini) finished third.

It was Hosking's second podium this year in a WorldTour race, her fourth this European season. 

Earlier, Elvin escaped with 14 other riders in the first 20 kilometres to form the break of the day. While this group's lead maxed out at just over two minutes at one point during the stage, it remained around 30 seconds for the rest of its break. 

Mieke Kroger (Team Virtu) attacked her fellow escapees inside the final 20 kilometres. Elvin valiantly attempted to bridge to the German with seven kilometres to go, and while she stayed ahead of a now re-formed peloton, she was caught with just over one kilometre left to race. Kroger was also caught inside the final kilometre.  

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