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Loes Adegeest (FDJ-SUEZ) has arrived on the Women’s WorldTour scene with a bang, winning the women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in a two-rider sprint against Amanda Spratt (Trek-Segafredo) after the duo went away on the Challambra Crescent climb nine kilometres from the finish.
Spratt took most of the turns on the run-in to the beachfront finish to make sure they stayed away, and the Australian paid for her efforts as she had nothing left to respond when Adegeest sped past on the last 200 metres to take the victory.
Four seconds later, Nina Buijsman (Human Powered Health) led home what was left of the peloton.
“It was a hard final with the steep climb and then a long sprint, so I am still catching my breath. We went for Grace, but on the first climb, I felt really strong and came over the top first. We switched to plan B, and it worked out. I still can’t really believe it, it has to sink in first. To start a season like this, it’s only January, and I already won a WorldTour race, is unbelievable,” said Adegeest after her first Women’s WorldTour victory.
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