Marta Bastianelli takes victory in a gruelling edition of Ronde van Drenthe

Former world champion takes the lead of the Women's WorldTour after a stellar start to her season

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Marta Bastianelli took the lead of the Women’s WorldTour standings with victory at Saturday’s Ronde van Drenthe. The Italian out-sprinted fellow former world champion Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) to take the win after a gnarly race in the Netherlands.

Eventually finishing third, Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) kicked off the winning move off, attacking a small leading group with around 10km remaining. Blaak worked hard to hold her compatriot’s wheel, but the gap only came down when European champion Bastianelli came to her aid.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.