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  After the opening classics week in Belgium and Strade Bianche racing returns to the Netherlands for the first time in 2015 the trio of races around the Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe World Cup. First up is the Molecaten Drentse Acht van Westerveld. Last year the race was all set up for a bunch sprint before Chantal Blaak put in a late attack to hold off the chase. Two time Junior World Champion Lucy Garner won the bunch sprint ahead of Lizzie Armitstead.

Legendary sprinter Ina-Yoko Teutenberg won the race three times in a row between 2008 and 2010 while Marianne Vos is also a multiple winner.

2014 Results

1 Chantal BLAAK
2 Lucy GARNER +8
3 Elizabeth ARMITSTEAD +8
4 Barbara GUARISCHI +8
6 Amy PIETERS +8
7 Trixi WORRACK +8
8 Emilia FAHLIN +8
9 Chloe HOSKING +8
10 Maria Giulia CONFALONIERI +8

Past Winners

2014 Chantal Blaak
2013 Marianne Vos
2012 Chloe Hosking
2011 Marianne Vos
2010 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg
2009 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg
2008 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg
2007 Regina Schleiger

The Route

Profile (Shows only 1 lap of finishing circuit)

After several races for the punchier riders the sprinters are likely to be back in the picture here with the race normally ending in a bunch sprint.

The race starts off Dwingeloo for two laps of a counter clockwise lap. Just before the end of the second lap riders turn away from Dwingeloo for five laps of a 7.4km finishing circuit.

The Contenders

Start list available here Provisional only

Chantal Blaak and Lizzie Armitstead

Blaak is the defending champion after a strong attack inside the closing kilometres to solo to the line. A strong start to her European season finishing fourth at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad before winning the uphill sprint at Le Samyn. On good form and will be looking to take a second win on Dutch roads. Knowing Lizzie Armitstead is one of the quickest in the field expect to see Blaak on the attack.

Two stage wins and the overall in Qatar, won the bunch sprint at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad before finishing second at Strade Bianche. Had the year of her career last year but wins were still hard to come by. Last year was lacking the finishing speed of old but seems to have improved there. Boels Dolmans have been dominant this year so far and with two riders on form expect to see them prominent again.

Barbara Guarischi and Velocio-Sram

Made the move to Velocio-Sram over the off season giving the team a sprinter for the first time since the retirement of Ina-Yoko Teutenberg. Third in the bunch sprint last year just missing the podium. Finished 2014 strongly with stage wins at La Route de France and Trophée d'Or Féminin and picked up where she left off with third on the final stage of the Ladies Tour of Qatar.

The always consistent Tiffany Cromwell has had a solid start to the season seventh in Qatar and fifth at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Has been working on her sprint the past 18 months and continues to improve. Not able to match the pure sprinters but from a select group is dangerous.

Loren Rowney packs a quick finish and has started the year strongly finishing third overall at the Santos Women's Tour. Could sprint to a strong finish but likely to provide a strong leadout for Guarischi.

Emma Johansson and Orica-AIS

There is never a race when Emma Johansson cannot be considered a contender. Strong across the entire year and is already producing results in 2015. Fifth in Qatar had a rare result outside the top 10 at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad before finding the podium at Le Samyn des Dames. Johansson was fifth here last year but unless the race is hard it is not one that is perfect for her. After a mechanical took her out of contention at Strade Bianche expect her to bounce back here. A strong finisher but is not a pure sprinter.

Melissa Hoskins makes her European debut for 2015 after being back on the bike for just over a week after winning the team pursuit at the Track World Championships. Don't expect too much but has in the past made a quick transition between the track and road. Will come in with confidence having had a strong start to the year. Including a maiden individual National title, first senior World title and two stages at the Santos Women's Tour where she beat Giorgia Bronzini. If she is going well could surprise everyone but her main targets are later in the season.

Classics speciallist Loes Gunnewijk in her last season is always one to watch in the spring classics.

Chloe Hosking, Girogia Bronzini and Jolien D'hoore

Wiggle have a very strong team and three on form sprinters. Chloe Hosking won the opening stage of the Bay Crits before finishing second overall in Qatar. Has had the best start to a European season to date finishing 12th at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and fourth at Le Samyn des Dames. When on form Hosking has one of the fastest finishers in the peloton and even beat Kirsten Wild last year EPZ Omloop van Borsele.

Jolien D'hoore is a rider who seems to be able to step off the road on to the track and perform and vice versa. Missed a medal in the omnium at the but it was another step up for her after an early season sixth place overall in Qatar. Just days after Track Worlds finished 33rd at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad but was quickly flying with fitth at Le Samyn before winning from a break at Omloop van het Hageland with strong support from Hosking.

For Bronzini is it only her second race in Europe after Strade Bianche but took two wins in Australia in January and was reasonably strong in Qatar. The dual World Champion on the road is always a name to watch but with two other riders on form might work for one of them.

Kirsten Wild

Wild as a renewed focus on the track heading towards Rio 2016 and the race marks her first race on the road for 2015 after claiming the bronze medal in the omnium at the Track World Championships in late February. It is a race she has never won before but is well suited to. Her road form will be interesting to see but when she is on form is incredibly hard to beat in a bunch sprint.

If Wild is not yet at her best Lauren Kitchen is a rider who could challenge. The new Oceania Champion has a quick finish especially if it has been a hard race.

Lucinda Brand

With Marianne Vos and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and now no Anna Van der Breggan, other riders have an opportunity to shine. Lucinda Brand won the Energiewacht Tour and final World Cup round GP de Plouay-Bretagne last year from a solo break. Likes to attack but was sprinting better than ever in Qatar with three top six finishes.

Maria Giulia Confalonieri

The 21 year old Italian could be a surprise packet here after rounding out the top 10 in 2014. Bronze medallist in the Italian Championships was a big improver last year. Don't be surprised to see her inside the top 10.

National Team United States

The US National team has multiple cards to play. Criterium specialist and sprinter Coryn Rivera could be a surprise packet here. Has spent little time racing in Europe but the 22 year old is a star on the rise. Alexis Ryan is another name to keep an eye on.

Other names to watch: Ellen Van Dijk, Roxane Knetemann, Joelle Numainville, Kelly Druyts, Arianna Fidanza, Emilia Fahlin, Eileen Roe, Pascale Jeuland and Roxane Fournier.

Update: Shelley Olds, Anna Van der Breggan were down to start but will not be riding.
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