Fresh from claiming a Bronze medal in the omnium at the Olympics in Rio, Jolien D’hoore took the win at the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta today.

It seemed that the Wiggle-High5 rider intended to lead out her sprinter team mate, Chloe Hosking – but instead stayed out front, with Hosking coming second and Ale-Cipollini’s Marta Bastianelli third.

The race also formed the final round of the inaugural UCI Women’s World Tour, and of course saw Boels-Dolmans rider Megan Guarnier take the overall win – an honour she would have claimed regardless what happened in the Spanish race on the final day of the men’s Vuelta grand tour.

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The race covered 87km – and was comprised of 15 laps of a near 6km course. Aside from the first and final laps, there were intermediate sprints every single time the riders passed the start/finish line – making for aggressive racing and a multitude of attempted breakaways.

With only 20km to go, two riders - Claudia Lichtenberg (Lotto-Soudal) and Simona Frapporti (Hitec Products) – successfully built up a lead of over half a minute. However, the sprinters teams were setting up their lead out trains and the duo were caught with just a few kilometres to go.

Coming in to the final turns, Boels-Dolmans were at the head of the peloton, but as the finish approached Wiggle-High5 had come to the fore. A last minute crash, as according to ORICA-AIS Loren Rowney clipped another rider’s wheel, resulted in a domino effect that caused problems for a number of riders. However, D’hoore was already over the line, with Hosking just behind her.

In the end, the top five riders from the bunch sprint were:

1. Jolien D’hoore (Bel) Wiggle-High5, in 2-01-01

2. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle-High5

3. Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé-Cipollini

4. Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels-Dolmans

5. Maria Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld Zannata

We had TWC writer Hanah Troop on the ground in Madrid, and will be bringing you some in-depth interviews as the inaugural WWT draws to a close soon. In the mean time, here's a gallery to give you a glimpse into today's race from women's cycling paparazzi - Velofocus.

Madrid Challenge By La Vuelta 2016
Madrid Challenge By La Vuelta 2016
Madrid Challenge By La Vuelta 2016
Madrid Challenge By La Vuelta 2016
Madrid Challenge By La Vuelta 2016
Madrid Challenge By La Vuelta 2016