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Cromwell wins women’s Omloop, American Guarnier second

Tiffany Cromwell (Orica-AIS) won the women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, beating U.S. road champion Megan Guarnier (Rabobank Liv-Giant) in a two-up sprint.

The pair broke away late in the race, ahead of the final section of pave, to contest the eighth edition of the women’s Het Nieuwsblad. Cromwell opened the sprint 300 meters from the line and Guarnier could not answer.

“It’s a fantastic team effort,” said Cromwell. “Any one of us could take the win today. As always, we supported each other, and I was happy to finish off the job.”

American Shelley Olds (Tibco-To The Top) was fifth.

“These women are all champions in my mind,” said Tibco director Manel Lacambra. “It’s not easy to race in the freezing Belgian weather, and our team did everything it could to put up a top result in the first European race of the season.”

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