Amy Pieters (Giant-Shimano) won the women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday.
Pieters, Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS), and Bols-Dolmans teammates Elizabeth Armitstead and Christine Majerus went clear of the peloton on the Paterberg, 65km into the 126.7km race.
Majerus lost contact on the Molenberg, 35km from the finish, as a group of some 20 riders chased the leaders.
In the sprint for the victory, Pieters proved fastest of the survivors, with Johansson second and Armitstead third.
“Four of us got away on the Paterberg and then on the Paderstraat it dropped to three, Elizabeth Armitstead, Emma Johansson, and myself,” Pieters said. “I knew they were good sprinters, too, but I was confident in myself and knew that if it came back together we had Kirsten Wild behind.
“I started the sprint from the front and gave it everything — all or nothing,” Pieters said. “What a start to the season. The teamwork was fantastic again today. It’s great to be part of such a good group and to have the support that we do.”