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Brand wins women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

By VeloNews.com • Updated
Lucinda Brand made it look easy with a solo victory at the women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Dutchwoman Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) soloed to victory in the 12th edition of the women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (UCI 1.1) in Gent, Belgium on Saturday. After racing 122km, the 27-year-old two-time national champion crossed the line 15 seconds over a handful of riders, including compatriots Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) and Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) to make an all-Dutch podium.

Brand’s Sunweb teammate Ellen van Dijk finished fourth on the same time as Blaak and van Vleuten, as did fifth-place finisher Elisa Longo Borghini (Orica-Scott).

Top 10 results

  • 1. Lucinda BRAND, TEAM SUNWEB, in 3:19:58
  • 2. Chantal BLAAK, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at :15
  • 3. Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN, ORICA-SCOTT, at :15
  • 4. Ellen VAN DIJK, TEAM SUNWEB, at :15
  • 5. Elisa LONGO BORGHINI, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :15
  • 6. Amanda SPRATT, ORICA-SCOTT, at :28
  • 7. Jolien D’HOORE, WIGGLE HIGH5, at 1:47
  • 8. Sheyla GUTIERREZ RUIZ, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 1:47
  • 9. Dani KING, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 1:47
  • 10. Gracie ELVIN, ORICA-SCOTT, at 1:47

Things heated up with a crash atop the Paterberg at the front of the field that took down several riders and forced other to run their bikes up the climb. Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) escaped as the field pulled itself back together.

With the two experienced riders out front, van Vleuten pushed the pace of the main field over the Molenberg, paring down the field to a select group of 15-20 riders. Blaak charged the Paaastraat, reducing the chase group even further to just five riders.

Four of those chasers would make contact with the two leaders with 10km to go. Brand had the freshest legs at the end of the day — benefitting from teammate van Dijk’s earlier escape up the road. In the final kilometers, Brand laid down attack after attack until, on the third try, she broke free and crossed the line 15 seconds up on the small group. Blaak won the sprint for second with van Vleuten edging out van Dijk for third.

“It was a really good day,” said Brand. “The team were great and supporting me really well by keeping me out of the headwind. The girls kept me in a great position, and we were in a perfect situation with Ellen [van Dijk] up the road and good support behind. They helped me to maintain a good position ahead of the cobbles and climbs, so I didn’t have to do anything which was great.”

Results

  • 1. Lucinda BRAND, TEAM SUNWEB, in 3:19:58
  • 2. Chantal BLAAK, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at :15
  • 3. Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN, ORICA-SCOTT, at :15
  • 4. Ellen VAN DIJK, TEAM SUNWEB, at :15
  • 5. Elisa LONGO BORGHINI, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :15
  • 6. Amanda SPRATT, ORICA-SCOTT, at :28
  • 7. Jolien D’HOORE, WIGGLE HIGH5, at 1:47
  • 8. Sheyla GUTIERREZ RUIZ, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 1:47
  • 9. Dani KING, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 1:47
  • 10. Gracie ELVIN, ORICA-SCOTT, at 1:47
  • 11. Lotte KOPECKY, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, at 1:47
  • 12. Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA, WM3 ENERGIE, at 1:47
  • 13. Elena CECCHINI, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 1:47
  • 14. Ann-Sophie DUYCK, DROPS, at 1:47
  • 15. Alena AMIALIUSIK, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 2:00
  • 16. Lisa BRENNAUER, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 2:00
  • 17. Roxane FOURNIER, at 2:37
  • 18. Lotta LEPISTÖ, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, at 2:37
  • 19. Christina SIGGAARD, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN, at 2:37
  • 20. Sofie DE VUYST, LARES-WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at 2:37
  • 21. Megan GUARNIER, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 2:37
  • 22. Valerie DEMEY, SPORT VLAANDEREN-ETIXX, at 2:37
  • 23. Christine MAJERUS, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 2:37
  • 24. Amy PIETERS, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 2:37
  • 25. Chloe HOSKING, ALE CIPOLLINI, at 2:37
  • 26. Lauren KITCHEN, WM3 ENERGIE, at 2:37
  • 27. Tatiana GUDERZO, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at 2:37
  • 28. Sarah ROY, ORICA-SCOTT, at 2:37
  • 29. Janneke ENSING, ALE CIPOLLINI, at 2:37
  • 30. Alice BARNES, DROPS, at 2:37
  • 31. Shara GILLOW, FDJ-NOUVELLE AQUITAINE-FUTUROSCOPE, at 2:37
  • 32. Malgorzata JASINSKA, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 2:37
  • 33. Audrey CORDON RAGOT, WIGGLE HIGH5, at 2:37
  • 34. Floortje MACKAIJ, TEAM SUNWEB, at 2:37
  • 35. Eider MERINO KORTAZAR, LOINTEK, at 2:37
  • 36. Karol-Ann CANUEL, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 2:37
  • 37. Kelly VAN DEN STEEN, SPORT VLAANDEREN-ETIXX, at 2:37
  • 38. Lisa KLEIN, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, at 2:43
  • 39. Leah KIRCHMANN, TEAM SUNWEB, at 2:45
  • 40. Stephanie POHL, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, at 2:46
  • 41. Cecilie Uttrup LUDWIG, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, at 2:37
  • 42. Claudia LICHTENBERG, WIGGLE HIGH5, at 3:47
  • 43. Anouska KOSTER, WM3 ENERGIE, at 7:02
  • 44. Amalie DIDERIKSEN, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 7:37
  • 45. Camilla PEDERSEN, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN, at 7:37
  • 46. Moniek TENNIGLO, WM3 ENERGIE, at 7:37
  • 47. Riejanne MARKUS, WM3 ENERGIE, at 7:37
  • 48. Alexis RYAN, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 7:40
  • 49. Jeanne KOREVAAR, WM3 ENERGIE, at 7:40
  • 50. Kaat HANNES, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at 7:40
  • 51. Marta BASTIANELLI, ALE CIPOLLINI, at 7:42
  • 52. Tiffany CROMWELL, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 7:42
  • 53. Charlotte BECKER, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 7:42
  • 54. Clara KOPPENBURG, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, at 7:42
  • 55. Julia SOEK, TEAM SUNWEB, at 7:42
  • 56. Jessica ALLEN, ORICA-SCOTT, at 7:42
  • 57. Jenelle CROOKS, ORICA-SCOTT, at 7:42
  • 58. Rozanne SLIK, TEAM SUNWEB, at 7:42
  • 59. Trixi WORRACK, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 7:42
  • 60. Kirsten WILD, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 7:42
  • 61. Allie DRAGOO, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, at 7:42
  • 62. Roxane KNETEMANN, FDJ-NOUVELLE AQUITAINE-FUTUROSCOPE, at 9:14
  • 63. Natalie VAN GOGH, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG-DESTIL CYCLING TEAM, at 9:21
  • 64. Maaike POLSPOEL, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at 9:21
  • 65. Trine SCHMIDT, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, at 9:21
  • 66. Annelies DOM, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, at 9:21
  • 67. Abby-Mae PARKINSON, DROPS, at 9:21
  • 68. Kaat VAN DER MEULEN, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, at 9:21
  • 69. Ilaria SANGUINETI, BEPINK COGEAS, at 9:21
  • 70. Daniela REIS, LARES-WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at 9:21
  • 71. Jessie DAAMS, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, at 9:21
  • 72. Wiebke RODIECK, GERMANY, at 9:21
  • 73. Sara PENTON, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN, at 9:21
  • 74. Sarah INGHELBRECHT, LARES-WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at 9:21
  • 75. Daiva TUSLAITE, ALE CIPOLLINI, at 9:21
  • 76. Julie LETH, WIGGLE HIGH5, at 9:21
  • 77. Sarah RIJKES, LARES-WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at 9:21
  • 78. Katia RAGUSA, BEPINK COGEAS, at 9:21
  • 79. Rossella RATTO, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 9:21
  • 80. Sara MUSTONEN LICHAN, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN, at 9:21
  • 81. Eugénie DUVAL, FDJ-NOUVELLE AQUITAINE-FUTUROSCOPE, at 9:24
  • 82. Pernille MATHIESEN, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN, at 10:15
  • 83. Thea THORSEN, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 14:13
  • 84. Alison JACKSON, BEPINK COGEAS, at 14:13
  • 85. Isabelle BECKERS, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, at 14:13
  • 86. Kelly DRUYTS, SPORT VLAANDEREN-ETIXX, at 14:13
  • 87. Kim DE BAAT, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at 14:13
  • 88. Paola MUNOZ, BIZKAIA-DURANGO, at 14:13
  • 89. Ine ALLAERT, KEUKENS REDANT CYCLING TEAM, at 14:13
  • 90. Ilona HOEKSMA, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 14:13
  • 91. Gilke CROKET, SPORT VLAANDEREN-ETIXX, at 14:13
  • 92. Laura VAINIONPÄÄ, at 14:13
  • 93. Tetiana RIABCHENKO, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at 14:13
  • 94. Anna TREVISI, ALE CIPOLLINI, at 14:13
  • 95. Astrid GASSNER, COLAVITA/BIANCHI, at 14:13
  • 96. Jessica MUNDY, COLAVITA/BIANCHI, at 14:13
  • 97. Esther VAN VEEN, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG-DESTIL CYCLING TEAM, at 14:13
  • 98. Nathalie VERSCHELDEN, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at 14:13
  • 99. Amelie RIVAT, LARES-WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at 14:13
  • 100. Esra TROMP, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG-DESTIL CYCLING TEAM, at 14:13
  • 101. Demi DE JONG, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG-DESTIL CYCLING TEAM, at 14:13
  • 102. Estefania PILZ, AUTOGLASS WETTEREN-GROUP SOLAR at 14:13
  • 103. Joelle NUMAINVILLE, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 14:13
  • DNF Demmy DRUYTS, SPORT VLAANDEREN-ETIXX
  • DNF Fien DELBAERE, SPORT VLAANDEREN-ETIXX
  • DNF Lucy GARNER, WIGGLE HIGH5
  • DNF Romy KASPER, ALE CIPOLLINI
  • DNF Olga DOBRYNINA, BEPINK COGEAS
  • DNF Margarita SYRODOEVA, BEPINK COGEAS
  • DNF Maria Vittoria SPEROTTO, BEPINK COGEAS
  • DNF Špela KERN, BIZKAIA-DURANGO
  • DNF Lourdes OYARBIDE JIMENEZ, BIZKAIA-DURANGO
  • DNF Roos HOOGEBOOM, BIZKAIA-DURANGO
  • DNF Yessica PÉREZ, BIZKAIA-DURANGO
  • DNF Lorena LLAMAS, BIZKAIA-DURANGO
  • DNF Whitney ALLISON, COLAVITA/BIANCHI
  • DNF Kendelle HODGES, COLAVITA/BIANCHI
  • DNF Abigail MICKEY, COLAVITA/BIANCHI
  • DNF Amber PIERCE, COLAVITA/BIANCHI
  • DNF Annabel SIMPSON, DROPS
  • DNF Rebecca WOMERSLEY, DROPS
  • DNF Susanna ZORZI, DROPS
  • DNF Greta RICHIOUD
  • DNF Charlotte BRAVARD
  • DNF Nina KESSLER, HITEC PRODUCTS
  • DNF Cristina MARTINEZ BONAFE, LOINTEK
  • DNF Beatriu GOMEZ FRANQUET, LOINTEK
  • DNF Ziortza ISASI CRISTOBAL, LOINTEK
  • DNF Belen LOPEZ MORALES, LOINTEK
  • DNF Alba TERUEL RIBES, LOINTEK
  • DNF Chanella STOUGJE, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG-DESTIL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Anna KNAUER, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG-DESTIL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Doris SCHWEIZER, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN
  • DNF Inga RODIECK, GERMANY
  • DNF Gudrun STOCK, GERMANY
  • DNF Laura SÜßEMILCH, GERMANY
  • DNF Lisa KÜLLMER, GERMANY
  • DNF Kathrin HAMMES, GERMANY
  • DNF Lensy DEBBOUDT
  • DNF Evelien DEBBOUDT
  • DNF Stefanie DECEUNINCK
  • DNF Brenda GOESSENS
  • DNF Claudia JONGERIUS
  • DNF Dorottya KANTI
  • DNF Pia DE QUINT
  • DNF Mie Bjørndal OTTESTAD
  • DNF Laura VAN GEYT
  • DNF Emmy ANDERSSON
  • DNF Kelly LAMBRECHTS
  • DNF Chane JONKER
  • DNF Megan CHARD
  • DNF Lana PETIT
  • DNF Kelly Kalm
  • DNF Claire THOMAS
  • DNF Sarah BORREMANS
  • DNF Steffy VAN DEN HAUTE
  • DNF Naïka DENEEF
  • DNF Lara DEFOUR
  • DNF Kim VAN DEN STEEN

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