After just three stage races in the opening months of the season, the women's peloton faces 10 in the next month, including two new events.
A world champion was thrown out of the race, the five-star favorite fell from grace, wheels were smashed, and a hyped tire technology was a no-show.
While chasing back from a flat tire, Balsamo took help from her team car — and was thrown out of the race.
'Lots of teams want to get rid of Balsamo, but I know how strong she is so I say good luck with that,' van Dijk says.
There will be seven former champions due to be on the start line alongside some who are looking to etch their names in the race's history books for the first time.
Chiara Consonni looking forward to sprint ‘fights’ with Elisa Balsamo after Dwars door Vlaanderen win
The Italian 22-year-old looks towards Paris-Roubaix as next major target after scoring her first win of the season.
The Greek god of the winds invoked at three points on the sprinter's bike.
From Elisa Balsamo's potentially Tour of Flanders-winning form to Trek-Segafredo versus SD Worx, these are some of the key takeaways from Sunday's race.
The Italian world champion says she's not thinking about Tour of Flanders yet despite strong run of form.
It's another big win for the world champion as Marianne Vos is second in thrilling finale.
Even a last-minute change of plan couldn’t stop Trek-Segafredo at Brugge-De Panne.
Dutch sprinter says that developing rivalry with Elisa Balsamo is 'good for the sport.'
Wiebes winning streak ended in second, Bastianelli finishes third.
The Italian world champion has never ridden a grand tour before but she's planning to ride two during her year in the rainbow stripes.
World champion points to the heavens to celebrate victory and to remember her cousin.
Elisa Balsamo said she'd like to see a women's Milan-San Remo come back, but where does women's racing draw the line with importing men's events onto the calendar?
Italian classic paused and restarted due to crash between non-race vehicles before home star Balsamo wins with searing sprint.
The Italian will be racing on home soil again this weekend at Trofeo Alfredo Binda, where she hopes to help Elisa Longo Borghini to defend her title.
Wiebes defends Drenthe title, bettering Balsamo and Kopecky in dramatic final.
Annemiek Van Vleuten, Elisa Balsamo, Emma Norsgaard, Lotte Kopecky line up at women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
After a long wait, the women's season is ramping up with the third race of the year and the opening cobbled classics hit.