Posted by Editoress on 02/25/12
Loes Gunnewijk won the women's European season opener as she beat Ellen Van Dijk (Specialized-lululemon) in a two-up sprint. The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad victory continues GreenEDGE-AIS' winning streak. The women's team has won every stage race, omnium and one day race they have contested in their maiden season.
"It's really special for me to take my first win and for us to win the first European race of the season to continue our winning streak," said Gunnewijk. "We have a really good spirit and work ethic in the team. Everyone wants to work for the leader in any given race. We're happy to race as a team, and this is obvious in our results."
GreenEDGE-AIS had a straightforward plan for the day.
"We decided that I should be kept safe in the final," explained Gunnewijk. "The ideal situation would give me one or two teammates in a front group so that we could play with several options. We succeeded pretty well in following this plan."
A large, nervous field rode together for the first 50 kilometres. They covered two of the seven climbs on course without any major attacks.
"We wanted to ride easy and stay safe in the first half of the race," Gunnewijk noted. "Other teams seemed to have this idea, too."
A group of 12 formed on the Côte de Trieu, the day's third climb, and GreenEDGE-AIS put three riders in the move. Tiffany Cromwell and Amanda Spratt joined Gunnewijk up the road.
"We were the only team to have three in the breakaway," said Gunnewijk. "We worked well together in the break. It was a hard day."
Gunnewijk launched her winning move on the second to last cobbled section.
"Twenty kilometres before the finish, I attacked on the cobblestones, and I immediately got a gap," Gunnewijk explained. "I rode alone for five kilometres, and then Ellen came up to me. We shared the work until the finish and I beat her in a sprint to the line."
Report courtesy Greenedge-AIS
|After 117 km|
|1 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) GreenEdge-AIS||3:17:14|
|2 Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Team Specialized-lululemon||at s.t.|
|3 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized-lululemon||1:10|
|4 Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam|
|5 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team|
|6 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Be Pink|
|7 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products-Mistral Home Cycling Team|
|8 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS|
|9 Amanda Spratt (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS|
|10 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl Cycling Team||all s.t.|
|11 Lise Nöstvold (Nor) Hitec Products-Mistral Home Cycling Team||1:19|
|12 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Team Specialized-lululemon||1:33|
|13 Latoya Brulee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012|
|14 Christine Majerus (Lux) Team GSD Gestion|
|15 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team|
|16 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies|
|17 Sarah Düster (Ger) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team|
|18 Romy Kasper (Ger) Rusvelo|
|19 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team|
|20 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products-Mistral Home Cycling Team|
|21 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012|
|22 Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam|
|23 Madeleine Olsson (Swe) AA Drink-Leontien.nl Cycling Team|
|24 Jessie Daams (Bel) AA Drink-Leontien.nl Cycling Team|
|25 Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies|
|26 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team|
|27 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS|
|28 Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl Cycling Team|
|29 Fröydis Waerstad (Nor) Hitec Products-Mistral Home Cycling Team|
|30 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Vienne Futuroscope||all s.t.|
|31 Regina Bruins (Ned) Skil 1T4I||4:46|
|32 Lucy Martin (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl Cycling Team||7:17|
|33 Katie Colclough (GBr) Team Specialized-lululemon|
|34 Kaat Hannes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies|
|35 Jolien d'Hoore (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012|
|36 Marlen Jöhrend (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion||all s.t.|
|OTL Anne Arnouts (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team||10:01|
|OTL Emma Silversides (GBr) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team|
|OTL Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012|
|OTL Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Faren Honda Team|
|OTL Daniela Gass (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion|
|OTL Evelyn Arys (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team|
|OTL Annelies Dom (Bel) Wielerclub Steeds Vooraan V.Z.W.|
|OTL Laura Van Der Kamp (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam|
|OTL Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam|
|OTL Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Be Pink|
|OTL Kimberly Buyl (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team|
|OTL Birgit Lavrijssen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team|
|OTL Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team|
|OTL Petra Dijkman (Ned) Kleo Ladies Team|
|OTL Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) AA Drink-Leontien.nl Cycling Team|
|OTL Geerike Schreurs (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team|
|OTL Inge Roggeman (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team|
|OTL Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies|
|OTL Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl Cycling Team|
|OTL Willeke Knol (Ned) Van Arckel|
|OTL Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope|
|OTL Belinda Goss (Aus) Abus Nutrixxion|
|OTL Marijn De Vries (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl Cycling Team|
|OTL Andrea Graus (Aut) Vienne Futuroscope|
|OTL Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) Faren Honda Team|
|OTL Elena Utrobina (Rus) Faren Honda Team|
|OTL Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope|
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