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February 23/13 13:25 pm - Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Women's results

Posted by Editoress on 02/23/13

Tiffany Cromwell won a two-up sprint against Megan Guarnier (Rabobank) to capture the first European race of the season. With two former winners as teammates, Cromwell was part of a three-pronged attack for Orica-AIS at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Patience paid off for the young Australian who initiated the race winning move between the final two sections of cobbles.




“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.”

The opening hour of racing was a fairly quiet affair. The peloton first split up the Côte de Trieu.

“The race unfolded as we had expected,” explained Cromwell. “Usually not much happens until around the 50 kilometre mark. Until then, we are just meant to keep out of trouble and ensure we had numbers when the sectors start. “

The peloton split into three groups following the Côte de Trieu. The groups came back together. The field split again over the Patersberg. The small groups that formed merged to create a 60 strong lead group ahead of the Edelareberg.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic with the girls,” said Sport Director Dave McPartland. “I’m just really happy with how they race. They’re stepping it up as a team. It was impressive to see that they remained calm and focused as we got closer to the finish. We had an impact, but it was not creating the type of selection that had wanted to make – and they never panicked about that.”

With all eight climbs completed and five cobbled sections yet to come, a 16 rider front group solidified. ORICA-AIS was the best represented with Loes Gunnewijk, Emma Johansson and Gracie Elvin joining Cromwell in the move.

“We had representation each time the race split, but nothing was really happening despite all the action,” noted Cromwell. “There was a strong headwind, and most teams weren’t willing to help force the split.”

Cromwell took matters into her own hands with the final pavé sector looming.

“We had been using our numbers to our advantage and launching attacks that were going nowhere,” said Cromwell. “Finally, I went and Megan came with me. We got a gap immediately but she wasn’t working with me. I still considered it a good opportunity, so I worked – maybe a bit too much. Eventually Megan started rolling through. It was enough to hold off the chasing bunch.”

“We’re very lucky to have the likes of Emma and Loes who showed what true teammates they are today by supporting Tiff when she went down the road,” added McPartland. “Gracie was brilliant as well. She made the front group in her first European race with the team and had enough left to help Emma in the sprint. It was an excellent effort by everyone.”

Cromwell forced Guarnier to the front in the last kilometre. She came around the American to open up the sprint.

“I started sprinting with 300 metres,” Cromwell explained. “Megan didn’t contest the sprint. I don’t think she had anything left.”

With a lead-out from Elvin, Johansson won the bunch sprint to take third, giving ORICA-AIS two riders on the podium in Ghent. Johansson is a two-time former Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner while Cromwell earned her first classics victory today.

“Last year, Tiff learned from some of the best in the business with Judith [Arndt] and Loes,” said McPartland. “This year, Tiff knows how the team works and understands what is expected of her. She’s a rider I can always count on to take risks. A lot of times these risks don’t pay off, and this deters some riders. Not Tiff. There’s nothing conservative about how Tiff races. She takes risks, and she puts herself in a position to be rewarded.”

Orica -AIS press release



Results from today's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium

Gent to Gent, 125 km
1 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica - AIS 3:34:00
2 Megan Guarnier (USA) Rabo Women Cycling Team at 0:03
3 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS 0:12
4 Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team
5 Shelley Olds (USA) Team TIBCO - to the Top
6 Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Specialized - Lululemon
7 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Team TIBCO - to the Top
8 Anna van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team
9 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team
10 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS
11 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team all s.t.
12 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products Uck 0:16
13 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS 0:22
14 Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 4:39
15 Annelies van Doorslaer (Bel) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata
16 Monique van de Ree (Ned) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata
17 Jade Wilcoxson (USA) US National Team
18 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Team Futurumshop.Nl
19 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team
20 Latoya Brulee (Bel) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata
21 Marijn de Vries (Ned) Lotto Belisol Ladies
22 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
23 Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) Cramo Go:Green
24 Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Rusvelo
25 Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda
26 Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
27 Sofie de Vuyst (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team
28 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products Uck
29 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team
30 Kristin McGrath (USA) US National Team
31 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon
32 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO - to the Top
33 Adrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
34 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS
35 Thalita de Jong (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team
36 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team all s.t.
37 Martine Bras (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 4:47
38 Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda 6:58
39 Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies 7:06
40 Eun Gu Sung (Kor) Orica - AIS s.t.
41 Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer 7:07
42 Celine van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies 7:07
43 Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green
44 Martina Thomasson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green
45 Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized - Lululemon
46 Annelies Dom (Bel) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata
47 Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano
48 Francesca Cauz (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
49 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda
50 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Argos - Shimano
51 Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda
52 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team
53 Marion Rousse (Fra) Lotto Belisol Ladies
54 Carmen Small (USA) Specialized - Lululemon
55 Madelene Olsson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green
56 Evelyn Arys (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team
57 Katie Colclough (GBr) Specialized - Lululemon
58 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team
59 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope
60 Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) Team TIBCO - to the Top
61 Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products Uck all s.t.
62 Kaat Hannes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies 7:13
63 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Hitec Products Uck s.t.
64 Emma Trott (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 7:14
DNF Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica - AIS
DNF Rebecca Talen (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team
DNF Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Hitec Products Uck
DNF Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products Uck
DNF Miriam Bjørnsrud (Nor) Hitec Products Uck
DNF Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
DNF Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
DNF Nina Kessler (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
DNF Marieke van Wanroij (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
DNF Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) Rusvelo
DNF Elena Bocharnikova (Rus) Rusvelo
DNF Aijan Zhaparova (Rus) Rusvelo
DNF Larisa Pankova (Rus) Rusvelo
DNF Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) Rusvelo
DNF Kseniya Dobrynina (Rus) Rusvelo
DNF Marjolein Claessen (Ned) Endura Lady Force
DNF Henriette Woering (Ned) Endura Lady Force
DNF Michelle Geoghegan (Irl) Endura Lady Force
DNF Ines Klok (Ned) Endura Lady Force
DNF Elke Bolangier (Bel) Endura Lady Force
DNF Natasja Nieuwenhuizen (Ned) Endura Lady Force
DNF Femke Verstichelen (Bel) Endura Lady Force
DNF Carolien Haers (Bel) Endura Lady Force
DNF Steffi Lodewyks (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
DNF Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
DNF Marlen Jöhrend (Ger) Team Argos - Shimano
DNF Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Argos - Shimano
DNF Esra Tromp (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano
DNF Kelly Markus (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano
DNF Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda
DNF Joanna Rowsell (GBr) Wiggle Honda
DNF Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle Honda
DNF Kimberly Buyl (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team
DNF Julia Soek (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team
DNF Inge Roggeman (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team
DNF Samantha Schneider (USA) Team TIBCO - to the Top
DNF Sara Mustonen (Swe) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team
DNF Ashlynn van Baarle (Ned) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team
DNF Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team
DNF Jutta Nieminen (Fin) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team
DNF Stella Riverditi (Ita) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team
DNF Mirthe Wagenaar (Ned) Team
DNF Alie Gercama (Ned) Team
DNF Anouska Koster (Ned) Team
DNF Laura van Der Kamp (Ned) Team
DNF Janine van Der Meer (Ned) Team
DNF Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Team
DNF Jessica Allen (Aus) Vienne Futuroscope
DNF Sandrine Bideau (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
DNF Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
DNF Manon Souyris (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
DNF Oriane Chaumet (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
DNF Ine Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer
DNF Jessy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer
DNF Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer
DNF Stephanie de Croock (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer
DNF Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer
DNF Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer
DNF Tessa de Moyer (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer
DNF Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata
DNF Daisy Depoorter (Bel) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata
DNF Marissa Otten (Ned) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata
DNF Jessica Kihlbom (Swe) Cramo Go:Green
DNF Mirella Ehrin (Swe) Cramo Go:Green
DNF Linnea Sjöblom (Swe) Cramo Go:Green
DNF Johanna Nilsson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green
DNF Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNF Elena Valentini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNF Jennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNF Chiara Pierobon (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNF Asja Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNF Jamie Bookwalter (USA) US National Team
DNF Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) US National Team
DNF Heather Fischer (USA) US National Team
DNF Janel Holcomb (USA) US National Team
DNF Lauren de Crescenzo (USA) US National Team
DNF Kayleigh Brogan (GBr) Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team
DNF Eileen Roe (GBr) Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team
DNF Penny Rowson (GBr) Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team
DNF Elinor Thorogood (GBr) Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team
DNF Jane Barr (GBr) Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team
DNF Mariska Breyne (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.
DNF Marieke Blomme (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.
DNF Sarah Borremans (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.
DNF Melanie Cattrysse (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.
DNF Kristina Coolens (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.
DNF Adeline de Vestele (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.
DNF Kim van Den Steen (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.
DNF Evelien Debboudt (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team
DNF Lensy Debboudt (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team
DNF Valerie Demey (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team
DNF Valerie Robert (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team
DNF Shana van Glabeke (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team
DNF Sylvia Debboudt (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team
DNF Kaat van Der Meulen (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team
DNF Eveline Dergent (Bel) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen
DNF Terry Fremineur (Bel) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen
DNF Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen
DNF Liliane Leenknegt (Bel) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen
DNF Mieke Leeman (Bel) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen
DNF Evy Roelen (Bel) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen
DNF Hanneke van Gucht (Bel) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen
DNF Laure Werner (Bel) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen
DNF Aafke Eshuis (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNF Inge Klep (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNF Claudia Koster (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNF Rozanne Slik (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNF Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNF Nathaly van Wesdonk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg


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