Suzanne de Goede of Equipe Nürnberger used a sixth place finish in the Ronde van Vlaanderen to take over the leader's jersey in the women's World Cup rankings in the race won by Team High Road's Judith Arndt. The team's joy in the jersey was tempered by its concern for Trixi Worrack, who was taken to hospital after colliding with a motorcycle.
"Of course I am very happy with the lead in the World Cup," said the 23 year-old Netherlander. "Our tactics worked in this hard race. This jersey cost the team a lot of energy. We lost our first rider right at the beginning of the race and in the finale I was by myself after Trixi's crash."
Only 25 kilometres into the race, Worrack crashed on the cobblestones and had to take over the bike of team-mate Eva Lutz. Later, just a few kilometres before the finish, she collided with one of the race motorcycles and was taken to hospital, where the preliminary diagnosis was serious bruising and scrapes.
De Goede, who joined the team this year from T-Mobile Team, finished second in the last World Cup race in Italy. She now leads the World Cup standings with 98 points over Judith Arndt (Team High Road), who won the Ronde, and Emma Pooley (Specialized), who won in Italy, both of whom have 75 points.