Cordon Ragot wins Drentse Acht van Westerveld

Trek-Segafredo rider solos in well ahead of shattered peloton

Audrey Cordon-Ragot continued Trek-Segafredo's run of strong results, winning the Drentse Acht van Westerveld from a solo breakaway. The Frenchwoman earned her first UCI win in four years on a blustery day on which only 36 riders made it to the finish line.

"I don't know what to say! I am super happy!" Cordon-Ragot said in a team press release. "It such a good feeling – it's been a long time since I have put my hands up. Today was a good opportunity for me; it was a hard race, a warrior's race, and I like that. I am proud of the team, of me, and the way we rode together. I think everyone is happy for me. It's a really nice feeling."

The 145km race was punctuated by two trips over the VAMberg climb, a steep, short trip over a landfill, and with the windy conditions, the race was ripe for a breakaway.

14 riders made the front split in a crosswind section Ellen van Dijk, Lotta Lepistö and Cordon-Ragot - and this would prove to be the winning move of the race.

A crash on the descent of the VAMberg from Trek's Lotta Lepistö split the group, leaving only eight out front.

Along with Cordon Ragot and teammate Ellen Van Dijk, Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans), Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling), Alexis Ryan and Lisa Klein (Canyon-SRAM), Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-Scott Women), and Evy Kuijpers (CCC-Liv) made the selection, building a massive lead over the remaining peloton that ballooned to almost 12 minutes by the race's end. The rest of the field was pulled from the race.

Trek-Segafredo directeur sportif Ina Teutenberg said the race went just as they anticipated. "I had a team meeting this morning, we knew there would be over 40kph winds, and we knew there were quite a few second-tier teams here. So, with winds, narrow roads and all that, we wanted an early echelon. That worked out perfectly, we had three riders out of 14 there. Unluckily - but also luckily because she didn't sustain any injuries - Lotta was taken out by a crash on the downhill of the VAMberg."

The leading group came together to the two finishing laps with 12km to go, and with Pieters and Bastianelli the superior sprinters in the group, Trek-Segafredo opted to attack.

"Our group worked well together to the end because there was still a long way to go," explained Cordon-Ragot. "When we were on the local lap of 6kms, we planned with Ellen to attack first, and then if that did not work, I would try in the sprint because I can also be fast."

Van Dijk, always game for aggressive racing, put in several scathing attacks which Cordon-Ragot successfully countered, getting away and then building an unassailable lead.

"After the attacks from Ellen, and (Gracie Elvin) Mitchelton-Scott also attacked, and when we slowed again, I found the opportunity to go," Cordon Ragot said. "It was a headwind, so I was thinking it was not the smartest move, but in the end, no one in the back was able to really chase because I think everyone was kaput."

Cordon-Ragot ended the race with a 90-second lead. "When I passed the finish line for the final lap, I did not feel my legs anymore. I just pulled as hard as I could, doing a proper time trial. When I saw the finish line, I finally turned my head and didn't see the group – only the cars behind me – then I knew I made it!"

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women3:52:06 
2Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:01:30 
3Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
4Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM  
5Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
6Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women  
7Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM0:01:32 
8Evy Kuijpers (Ned) CCC-Liv0:01:37 
9Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:11:37 
10Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini  
11Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
12Lucy Garner (GBr) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
13Julie Leth (Den) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
14Claudia Koster (Ned) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
15Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
16Demi De Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
17Eva Buurman (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
18Alison Jackson (Can) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
19Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipollini  
20Franziska Koch (Ger) Mexx - Watersley Women's CT  
21Lonneke Uneken (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
22Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
23Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
24Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo Women  
25Valerie Demey (Bel) CCC-Liv  
26Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
27Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
28Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
29Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
30Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
31Mieke Kröger (Ger) Team Virtu Cycling  
32Maria Apolonia Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
33Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
34Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM  
35Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-SRAM  
36Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
DNFJolien D`Hoore (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
DNFAmalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
DNFSkylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
DNFJip Van Den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
DNFRotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Canyon-SRAM  
DNFHannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-SRAM  
DNFKarlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
DNFJelena Eric (Srb) Ale Cipollini  
DNFMartina Alzini (Ita) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFElizabeth Banks (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFNicole Hanselmann (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMaria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFSophie Wright (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMarta Lach (Pol) CCC-Liv  
DNFPaulien Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv  
DNFVictorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFCoralie Demay (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFEmilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFGreta Richioud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFJade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFLucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
DNFMarit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFSylvie Swinkels (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFBelle De Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFJanine Van Der Meer (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFNina Kessler (Ned) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFKendall Ryan (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFRozanne Slik (Ned) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFSofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFKatarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFLauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo Women  
DNFAnna Plichta (Pol) Trek-Segafredo Women  
DNFMarta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
DNFMaria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
DNFDalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
DNFSilvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
DNFIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
DNFAnna Badegruber (Aut) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
DNFGabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
DNFSarah Rijkes (Aut) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
DNFAafke Soet (Ned) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
DNFLaura Asencio (Fra) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
DNFHenrietta Colborne (GBr) Biehler Pro Cycling  
DNFMerel Hofman (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
DNFRoos Hoogeboom (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
DNFMelanie Klement (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
DNFNienke Wasmus (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
DNFSandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
DNFAinara Elbusto Arteaga (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
DNFNatalie Grinczer (GBr) Bizkaia-Durango  
DNFLuisa Ibarrola Albizua (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
DNFIsabel Martin Martin (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
DNFAroa Gorostiza Ulloa (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
DNFGrace Garner (GBr) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNFAmalie Lutro (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNFChanella Stougje (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNFMarta Tagliaferro (Ita) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNFDanielle Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFAnnelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFChantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFThi That Nguyen (Vie) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFNathalie Bex (Bel) CC Pave76-Rogelli-Gyproc-APB  
DNFShari Bossuyt (Bel) CC Pave76-Rogelli-Gyproc-APB  
DNFCathalijne Hoolwerf (Ned) CC Pave76-Rogelli-Gyproc-APB  
DNFEva Jonkers (Ned) CC Pave76-Rogelli-Gyproc-APB  
DNFIngrit Verhoeff (Ned) CC Pave76-Rogelli-Gyproc-APB  
DNFEsmée Peperkamp (Ned) Loving Potatoes de Jonge Renner  
DNFIngrid Van Den Wijngaard (Ned) Loving Potatoes de Jonge Renner  
DNFRobin Driehuijs (Ned) Loving Potatoes de Jonge Renner  
DNFTessa Van Der Velden (Ned) Loving Potatoes de Jonge Renner  
DNFLise Visser (Ned) Loving Potatoes de Jonge Renner  
DNFJet Wildeman (Ned) Loving Potatoes de Jonge Renner  
DNFMinke Bakker (Ned) Jan van Arckel  
DNFMylene De Zoete (Ned) Jan van Arckel  
DNFCharlotte Kool (Ned) Jan van Arckel  
DNFSusanne Meistrok (Ned) Jan van Arckel  
DNFJanneke Van Rooijen (Ned) Jan van Arckel  
DNFBente Van Teeseling (Ned) Jan van Arckel  
DNFTessa Paardekooper (Ned) Merida Adelaar Ladies Team  
DNFMichelle De Graaf (Ned) Merida Adelaar Ladies Team  
DNFYva Geluk (Ned) Merida Adelaar Ladies Team  
DNFWillemiek Meinders (Ned) Merida Adelaar Ladies Team  
DNFAnnet Pit (Ned) Merida Adelaar Ladies Team  
DNFWinanda Spoor (Ned) Merida Adelaar Ladies Team  
DNFMarit Cent (Ned) NWVG-uplus  
DNFManon De Boer (Ned) NWVG-uplus  
DNFRixt Hoogland (Ned) NWVG-uplus  
DNFWendy Oosterwoud (Ned) NWVG-uplus  
DNFYvet Schoonewille (Ned) NWVG-uplus  
DNFRikke Bak Dalgaard (Den) Restore Cycling Team  
DNFGaby Gieskens (Ned) Restore Cycling Team  
DNFClaudia Jongerius (Ned) Restore Cycling Team  
DNFDaniela Trcková (Cze) Restore Cycling Team  
DNFIlse Miltenburg (Ned) Restore Cycling Team  
DNFKirsten Peetoom (Ned) Restore Cycling Team  
DNFEva Bijwaard (Ned) SWABO Ladies.nl  
DNFHanneke De Goeje (Ned) SWABO Ladies.nl  
DNFPhaedra Krol (Ned) SWABO Ladies.nl  
DNFLaura Van Regenmortel (Ned) SWABO Ladies.nl  
DNFLieke V.D. Draaij (Ned) SWABO Ladies.nl  
DNFMyrthe Willemsen (Ned) SWABO Ladies.nl  
DNFLieke Lap (Ned) Team Drenthe  
DNFAnneke Dijkstra (Ned) Team Drenthe  
DNFMareille Meijering (Ned) Team Drenthe  
DNFBettina Zijlstra (Ned) Team Drenthe  
DNFMarthe Roose (Ned) Team Drenthe  
DNFFloor Weerink (Ned) Team Drenthe  
DNFDésirée Ehrler (Swi) Mexx - Watersley Women's CT  
DNFCorinna Lechner (Ger) Mexx - Watersley Women's CT  
DNFAmanda Jamieson (NZl) Mexx - Watersley Women's CT  
DNFArianna Pruisscher (Ned) Mexx - Watersley Women's CT  
DNFMinke Slingerland (Ned) Mexx - Watersley Women's CT  
DNFKim Baptista (GBr) Westland Wil Vooruit  
DNFVerena Batenburg (Ned) Westland Wil Vooruit  
DNFEmma Boogaard (Ned) Westland Wil Vooruit  
DNFGwenno Hughes (GBr) Westland Wil Vooruit  
DNFSanne Roozemond (Ned) Westland Wil Vooruit  
DNFLotte Overdevest (Ned) Westland Wil Vooruit  
DNFKaat Hannes (Bel) WV Zeeuws Vlaanderen  
DNFAmber Aernouts (Bel) WV Zeeuws Vlaanderen  
DNFLiisa Ehrberg (Est) WV Zeeuws Vlaanderen  
DNFCéline Van Houtum (Ned) WV Zeeuws Vlaanderen  
DNFMarieke Van Witzenburg (Ned) WV Zeeuws Vlaanderen  
DNFSenna Feron (Ned) WV Zeeuws Vlaanderen  
DNFSara Mustonen (Swe) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
DNFEsther Meisels (Isr) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
DNFKathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
DNFChristina Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
DNFKirstie Van Haaften (Ned) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
DNFKylie Waterreus (Ned) Health Mate-Ladies Team  

 

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