Complete Live Report
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the women's Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne.
Welcome to our live coverage of the second edition of the women's Driedaagse de Panne. The riders have just set off and are making their way through the neutral zone.
One rider that is not in the peloton today is defending champion Jolien D'hoore. D'hoore broke her collarbone in a crash at the Drentse 8 earlier this month and is currently recovering from surgery.
Even without D'hoore, Boels Dolmans have an enviable line-up for today's race. Amy Pieters and Amalie Dideriksen are both strong contenders for today's race.
1 Amy Pieters (Ned)
2 Jip Van den Bos (Ned)
3 Eva Buurman (Ned)
4 Amalie Dideriksen (Den)
5 Christine Majerus (Lux)
6 Skylar Schneider (USA)
The racing is now underway and we've already got an attack with Bigla rider Lizzie Banks off the front.
The peloton will be arriving at the first cobblestone sector very soon. The 2.4k Kasseistrook sector comes just 12 kilometres into the day.
For a full look at what to expect today, from the parcours to the contenders then take a look at Kirsten Frattini's race preview.
- 128km remaining from 134.4km
Correction, race radio called out the wrong number. It was not Lizzie Banks trying to breakaway but Anja Longyka of BTC City Ljubljana. Nevertheless, she has been reeled back in by the peloton.
This is the second running of the women's De Panne race. After the men's race was cut to a day following a forced move in the calendar, the organisers decided to add in a women's one-day race. It is likely to end in a sprint, but it will not be a straightforward day out with aggressive racing from the off and the ever-looming potential for crosswinds.
Mercifully for the riders, the weather is distinctly better than it was in the debut edition. It's a mild and relatively sunny day for the peloton.
Another attack from the peloton as the riders take on the first cobbled sector. Sheyla Gutierrez is the rider having a go at the moment.
The cobbled have been completed and, yet again, the peloton brings back the attack. They do not want to let anything go at the moment.
There are a lot of teams with an interest in trying to keep this all together. Team Virtu would be pretty confident if it comes down to a bunch gallop with European Champion Marta Bastianelli. The Italian is not afraid to go on the attack either. She won the Ronde van Drenthe from a breakaway earlier this month.
The headwind that the UCI's Twitter account is reporting will also not help with forming a breakaway. The riders will be turning left and along the coast soon, which will see the wind direction change to a crosswind.
We'll have to wait and see if the wind is strong enough to force some echelons.
Another attack off the front of the peloton. This move consists of three riders, which could help their prospects compared to the earlier break attempts.
- 112km remaining from 134.4km
The three riders are Chantal Hoffmann, Hayley Simmonds and Loes Adegeest and they have just 11 seconds on the peloton at the moment.
Well, never mind that. Three riders prove no match for the peloton, who have them in their clutches again.
As well as Marta Bastianelli, another rider high up on the list of contenders is Marianne Vos. The Dutchwoman put in a hugely impressive ride to win the third round of the Women's WorldTour, the Trofeo Alfredo Binda. CCC-Liv have just five riders today but Vos is more than capable enough to make up for that.
71 Marianne Vos (Ned)
72 Valerie Demey (Bel)
73 Evy Kuijpers (Ned)
74 Marta Lach (Pol)
75 Agnieszka Skalniak (Pol)
Ale Cipollini has last year's runner up Chloe Hosking in their line-up today. Hosking has two wins under her belt already this season and has looked consistent since she came to Europe at the start of March.
21 Jelena Eric (Srb)
22 Chloe Hosking (Aus)
23 Diana Peñuela (Col)
24 Romy Kasper (Ger)
25 Anna Trevisi (Ita)
26 Marjolein Van'T Geloof (Ned)
Mitchelton-Scott had D'hoore last year, but she moved to Boels Dolmans over the winter so they're having to look elsewhere for their contenders today. The in-form Amanda Spratt is racing, though she is likely to play more of a team role today. Instead, they have the Gracie Elvin and Sarah Roy as their more likely prospects for success.
111 Jessica Allen (Aus)
112 Gracie Elvin (Aus)
113 Grace Brown (Aus)
114 Sarah Roy (Aus)
115 Amanda Spratt (Aus)
116 Moniek Tenniglo (Ned)
- 101km remaining from 134.4km
After a frenetic start to the day, there has been a bit of a lull in the action. The riders are taking the opportunity to drop back to the team car. It has been an extremely quick race so far.
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There has been a crash in the bunch with Rotem Gafinovitz and Evy Kuijpers going down. Fortunately, both riders seem relatively ok and have made it back to the peloton.
The average speed over the opening hour of racing was a zippy 41.8k.
- 86km remaining from 134.4km
Mitchelton-Scott are currently pushing the pace at the front of the peloton with Moniek Tenniglo. The pace is such that nobody has been able to break clear so far but Daniela Reis is the next rider to have a go at snapping the elastic.
The riders are heading through Leffinge, and from there they will move towards Middelkerke and the coast again. The crosswinds did nothing the last time, will they do anything this time?
At the moment, Reis is making up more ground than all of the previous break attempts and she has gained 20 seconds on the peloton. She is alone, so it's going to be tough to keep the bunch at bay.
In the meantime, let's take a look at another few potential contenders for today. WNT-Rotor were busy in the winter and snapped up some strong riders for this season. Kirsten Wild and Lisa Brennauer are two such riders and they - Wild in particular - could be at the pointy end in today's finale.
191 Lisa Brennauer (Ger)
192 Claudia Koster (Ned)
193 Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can)
194 Sarah Rijkes (Aut)
195 Lea Lin Teutenberg (Ger)
196 Kirsten Wild (Ned)
Trek-Segafredo have three potential options in Lauretta Hanson, Letizia Paternoster and Lotta Lepisto. Who will they go for? My guess would be Lepisto, but the other two are very strong options.
181 Lauretta Hanson (Aus)
182 Lotta Lepistö (Fin)
183 Letizia Paternoster (Ita)
184 Eleonora van Dijk (Ned)
185 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita)
186 Trixi Worrack (Ger)
The peloton is all back together again after bring back Reis. It's better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all.
Who else could come out with the victory today? Well, Arlenis Sierra is another potential contender. The Cuban rider has been growing in strength over the last couple of years. She won the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in January. This is just her second race in Europe this season, after riding the Trofeo Alfredo Binda last week.
- 69km remaining from 134.4km
The peloton remains intact as the riders wiggle their way along the coast. De Panne is in the near distance. They will make the first of three passages across the line with 35 kilometres to go.
No sooner do I write that and the bunch begins to break up. It is nothing to do with the crosswinds, but the narrow and twisting roads. These caused a lot of problems in yesterday's race and let's hope that the peloton can get through safely today.
No lasting ramifications from those splits and the bunch is back together again.
- 63km remaining from 134.4km
A spot of lunch for the riders as they pass through the feed zone. They will be entering the final circuits soon and we can expect the action to ramp up again.
Meanwhile, there has been another fall in the bunch. Hayley Simmonds and Amiliya Iskakova were involved but they have made their way back to the bunch.
Not that it will be much of a concern for the riders at this point in the season, but the lead in the WorldTour rankings is up for grabs today. Marta Bastianelli is the current leader but Marianne Vos is just 10 points behind her. Third placed Chantal Blaak is not racing here today.
- 53km remaining from 134.4km
Severine Eraud has attacked the peloton now. Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport have been pretty active so far today. She has 20 seconds on the bunch at the moment.
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As we near our final circuit, I'm going to chuck out a few outside contenders for today. Lotto Soudal pairing Lotte Kopecky and Thi That Nguyen, Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Bigla), Alexis Ryan (Canyon-SRAM), Charlotte Becker and Emilia Fahlin (FDJ), Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel), and Leah Kirchmann and Floortje Mackaij (Sunweb).
The riders are into the final circuit now and Eraud's lead is diminishing. She has just 10 seconds on the bunch behind.
The riders are forced to stop at a level crossing due to a train coming through. It won't be long before they're on their way again.
- 42km remaining from 134.4km
We're on our way again and we have some attacks going off the front.
Two riders are out front and we have one more trying to bridge the gap.
Behind, the peloton is splitting up. A group of seven have created a gap at the front of the bunch.
The other riders are wise to it and it's all closed down. At the same time, the attack that went just after the restart has also been caught. It appears that Eraud was caught just before the brief stoppage.
The pace is ramping up and the peloton is in a long line. It looks like Van den Bos is trying to push the pace for Boels Dolmans.
Lucinda Brand has a little dig off the front for Team Sunweb. I mentioned Kirchmann and Mackaij before, but they also have Andersen in their line-up today.
Brand was brought back and we have non-stop attacking at the moment.
And we have a crash in the bunch. Two members of the Health Mate team go down and so does Sarah Roy of Mitchelton-Scott.
The incident happened in a pinch point. There are going to be lots of these on this finishing circuit.
The peloton is into De Panne now and it's not just pinch points to contend with. There are also a lot of tram tracks to be careful of.
Another crash and Lizzie Banks has gone down.
Longo Borghini is also involved. He bike is tangled up with another rider's bike and she struggled to detangle it. In frustration, she chucks Banks' bike.
A replay shows that Banks ends up off the course briefly and she goes straight over the handlebars. Her flying bike hits Longo Borghini and takes the Italian out. There was nothing Longo Borghini could do, she probably didn't even see it coming.
- 32km remaining from 134.4km
Meanwhile, up front Bertizzolo has gone up the road.
Bertizzolo leads the youth ranking in the Women's WorldTour. She is also in the same team as the overall leader Bastianelli. This is a good move by the team as they do not have to work on the front of the peloton.
In the peloton, Canyon-SRAM and Ale Cipollini have taken up the pace setting. Mitchelton-Scott asre also still up there.
There is a lot of bright yellow/green going on at the front I feel I need to put on my sunglasses.
- 30km remaining from 134.4km
Bertizzolo has a growing gap on the peloton. Heading into the final 30 kilometres, she has 30 seconds. That's more than anyone else has had so far today.
The peloton is stringing out as teams try to mount a chase. More splits happening in the bunch as Boels Dolmans lead the way.
Longo Borghini doesn't seem too badly affected by that crash. She's up near the front of the peloton.
Christine Majerus now pushes on the front and causes another split. She slows, takes a look behind her and then pushes again. Lots of riders trying to follow but nobody wants to work with her.
The Majerus move is caught and Van den Bos is the next to go. Van den Bos won Le Samyn des Dames earlier this month.
Van den Bos is reeled in but all of these attacks are cutting into Bertizzolo's lead. She has just a few seconds now on the peloton.
Amy Pieter is the next Boels Dolmans rider to attack and she brings Bertizzolo back.
Pieters and Bertizzolo have four other riders with them and this group has a small margin on the pack, which is splitting up once again.
Brand, Hansen and Knetemann are also in that leading group. This is a strong move.
It's all back together again as the peloton catch the leaders.
The twisting nature of this finale make it very difficult to control for the peloton.
- 21km remaining from 134.4km
Ellen van Dijk is up near the front for Trek-Segafredo. She is brilliant at bringing breakaway's back, but she is very reliable in a breakaway too.
With all of this aggression, more teams are trying to put a rider up near the front just in case things irreparably break up.
A chance to breath as the attacks stop briefly but the riders are sizing each other up, waiting for the next move to come.
- 18km remaining from 134.4km
WNT-Rotor have moved to the front with Rijkes and Brennauer. Wild is well hidden in the bunch at the moment.
The riders pass through the finish line and the pace has drastically slowed for now. The next time they come to the line they will be fighting for the win.
It feels like the calm before the storm at the moment as the peloton heads out of town on this final lap. The tension is palpable.
At the front, most of the teams are represented. Majerus is up there for Boels Dolmans while Alice Barnes is moving up for Canyon-SRAM. Van Dijk is up there, too.
- 15km remaining from 134.4km
The peloton has been reduced quite a bit following all those attacks. A few small groups have been dropped off the back. Still, all the major teams appear to have their sprinters in the main pack.
We didn't have to wait too long before we got some more attacks. The peloton is hot onto it and the move is shut down immediately.
Marta Bastianelli has made her way up to the front of the peloton. She wants to keep an eye on these attacks herself.
A bit of an incident at the back of the peloton. Thankfully, nobody seemed to go down and everyone is on their way again.
A crash at the back of the peloton. It looks like Mitchelton-Scott's Grace Brown has gone down. Lucinda Brand has also crashed very heavily.
It looks like Brand who touched wheels with someone and Brown hit the stricken Dutchwoman.
It took some time for Brand to get up and moving but I think that was precaution from the race doctor. Thankfully, she is on her way again, as is Brown.
- 8km remaining from 134.4km
Into the final 10km and Pieters and Spratt have pulled out a small gap on the peloton.
The gap is closed down again, this time by Longo Borghini. Nothing is being given any space at the moment.
- 6km remaining from 134.4km
Riders struggling to keep in touch with the peloton under this high pace and the group is getting ever smaller.
Hanson pushing hard on the front and she has Lepisto on her wheel with Longo Borghini behind.
Lepisto now moves into third wheel as Longo Borghini moves up a space. Meanwhile, Van Dijk is coming up to the front as well.
Paternoster is also up there and Trek-Segafredo still have two options for this finish.
Bertizzolo is battling to get back onto the peloton. She lost contact after riding into the grass briefly.
- 4km remaining from 134.4km
Boels Dolmans have assembled at the front, too. They have their whole team up there.
CCC Team is up there for Vos, and Kirchmann is looming up near the front for Sunweb.
- 3km remaining from 134.4km
With three kilometres to go, it looks like we're destined for a bunch sprint. Who will win?
There are some tight bends near the finish, so positioning will be very key.
The group has really thinned out as Boels Dolmans, Trek-Segafredo and Mitchelton-Scott take turns at the front.
Bastianelli has maybe one rider with her, but she's hanging on the wheels of the bigger teams at the moment.
Kirsten Wild has been dropped off towards the front by Lisa Brennauer.
Now Hosking is coming up to the front for the first time.
Sunweb take it up with 500 to go
Majerus leads out Dideriksen
Wild goes now
Wild takes the win.
This is only Kirsten Wild's second race on the road since the track World Championships and that was a hugely impressive ride.
Brennauer moved Wild up to the front at the right time and used her time trialling skills to deliver a great lead-out.
The shot from the front made the sprint look a lot closer than it actually was. In the end, Wild took it by quite some margin.
Nokere Koerse winner Lorena Wiebes took second and Lotte Kopecky finished in third.
After a solid lead-out Dideriksen got boxed in during that sprint and finished outside the top 10. Unusually, Boels Dolmans finish the fourth WorldTour race of the season without a win. It probably won't be too long before the secure one, though. They'll have another chance at Gent-Wevelgem at the weekend.
Here is the top 10 after that chaotic finish
1 Kirsten Wild (Ned) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling
2 Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
3 Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
4 Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo Women
5 Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team Sunweb Women
6 Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling
7 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling
8 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
9 Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team
10 Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv
Incidentally, it was Brennauer that persuaded Wild to move to WNT over the winter. I bet she's very happy with that decision now.
Here are a few words from today's winner.
"Did I expect it? Well, I had quite a busy season behind me in track racing and then directly into road racing, so actually I was a bit tired. I didn’t really expect it, but I hoped for some really fast legs on the road," she said.
Given the way that things finished, Bastianelli should keep the lead of the WorldTour competition.
That second place was very impressive for Wiebes. She's really getting into her stride this season. She already won at Nokere Koerse but this field was much stronger and so this is arguably a much better result. She is only 20, so there is plenty more to come from here as she develops as a rider.
Results and photos are winging their way in and it'll all be here in due course, along with a full report.
Here is Kirsten Wild taking the win a little while ago.
That is all from me and the Driedaagse de Panne. Thank you for joining us.