Wild wins women's Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne

Dutchwoman victorious in Women's WorldTour sprint

Kirsten Wild (WNT-Rotor) moved seamlessly from the track to the road, winning the Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne one-day race with her strong sprint. After a fast race without a lasting breakaway, Wild launched her sprint at the right moment and won, with Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal Ladies) rounding out the podium.

"I am very happy," said Wild after the finish. "I had a busy winter with track racing, then directly switched to the road, so I was actually a bit tired. It is great to start like this, in a Women's WorldTour race on the highest level."

Starting in the medieval city centre of Brugge and finishing in the bustling seaside resort of De Panne, the race covered 134.4km, mostly along or near the North Sea coast. Unlike last year, the wind was only a very light breeze, so there were no echelons. Combined with only one cobblestone section that came in the first 15km, a mass sprint was almost inevitable. The race finished with 2.5 laps of a 17.7km finishing circuit.

This did not deter the more aggressive riders of the peloton, however. Anja Longyka (BTC City Ljubljana), Sheyla Gutierrez (Movistar Team), Chantal Hoffmann (Lotto Soudal Ladies), Hayley Simmonds (BTC City Ljubljana), Loes Adegeest (Parkhotel Valkenburg), and Daniela Reis (Doltcini-Van Eyck) all tried their luck, but none of them could stay away for more than a few kilometres against a determined peloton.

Séverine Eraud (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) held her own the longest, building a gap of half a minute after attacking with 56km to go. The Frenchwoman was reeled in at the start of the finishing laps, 44km from the line.

The narrow roads and tram tracks on the finishing circuit made for nervous racing with several crashes, though nobody was badly injured. Sofia Bertizzolo (Team Virtu Cycling), the leader of the UCI Women’s WorldTour youth ranking, went solo with 33km to go. Bertizzolo soon had an advantage of 22 seconds, causing a surge in pace as Boels Dolmans worked hard to bring her back.

When Bertizzolo's move had been neutralised with 22km left to race, there were new attacks, with Boels Dolmans being particularly active, but nobody managed to get away and the peloton eventually settled into the sprint preparation. A move by Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) and Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) on the Veurne market square with 8.5 km to go was immediately shut down by Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo).

On the final kilometres, the sprint trains vied with each other for the best position, and it was Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) who led out her teammate Amalie Dideriksen for the sprint. The Danish champion had to start her sprint very early and faltered while Kirsten Wild and Lorena Wiebes came from behind with superior speed. Lotte Kopecky had to go around Dideriksen and just missed out on second place against Wiebes, but Wild was superior and won with over a bike length to her nearest competitors.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling Team3:13:07 
2Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
3Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
4Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek - Segafredo  
5Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team Sunweb  
6Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
7Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
8Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope  
9Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team  
10Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv  
11Roxane Fournier (Fra) Movistar Team Women  
12Julie Leth (Den) Bigla Pro Cycling  
13Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
14Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini  
15Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM  
16Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
17Nina Kessler (Ned) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
18Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM  
19Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
20Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
21Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate - Ladies Team  
22Kendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
23Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
24Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
25Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:04 
26Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb  
27Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Bigla Pro Cycling  
28Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
29Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport  
30Mia Radotić (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
31Thi That Nguyen (Vie) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
32Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
33Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
34Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
35Christina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
36Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team0:00:08 
37Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Trek - Segafredo  
38Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
39Claudia Koster (Ned) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
40Maria Apolonia Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
41Anastasiia Chursina (Rus) BTC City Ljubljana  
42Janine Van Der Meer (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
43Daniela Reis (Por) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport  
44Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope  
45Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
46Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
47Eva Buurman (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
48Agnieszka Skalniak (Pol) CCC-Liv  
49Sara Mustonen (Swe) Health Mate - Ladies Team  
50Kelly Markus (Ned) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport  
51Greta Richioud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope  
52Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
53Valerie Demey (Bel) CCC-Liv  
54Charlotte Becker (Ger) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope  
55Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
56Olga Shekel (Ukr) Astana Women's Team  
57Charlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope  
58Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek - Segafredo  
59Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
60Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:00:15 
61Alana Castrique (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
62Diana Carolina Peñuela Martinez (Col) Ale Cipollini  
63Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
64Monique Van De Ree (Ned) BTC City Ljubljana  
65Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling  
66Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
67Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Health Mate - Ladies Team  
68Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
69Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu Cycling  
70Laura Süßemilch (Ger) Health Mate - Ladies Team  
71Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling0:00:20 
72Coralie Demay (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope  
73Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
74Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team  
75Skylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
76Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
77Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
78Lea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
79Sarah Rijkes (Aut) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
80Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Mitchelton Scott  
81Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek - Segafredo0:00:23 
82Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek - Segafredo  
83Maaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City Ljubljana  
84Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb  
85Kirstie Van Haaften (Ned) Health Mate - Ladies Team  
86Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipollini  
87Victoire Berteau (Fra) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport  
88Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling Team0:00:28 
89Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport  
90Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
91Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
92Paula Andrea Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women  
93Christina Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate - Ladies Team0:00:31 
94Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM  
95Mieke Kröger (Ger) Team Virtu Cycling0:00:48 
96Jelena Erić (Srb) Ale Cipollini  
97Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM0:01:01 
98Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:01:07 
99Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
100Trixi Worrack (Ger) Trek - Segafredo0:01:12 
101Evy Kuijpers (Ned) CCC-Liv0:01:15 
102Martina Alzini (Ita) Bigla Pro Cycling0:01:44 
103Marta Lach (Pol) CCC-Liv  
104Amiliya Iskakova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team  
105Hayley Simmonds (GBr) BTC City Ljubljana  
106Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
107Jeydy Pradera Bernal (Cub) Astana Women's Team  
108Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Canyon-SRAM  
109Sylvie Swinkels (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
110Tanja Erath (Ger) Canyon-SRAM0:03:15 
111Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb  
112Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:03:34 
DNFElizabeth Banks (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling  
DNFAnja Longyka (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFFloortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFLucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFLoes Adegeest (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFSeverine Eraud (Fra) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport  

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