Kirsten Wild wins Gent-Wevelgem women's race

Wiebes and Pasternoster complete podium

Kirsten Wild (WNT-Rotor) won the women's Gent-Wevelgem in a mass sprint. Up-and-coming Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) took second place, Letizia Paternoster (Trek-Segafredo) was third. Fourth-placed Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling) defendes her lead in the UCI Women's WorldTour, Wiebes now leads the youth ranking.

Starting in Ypres and finishing in Wevelgem, the race covered 136.9 km. The main difficulties were the Baneberg, Kemmelberg, and Monteberg, each of which had to be climbed twice, with two "Plugstreet" gravel sections in between. Another difficulty was the wind, blowing hard from a northeasterly direction.

The first hour of racing was very fast with a 43 km/h average. There were no breakaways, but several riders were taken out by crashes. The pace over the Baneberg and the cobbled Kemmelberg as well as the descent from the Kemmelberg strung out the peloton. 77 km from the finish, Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) tried a first attack on the Monteberg that was quickly neutralised.

The big teams took charge on the gravel Plugstreets. A high pace set by Boels Dolmans, Team Sunweb, and CCC-Liv caused splits in the peloton, but the dropped riders could come back on afterwards. Anna Trevisi (Alé Cipollini) made two attempts at a solo breakaway; when she had been reeled in, her teammate Romy Kasper tried her luck. The German held a 21-second gap over the Baneberg, but Mitchelton-Scott brought her back with 42 km to go, shortly before the second ascent of the Kemmelberg.

Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) led the peloton onto the steep cobbles, then Marta Bastianelli and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) took over at the front. At the top, Bastianelli and Niewiadoma had a small gap to the rest, and the peloton fractured in the technical descent.

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) and Demi Vollering (Parkhotel Valkenburg) brought a group of about 30 riders up to the front duo just before the Monteberg where Moolman-Pasio put in an attack but did not get away.

Just over 30 km remained after the Monteberg. Sofia Bertizzolo (Team Virtu Cycling) went on a solo attack, with Daniela Reis (Doltcini-Van Eyck) and Elizabeth Holden (Drops) trying to bridge to her. 26 km from the finish, Bertizzolo and Reis held an advantage of 27 seconds while Holden was back in the peloton that had grown to more than 50 riders.

Bertizzolo and Reis still had a small gap going through Ypres but were caught with 22 km to go. Team Sunweb tried to put the race in the gutter and form echelons on the stretch towards Wevelgem, but the wind did not come from the perfect direction for this.

Instead, the headwind meant that while there was no shortage of attacks in the final 20 kilometres, nobody could really get away. The most promising move came from Sarah Roy (Mitchelton), Jip van den Bos (Boels Dolmans), and Demi de Jong (Lotto Soudal Ladies) who held onto a small gap for several kilometres before being caught 5 km from the line.

Trek-Segafredo's Lotta Lepistö led the peloton onto the finishing straight with her teammate Letizia Paternoster on her wheel and Bastianelli, Kirsten Wild, and Lorena Wiebes behind the young Italian. Wild launched her sprint with 200 metres to go and held off all challengers to win half a bikelength ahead of Wiebes, with Paternoster just beating Bastianelli for third place.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling Team3:33:34 
2Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
3Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
4Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
5Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
6Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
7Michela Balducci (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
8Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon / /Sram Racing  
9Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
10Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
11Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling  
12Sara Mustonen (Swe) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
13Marianne Vos (Ned) Ccc-Liv  
14Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team  
15Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo  
16Nina Kessler (Ned) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
17Henrietta Colborne (GBr) Biehler Pro Cycling  
18Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
19Roxane Fournier (Fra) Movistar Team Women  
20Julie Leth (Den) Bigla  
21Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini  
22Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling  
23Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb  
24Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb  
25Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
26Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
27Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
28Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Ccc-Liv  
29Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Bigla  
30Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
31Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon / /Sram Racing  
32Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Btc City Ljubljana  
33Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
34Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
35Demi Vollering (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
36Demi De Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
37Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
38Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
39Carmela Cipriani (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
40Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
41Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Drops  
42Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
43Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
44Daniela Reis (Por) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling  
45Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Drops  
46Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Btc City Ljubljana  
47Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
48Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
49Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
50Elena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
51Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Mitchelton Scott  
52Anouska Koster (Ned) Team Virtu Cycling  
53Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb  
54Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Bigla  
55Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
56Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
57Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
58Skylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
59Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
60Eugénie Duval (Fra) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
61Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women  
62Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
63Lara Vieceli (Ita) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
64Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale Cipollini  
65Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
66Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
67Sofia Beggin (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
68Charlotte Becker (Ger) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
69Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb  
70Leah Thomas (USA) Bigla  
71Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
72Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
73Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
74Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
75Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Ccc-Liv  
76Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
77Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
78Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon / /Sram Racing  
79Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
80Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
81Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Ccc-Liv  
82Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
83Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
84Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon / /Sram Racing  
85Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon / /Sram Racing  
86Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
87Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon / /Sram Racing  
88Lonneke Uneken (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:02:50 
89Christina Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
90Nina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:04:02 
91Severine Eraud (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling0:05:53 
92Claudia Koster (Ned) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
93Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:05:59 
94Sophie Wright (GBr) Bigla  
95Anna Christian (GBr) Drops  
96Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipollini0:13:30 
97Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
98Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team  
99Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
100Trixi Worrack (Ger) Trek-Segafredo  
101Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
DNFHannah Payton (GBr) Drops  
DNFLucy Shaw (GBr) Drops  
DNFGrace Anderson (NZl) Drops  
DNFHayley Simmonds (GBr) Btc City Ljubljana  
DNFSaartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling  
DNFValerie Demey (Bel) Ccc-Liv  
DNFAnastasiia Chursina (Rus) Btc City Ljubljana  
DNFBryony Van Velzen (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling  
DNFUrska Pintar (Slo) Btc City Ljubljana  
DNFMarta Lach (Pol) Ccc-Liv  
DNFOlga Shekel (Ukr) Astana Women's Team  
DNFJulia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFMieke Kröger (Ger) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFChristina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFDanielle Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFAlana Castrique (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFSilvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
DNFMarie Soleil Blais (Can) Astana Women's Team  
DNFLauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFMakhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team  
DNFTeuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
DNFMerel Hofman (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
DNFQuinty Ton (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
DNFNienke Wasmus (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
DNFMikayla Harvey (NZl) Bigla  
DNFGiulia Marchesini (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
DNFChanella Stougje (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNFLara Defour (Bel) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
DNFKirstie Van Haaften (Ned) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
DNFZsófia Szabó (Hun) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
DNFLucy Garner (GBr) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNFIngvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNFGabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJulie Solvang (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNFGreta Richioud (Fra) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFJessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
DNFMalgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women  
DNFGloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
DNFPernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb  
DNFKendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFLauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFVita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNSMonique Van De Ree (Ned) Btc City Ljubljana  

 

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