Neben solos to victory in GP Stad Roeselare

Johansson tops Visser in field sprint for second

HTC-Highroad's Amber Neben claimed her first ever one-day classic victory in the Stad Roeselare Classic in Belgium on Sunday. The 36-year-old attacked 20 kilometers from the line and stayed away for a lone win. Swedish champion Emma Johansson (Hitek Products UCK) claimed the sprint for second over HTC's Adrie Visser .

"I felt that going for it at 20 kilometers or so was the right moment," said Neben. "Adrie had just come up to my group so I felt I should take that risk and attack, knowing I had a teammate there. It was difficult but I felt good and after how hard the race had been all day, I felt that if I could get a gap I might be able to make it work.

"When I got to five kilometers and I still had 45 seconds I thought I could stick it. A lot of people say 'ten seconds for every kilometer' so I figured it was going to be close, but I still had a little bit of energy and good rhythm."

"But you don't take anything for granted and I didn't want to celebrate until I saw the finish line."

The first attack of the day came from relatively unknown riders Esra Trump (Skil Koga) and Linda Ringlever (Moving Ladies), but the pair could not hold their advantage on the unforgiving hills.

Shara Gillow (Australia) overcame a crash to launch a gutsy solo move that gained 1:30 on the peloton, but eventually she, too was pulled back.

Neben put in her move just as Gillow was being caught, and it was third time's a charm. Her breakaway stuck, and Neben became the first American winner of the GP Stad Roeselare.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amber Neben (USA) Team HTC-Highroad Women3:34:05 
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Team Hitec Products Uck0:00:36 
3Adrie Visser (Ned) Team HTC-Highroad Women  
4Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team  
5Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
6Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink -  
7Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Team Garmin - Cervélo  
8Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012  
9Christine Majerus (Lux) Team GSD Gestion  
10Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit  
11Andrea Bosman (Ned) W.V. Eemland  
12Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Hitec Products Uck  
13Chloe Hosking (Aus) Team HTC-Highroad Women  
14Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
15Marie Lindberg (Swe) ABUS - Nutrixxion  
16Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
17Joëlle Numainville (Can) Team TIBCO - To The Top  
18Helen Wyman (GBr)  
19Grace Verbeke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012  
20Lise Nøstvold (Nor) Team Hitec Products Uck  
21Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team HTC-Highroad Women  
22Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Team HTC-Highroad Women  
23Amanda Spratt (Aus)  
24Patricia Schwager (Swi) Nederland Bloeit  
25Ashleigh Moolman (Swi) Lotto Honda Team  
26Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012  
27Sharon Laws (GBr) Team Garmin - Cervélo  
28Ann-sophie Duyck (Bel) Wielerclub Steeds Vooraan - Kontich W.  
29Jessie Daams (Bel) Team Garmin - Cervélo  
30Amanda Miller (USA) Team HTC-Highroad Women  
31Shara Gillow (Aus)  
32Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss  
33Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl0:00:47 
34Heleen Van Vliet (Ned) AA Drink -  
35Linda Villumsen (NZl) AA Drink -  
36Irene Van De Broek (Ned) AA Drink -  
37Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 20120:00:49 
38Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012  
39Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Honda Team0:00:52 
40Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Specialized - DPD Pakketservice Women0:07:45 
41Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Skil - Koga  
42Anna-bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) ABUS - Nutrixxion  
43Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
44Vera Koedooder (Ned) Specialized - DPD Pakketservice Women  
45Yulia Iliynikh (Rus)  
46Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) ABUS - Nutrixxion  
47Jessica Glasbergen (Ned) W.V. Eemland  
48Emilie Moberg (Nor) Team Hitec Products Uck  
49Pascale Schnider (Swi)  
50Davina Summers (Aus) Bizkaia-Durango  
51Petra Dijkman (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
52Inge Roggeman (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
53Laure Werner (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
54Janneke Ensing (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
55Linda Ringlever (Ned) Moving Ladies  
56Sanne Bamelis (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
57Catherine Delfosse (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
58Annelies Visser (Ned) Batavus Ladies Cycling Team  
59Genevieve Whitson (NZl)  
60Natalie Creswick (GBr) Rapha Racing  
61Leah Guloien (Can)  
62Miriam Bjørnsrud (Nor) Ladies Cyclingteam Water, Land En Dijken  
63Lucy Martin (GBr) Team Garmin - Cervélo  
64Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus)  
65Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Team Fenixs - Kuota  
66Emma Silversides (GBr) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
67Noortje Tabak (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
68Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Skil - Koga  
69Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil - Koga  
70Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus)  
71Iris Slappendel (Ned) Team Garmin - Cervélo  
72Irina Molicheva (Rus)  
73Leah Kirchmann (Can)  
74Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Garmin - Cervélo  
75Lauren Kitchen (Aus)  
76Anna Fischer (Ger) ABUS - Nutrixxion  


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