Johansson wins Le Samyn des Dames

Moolman-Pasio, De Vuyst round out podium

Orica-AIS's Emma Johansson claimed her first race victory of the 2014 season in Le Samyn des Dames, besting South African Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Hitec Products) and Sofie de Vuyst ( in the sprint finish.

It was also the first European win for Orica-AIS after a disappointing result in this weekend's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

"We were a little disappointed with our performance on Saturday," Sport Director Gene Bates said. "It was good to get second at Het Nieuwsblad but the team didn't work together as well as it could have. We had an extra emphasis on teamwork today.

"We know Emma is on good form," Bates noted. "She wanted to go for the win, so the plan was to set her up today – either in a breakaway or in a kick. The uphill finish suited her."

Johansson was equally pleased to take the win, having come second to Giant-Shimano's Amy Pieters on Saturday.

"It means a lot to the team to win races this way," said Johansson. "There was a big difference between today and the way we raced last weekend, and it shows that when we race as a team, we can win. Just coming into today, everybody was more prepared and focused. I think that was really important for us."

The 111.6km one-day race was full of attacks and counter-attacks. The first to go was Vera Koedooder (Bigla), who went solo on the first lap, but her move did not last over the top of the cobbled Côte de Montignies sur Roc. Much of the action was then concentrated in the tricky 21km circuit.

French champion Elise Delzenne (Specialized-lululemon) put in a promising solo attack on the final lap, but she was unable to withstand the pressure from the peloton.

"It's ten kilometres to the finish from the top of the cobbled hill," explained Johansson. "There were a lot of attacks after that hill on the last lap, but I felt like we had it completely under control. I still wasn't completely confident that I could win or exactly how I would do it in the end."

"I gave it a crack on the cobbled hill," Johansson added. "That split things up. My legs were burning form the effort, so I hope the legs were burning a bit for the others, too."

With 5km to go, Delzenne was caught, and although several attacks and counter-attacks were launched in the final kilometers, the group was largely intact for the finish. Moolman-Pasio launched her sprint early, but only served as an unwitting lead-out for Johansson.

"We didn't have any riders available for a proper train," said Johansson. "Everyone had done so much work, so it was up to me find my own way. No team had a lead-out. Everyone was sort of on their own."

"Ashleigh started the sprint really early," Johansson added. "She gave me quite a good lead-out. I didn't think too much. I just knew when it was the right time to go – and so I did."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS2:48:25 
2Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products  
3Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) - Zannata  
4Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
5Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano  
6Maura Kinsella (USA) USA National Team  
7Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
8Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products  
9Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda  
10Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Tibco / To The Top  
11Latoya Brulee (Bel) - Zannata  
12Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano  
13Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
14Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
15Kaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
16Aude Biannic (Fra) Lointek  
17Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
18Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products  
19Daniela Gass (Ger) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
20Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
21Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) - Zannata  
22Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
23Celine Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
24Esra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
25Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized - Lululemon  
26Sarah Roy (Aus) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
27Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
28Samantha Schneider (USA) Tibco / To The Top  
29Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec Products  
30Lauren Stephens (USA) Tibco / To The Top  
31Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
32Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Lointek  
33Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon  
34Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products  
35Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
36Carmen Small (USA) Specialized - Lululemon  
37Elise Delzenne (Fra) Specialized - Lululemon  
38Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team  
39Annelies Dom (Bel) - Zannata  
40Jessy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:10 
41Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.860:00:12 
42Janine Van Der Meer (Ned) - Zannata0:00:20 
43Marion Rousse (Fra) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:00:25 
44Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS  
45Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS  
46Alexis Ryan (USA) USA National Team  
47Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano  
48Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:30 
49Vera Koedooder (Ned) Bigla Cycling Team  
50Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
51Valerie Demey (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
52Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
53Claire Thomas (GBr) Velosport Pasta Montegrappa  
54Carlee Taylor (Aus) Orica - AIS  
55Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
56Alice Algisi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
57Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
58Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team0:00:40 
59Shana Van Glabeke (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
60Taryn Heather (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team  
61Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:02:10 
62Nina Kessler (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:02:30 
63Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
64Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
65Jessie Maclean (Aus) Orica - AIS  
66Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
67Brianna Walle (USA) USA National Team  
68Fanny Riberot (Fra) Lointek  
69Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
70Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
71Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - Lululemon  
72Lauren Komanski (USA) USA National Team  
73Dobrynina Kseniia (Rus) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
74Anika Todd (Can) Tibco / To The Top  
75Kim De Baat (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
76Nicole Vernhout (Ned)  
77Evy Kuijpers (Ned) - Zannata  
78Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
79Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
80Lucy Coldwell (GBr) Velosport Pasta Montegrappa  
81Wiranda Spoor (Ned) Jan Van Arckel  
82Lydia Boylan (Irl) Velosport Pasta Montegrappa  
83Sandra Weiss (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
84Katarína Hranaiová (Cze) Bigla Cycling Team  
85Melanie Späth (Irl) Team Rytger  
86Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda  
87Natasja Nieuwenhuizen (Ned) Endura Lady Force  
88Demmy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
89Judith Bloem (Ned) Jan Van Arckel  
90Nathalie Verschelden (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
91Marjolein Claessen (Ned) Endura Lady Force  
92Jane Barr (GBr) Scotland  
93Molly Meyvisch (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
94Nike Berckeringh (Ned) Jan Van Arckel  
95Kirsten Peetoom (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
96Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
97Elke Bolangier (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
98Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
99Steffi Lodewyks (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
100Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek  
101Liesbeth Verbiest (Bel) Mixte Team 1 Napoleon Games  
102Rikke Lønne (Den) Team Rytger  
103Michelle Geoghegan (Irl) Endura Lady Force  
104Marleen Pardon (Ned)  
105Kerry Macphee (GBr) Scotland  
106Lensy Debboudt (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
107Anna Knauer (Ger) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
108Amanda Miller (USA) Tibco / To The Top  
109Dana Lodewyks (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
110Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
111Simona Frapporti (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
112Beatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
113Karen Elzing (Ned) Jan Van Arckel  
114Jasmine Dotti (Ita) Velosport Pasta Montegrappa  
115Sofie Van Horik (Ned)  


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