Blaak wins Le Samyn des Dames

Boels Dolmans rider takes sprint victory

Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) won the bunch sprint that decided the Le Samyn des Dames race after a six-rider attack was reeled back in the final kilometres.

Blaak beat Anna van der Breggan (Rabo Liv Women), with last year’s winner Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS), completing the podium. It is the first victory of the season for Blaak, who finished fourth at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last weekend, and the seventh win for her Boels Dolmans team.

The main peloton split into two groups after the race entered the finishing circuits with the pace stringing the bunch out in one long line. It came together again but six riders went clear with just over 20 kilometres remaining. The strong leading group consisted of Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS), Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans), Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-Honda), Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv Women) and Amy Pieters (Liv-Plantur).

The six worked well together to build a lead of a minute but the peloton had their number. In an exciting run to the line, their gap was brought down to a mere eight seconds with five kilometres remaining. The held the peloton off a little longer but were eventually caught two kilometres later.

"Last Saturday we were very strong as a team in the Omloop Het NIeuwsblad, it was a shame we could not win that race. That's why we really wanted this victory," said Blaak, who joined the team having spent 2014 with Specialized - Lululemon. "It's incredible how good we are doing at this moment, everybody is racing very strong. It didn't take any time at all to fit in with this riders."


Full Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2:56:03 
2Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS  
4Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
5Jolien D`Hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda  
6Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
7Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
8Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
9Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
10Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
11Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS  
12Shelley Olds (USA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
13Joelle Numainville (Can) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
14Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products  
15Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
16Rossella Ratto (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
17Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:06 
18Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:07 
19Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica - AIS  
20Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata0:00:09 
21Kaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
22Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:10 
23Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
24Coryn Rivera (USA) USA National Team  
25Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
26Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
27Molly Weaver (GBr) Matrix Fitness  
28Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
29Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Jan Van Arckel  
30Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata  
31Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
32Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
33Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda  
34Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
35Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:16 
36Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
37Iris Slappendel (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
38Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur  
39Riejanne Markus (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
40Alexis Ryan (USA) USA National Team0:00:22 
41Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS0:00:25 
42Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS0:00:32 
43Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products  
44Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
45Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
46Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
47Amy Charity (USA) USA National Team  
48Christina Siggaard (Den) Matrix Fitness  
49Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
50Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Team Liv-Plantur  
51Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
52Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:34 
53Valerie Demey (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
54Nina Kessler (Ned) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata  
55Celine Van Severen (Bel) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata0:00:43 
56Femke Verstichelen (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
57Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
58Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
59Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
60Kendall Ryan (USA) USA National Team  
61Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda  
62Laura Jorgensen (USA) USA National Team  
63Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
64Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
65Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
66Shana Van Glabeke (Bel) Hitec Products  
67Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
68Kaat Van Der Meulen (Bel) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata  
69Heather Fischer (USA) USA National Team  
70Corine Van Der Zijden (Ned) Feminine Cycling Team  
71Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink Laclassica  
72Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Lointek Team  
73Simona Bortolotti (Ita) Bepink Laclassica  
74Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
75Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
76Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Lointek Team  
77Demmy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
78Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
79Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
80Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
81Steffy Van Den Haute (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
82Molly Meyvisch (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
83Nathalie Verschelden (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
84Jelena Eric (Srb) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
85Marie Schousboe Vilmann (Den) Bms Birn  
86Tamina Oliver (GBr) Jos Feron Lady Force  
87Evelyn Garcia (ESa) Lointek Team  
88Dani Christmas (GBr) Isorex Cycling Team  
89Daniela Gass (Ger) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
90Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
91Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
92Sophie Lacher (Ger) Feminine Cycling Team  
93Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
94Rebecca Nixon (GBr) Mix Team Velosport  
95Nike Beckerringh (Ned) Jan Van Arckel  
96Annabelle Dreville (Fra) Interregions Nord Pas De Calais-Picardie  
97Ashlynn Van Baarle (Ned) Swaboladies.Nl  
98Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Lointek Team  
99Giorgia Fraiegari (Ita) Bepink Laclassica  
100Claire Thomas (GBr) Isorex Cycling Team  
101Ilse Temmerman (Bel) Napoleon Games - St Martinus Ct - Kerksken  
102Jacqueline Hahn (Aut) Feminine Cycling Team  
103Desiree Ehrler (Swi) Feminine Cycling Team  
104Ana Maria Covrig (Rom) Bepink Laclassica  
105Stéphanie Borchers (Ger) Feminine Cycling Team  
106Els Belmans (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  

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