Blaak wins Le Samyn des Dames

Wiggle High5 teammates Johansson second and Pieters third

Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) won her first race of the 2016 season, successfully defending her title at Le Samyn des Dames on Wednesday. The Dutch rider, who recently placed second behind solo teammate Lizzie Armitstead at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, took the reins at Le Samyn and won the race in a two-up sprint ahead of Wiggle High5's Emma Johansson, while Amy Pieters crossed the line for third.

Le Samyn des Dames gave the women its traditional mid-week classic, a 112km race from Quaregnon to Dour in Belgium. The women's peloton kicked off Belgium's opening week last weekend with the double header Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, won by Armitstead, and Omloop van het Hageland, won by Marta Bastianelli (Ale Cipollini).

A large 16-rider group split off the front of the main field that included Blaak, Johansson and Pieters along with Boels Dolmans riders Karol-Ann Canuel, Nikki Harris, Demi De Jong and Christine Majerus, and Lauren Kitchen (Hitec Products), Shelley Olds and Valentina Scandolara (Cylance) and Floortje Mackaij (Liv Plantur), among others.

Boels Dolmans had the numbers in the lead group and pushed the pace, building a time gap of roughly three minutes ahead of the field. Johansson made a savvy attack on the last lap with Mackaij and Harris, and the three were later joined by Blaak and Pieters, and two other riders.

Blaak and Johansson were the next to make their move and the pair gained 30 seconds on the chase group behind. Blaak attacked several times to try and lose Johansson, and even though those moves were not successful, she saved enough for the two-up sprint to win the race.

  

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam3:03:36 
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5  
3Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High50:00:14 
4Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
5Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
6Nikki Harris (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
7Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:18 
8Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx0:00:41 
9Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products0:00:48 
10Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
11Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
12Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
13Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
15Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
16Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
17Annelies Dom (Bel) Lensworld-Zannata  
18Camilla Møllebro (Den) Team BMS Birn0:01:35 
19Valerie Demey (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx  
20Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx0:01:37 
21Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
22Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Jan Van Arckel0:01:51 
23Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:04:44 
24Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:04:50 
25Jessy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx0:04:56 
26Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
27Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Team BMS Birn  
28Evie Richards (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:05:00 
29Alice Barnes (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
30Daniela Gass (Ger) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
31Christina Siggaard (Den) Team BMS Birn  
32Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:05:03 
33Brianna Walle (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
34Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx  
35Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:05:05 
36Eva Buurman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
37Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
38Silvija Latozaite (Ltu) Aromitalia Vaiano0:05:13 
39Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products0:05:18 
40Marie Vilmann (Den) Team BMS Birn  
41Laura Gorter (Ned) Regio Team Noord Holland  
42Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5  
43Nina Buysman (Ned) Regio Team Noord Holland  
44Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
45Séverine Eraud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
46Esther Van Veen (Ned) Swaboladies.Nl  
47Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
48Diana Peñuela (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
49Kseniya Tuhai (Blr) Bepink  
50Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
51Simona Bortolotti (Ita) Bepink  
52Claudia Koster (Ned) Jan Van Arckel  
53Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
54Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
55Kaat Van Der Meulen (Bel) Lensworld-Zannata  
56Tine Rasch Hansen (Den) Team BMS Birn  
57Lotte Van Hoek (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
58Lucy Shaw (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
59Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
60Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:05:23 
61Lucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5  
62Nathalie Verschelden (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team0:05:30 
63Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
64Sophie Coleman (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
65Jennifer George (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
66Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink  
67Celine Van Severen (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
68Annie Ewart (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:05:35 
69Kelly Markus (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
70Kirsten Peetoom (Ned) Maaslandster Nicheliving Ccn Ct0:06:05 
71Lensy Debboudt (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
72Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx  
73Erin Kinnealy (Aus) Maaslandster Nicheliving Ccn Ct0:06:26 
74Laura Vainionpaa (Fin) Isorex Cycling Team0:06:31 
75Isabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:06:48 
76Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
77Fenna Vanhoutte (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:06:50 
78ngrid Tempert (Ned) Swaboladies.Nl  
79Danique Braam (Ned) Jan Van Arckel  
80Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
81Melanie Woering (Ned) Jan Van Arckel  
82Miriam Bjørnsrud (Nor) Hitec Products  
83Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
84Manon Lloyd (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:06:57 
85Emily Kay (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
86Tessa Neefjes (Ned) Regio Team Noord Holland0:07:07 
87Tereza Medvedova (Svk) Bepink0:07:17 
88Coralie Demay (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.860:07:25 
89Pernilla Van Rozelaar (Ned) Regio Team Noord Holland0:07:33 
90Amalie Winter Olsen (Den) Maaslandster Nicheliving Ccn Ct0:11:34 
91Sophie Lacher (Ger) Team Koga Ladies Protective Fachklinik Dr H  
92Abigail Dentus (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
93Eva Maria Palm (Bel) Team Koga Ladies Protective Fachklinik Dr H0:11:46 
DNFLauren Hall (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFEmily Collins (NZl) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFTone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products  
DNFJanicke Gunvaldsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
DNFIris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFHayley Simmonds (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFNina Kessler (Ned) Lensworld-Zannata  
DNFWinanda Spoor (Ned) Lensworld-Zannata  
DNFShelley Olds (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFIlaria Bonomi (Ita) Bepink  
DNFLenore Pipes (Gum) Bepink  
DNFChanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFEsra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFChristina Koep (Ger) Team Koga Ladies Protective Fachklinik Dr H  
DNFLarissa Luttuschka (Ger) Team Koga Ladies Protective Fachklinik Dr H  
DNFLouise Norman Hansen (Den) Team BMS Birn  
DNFTamiko Butler (Ant) Drops Cycling Team  

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