Bronzini wins Drentse 8

Italian out-sprints Scandolara, Van Vleuten

Wiggle-Honda's Giorgia Bronzini scored her first victory of the 2015 season out of a breakaway group in the Molecaten Drentse 8 van Westerveld. The Italian made easy work of Orica-AIS's Valentina Scandolara and Annamiek van Vleuten (Bigla) from the eight-rider group.

The sprint was marred by the crash of Lauren Rowney (Velocio-SRAM), who was trying to come pass Bronzini along the barriers when a specator shot his arm out and caught her bars. The Australian crashed hard breaking her collarbone, and was helped off the course just before the main peloton's arrival 1:45 later.

“I told the girls that I wasn’t feeling so good today, because of my wrist and I have a cold, so I would work for them,” Bronzini said. “We came into the small lap and I was up the front, and there was an attack - the first really serious one - and I jumped [across], and the break had gone!

“I could do nothing, I was in the break!” Bronzini laughed. “I tried to be a little bit smart because my shape is not the best, and I can’t work really hard. I thought that the break would be chased down by the other teams, but it wasn’t. I tried to take my turn, but I didn’t have any power.

“In the end they tried to attack me, but I could follow the moves,” she added. “I was on van Vleuten’s wheel on the last corner, and I gave her a little bit of a gap. I came out with 200 metres to go, and it was okay at the end."

The race consisted of two long laps to 101.7km, and five local laps on a 7.4km circuit, but a lack of the usual strong winds kept the field intact for much of the day. The eight-woman breakaway escaped on the first local lap, with Bronzini, Scandolara and Van Vleuten joined by Loren Rowney (Velocio-SRAM), Willeke Knol (Liv-Plantur), Emilie Moberg (Hitec Products), Alice Arzuffi (Inpa-Sottoli) and Heather Fischer (USA).

The gap to the breakaway rose and fell, climbing to nearly two minutes in the final lap. Arzuffi was distanced in the last part of the final lap, and Van Vleuten tried her luck with an early move, but Bronzini was still the fastest and took the win with apparent ease. She was concerned that she might have caused Rowney's crash in the sprint, but was relieved to later find it was a spectator's fault.

“In the first moments I thought that it maybe was my fault, but my sprint was okay and she had time,” Bronzini explained. “We just saw the video and someone - a spectator - took her handlebar, and that is really crazy; a really crazy thing!”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda3:39:31 
2Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS  
3Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
4Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
5Heather Fischer (USA) National Team U.S.A.0:00:04 
6Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:05 
7Loren Rowney (Aus) Velocio - SRAM  
8Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:23 
9Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:01:45 
10Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
11Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
12Simona Frapporti (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
13Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
14Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
15Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
16Alexis Ryan (USA) National Team U.S.A.  
17Jolien d'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda  
18Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
19Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
20Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
21Kaat van Der Meulen (Bel) - Zannata  
22Veerle Goossens (Ned) De Jonge Renner  
23Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
24Evy Kuijpers (Ned) - Zannata  
25Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg CT  
26Anna Trevisi (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
27Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg CT  
28Kelly Markus (Ned) Team Rytger  
29Veronica Cornolti (Ita) Servetto Footon  
30Jelena Eric (Srb) BTC City Ljubljana  
31Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS  
32Coryn Rivera (USA) National Team U.S.A.  
33Milda Jankauskaite (Ltu) Astana - Acca Due O  
34Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
35Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg CT  
36Larisa Pankova (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O  
37Monique van de Ree (Ned) De Jonge Renner  
38Kim de Baat (Ned) - Zannata  
39Henriette Woering (Ned) Team Rytger  
40Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini  
41Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
42Rozanne Slik (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg CT0:01:52 
43Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
44Demi de Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
45Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products0:01:54 
46Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
47Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
48Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products  
49Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products  
50Michela Pavin (Ita) Servetto Footon  
51Aizhan Zhaparova (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O  
52Geerike Schreurs (Ned) Meteoor Assen Roden  
53Nina Kessler (Ned) - Zannata  
54Joelle Numainville (Can) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
55Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio - SRAM  
56Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
57Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS  
58Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
59Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur  
60Nike Beckeringh (Ned) Jan van Arckel  
61Kelly van den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
62Elena Franchi (Ita) Servetto Footon  
63Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Velocio - SRAM  
64Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
65Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
66Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM  
67Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda  
68Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM  
69Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
70Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Team Liv-Plantur  
71Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
72Tayler Wiles (USA) Velocio - SRAM  
73Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
74Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS  
75Rossella Ratto (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:02:34 
76Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products  
77Saskia Oomen (Ned) Jan van Arckel0:03:47 
78Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica - AIS  
79Janine van Der Meer (Ned) LST Euregio Ladies Cycling  
80Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
81Mirthe Wagenaar (Ned) W.V. Breda  
82Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
83Amy Charity (USA) National Team U.S.A.  
84Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
85Liisi Rist (Est) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
86Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto Footon  
87Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Servetto Footon  
88Kaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
89Miriam Bjørnsrud (Nor) Hitec Products  
90Céline van Severen (Bel) - Zannata0:03:54 
91Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
92Marissa Otten (Ned) - Zannata0:03:59 
93Wendy Oosterwoud (Ned) NWVG-Autoschade Bathoorn  
DNFEmilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda  
DNFPauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg CT  
DNFMelissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS  
DNFEmilie Aubry (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFBeatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
DNFAnna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
DNFOlena Demydova (Ukr) Astana - Acca Due O  
DNFKseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O  
DNFAnja Rugelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFOlena Pavlukhina (Aze) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFSari Saarelainen (Fin) Servetto Footon  
DNFFien Delbaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
DNFSteffy van den Haute (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
DNFGilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
DNFLara Vieceli (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFNina Gulino (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFMichela Balducci (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFAlessandra Lari (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFFederica Nicolai (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFEyerusalem Kelil (Eth) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFLaura Jorgensen (USA) National Team U.S.A.  
DNFKendall Ryan (USA) National Team U.S.A.  
DNFSéverine Eraud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
DNFSophie van Bakel (Ned) LST Euregio Ladies Cycling  
DNFLauren Arnouts (Ned) LST Euregio Ladies Cycling  
DNFSarah-Jeanne Fraser (Aus) LST Euregio Ladies Cycling  
DNFAniek Rooderkerken (Ned) LST Euregio Ladies Cycling  
DNFIlse Miltenburg (Ned) LST Euregio Ladies Cycling  
DNFJudith Bloem (Ned) Jan van Arckel  
DNFKaren Elzing (Ned) Jan van Arckel  
DNFNadia Stappenbelt (Ned) Jan van Arckel  
DNFJarna de Jong (Ned) Meteoor Assen Roden  
DNFDanique Braam (Ned) Meteoor Assen Roden  
DNFImke Vormeer (Ned) Meteoor Assen Roden  
DNFSanne Bouwmeester (Ned) Meteoor Assen Roden  
DNFMichelle Stummel (Ned) Meteoor Assen Roden  
DNFAngelique Wammes (Ned) W.V. Breda  
DNFHilde Oudman (Ned) W.V. Breda  
DNFAnne Peer (Ned) W.V. Breda  
DNFSara Penton (Swe) De Jonge Renner  
DNFAnouk Rockx (Ned) De Jonge Renner  
DNFYmke Stegink (Ned) De Jonge Renner  
DNFMelanie Woering (Ned) Team Rytger  
DNFAmy Hill (GBr) Team Rytger  
DNFMelissa van Neck (Ned) Ulysses-Hoorn-West Frisia  
DNFPernilla van Rozelaar (Ned) Ulysses-Hoorn-West Frisia  
DNFAlice Andersson (Swe) Ulysses-Hoorn-West Frisia  
DNFEllinor Frendin (Swe) Ulysses-Hoorn-West Frisia  
DNFRenee Welling (Ned) Ulysses-Hoorn-West Frisia  
DNFAshlynn van Baarle (Ned) Swift-Avanti-Bollenstreek  
DNFNicky Zijlaard (Ned) Swift-Avanti-Bollenstreek  
DNFSofie van Horik (Ned) Swift-Avanti-Bollenstreek  
DNFIngrid Tempert (Ned) Swift-Avanti-Bollenstreek  
DNFHanna Helamb (Swe) Swift-Avanti-Bollenstreek  
DNFEsther van Veen (Ned) Swift-Avanti-Bollenstreek  
DNFAnne Marijn van Der Graaf (Ned) NWVG-Autoschade Bathoorn  
DNFIris Hamelink (Ned) NWVG-Autoschade Bathoorn  
DNFFianna Stenveld (Ned) NWVG-Autoschade Bathoorn  
DNFSuzanne de Lange (Ned) NWVG-Autoschade Bathoorn  
DNFTamina Oliver (GBr) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFSenna Feron (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFAnne van de Swaluw (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFNatasja Nieuwenhuizen (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFLindy van Anrooij (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFHelena van Leijen (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force  
Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team6 pts
2Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team4 
3Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda2 
Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Monique van de Ree (Ned) De Jonge Renner6 pts
2Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur4 
3Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM2 
Sprint 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tayler Wiles (USA) Velocio - SRAM6 pts
2Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM4 
3Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2 
Sprint 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team6 pts
2Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda4 
3Heather Fisher (USA) National Team U.S.A.2 
Sprint 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi6 pts
2Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur4 
3Loren Rowney (Aus) Velocio - SRAM2 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur8 pts
2Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi6 
3Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team6 
4Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team6 
5Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda6 
6Tayler Wiles (USA) Velocio - SRAM6 
7Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM6 
8Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team6 
9Monique van de Ree (Ned) De Jonge Renner6 
10Loren Rowney (Aus) Velocio - SRAM2 
11Heather Fisher (USA) National Team U.S.A.2 


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