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Johannson repeats at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

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Brecht Decaluwé

Swedish champion wins from five-rider break

Emma Johansson (Hitec Products-Uck) netted her second consecutive win in the women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad as the Swedish champion outkicked her four breakaway companions in Ghent.

"The team worked well for me. I was confident that I could win the sprint and I'm very happy with this win," Johansson said.

Johansson initiated the decisive move, attacking solo with 62km to the finish.

"On the Côte de Trieux I accelerated to make the race hard," Johansson told Cyclingnews. For a while she led the race on her own. "It was much too far to go the distance. I attacked because I didn't want to arrive in Ghent with a big group."

First Elisa Longo Borghini (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo) and Lucinda Brand (AA Drink-Leontien.nl) bridged up to Johansson, followed by Belgian rider Grace Verbeke (Topsport Vlaanderen 2012-Ridley). Eventually a group of three with Chantal Blaak (AA Drink-Leontien.nl), Loes Gunnewijk (Nederland Bloeit) and Andrea Bosman (SRAM-WV Eemland) bridged up as well, creating a lead group of seven.

Verbeke crashed out of the front group on the cobbles of Mater when her handlebars broke. In the race finale Brand and Bosman were dropped, with Bosman managing to return. Longo Borghini couldn't keep up with the pace, too, and ended up chasing the four remaining leaders at about 50 seconds in the final 10 kilometres.

In front the leaders were looking at each other and the pace slowed dramatically resulting in Longo Borghini re-joining the leaders in the final three kilometres.

A late acceleration from Johannsson on the last cobbles near Ghent created no gaps. Bosman started the sprint from far out and Johansson was the only rider who managed to overtake the Dutch rider, once again grabbing the flowers in Ghent.

"I started the sprint from way too far. Everybody in the group knew that Emma was the strongest but there wasn't much we could do," Bosman told Cyclingnews.

Third-placed Blaak said she was surprised by the early start from Bosman. Gunnewijk was fourth ahead of Longo Borghini who rolled across the line four seconds later.

With a late solo attempt Verbeke tried to solo towards a sixth place finish but eventually she finished at the back of the first chasing group 1:40 behind winner Johansson.

Full Results
1 Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - UCK 3:38:05  
2 Andrea Bosman (Ned) SRAM - WV Eemland    
3 Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team    
4 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit    
5 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line 0:00:04  
6 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit 0:01:39  
7 Janneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit    
8 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Honda Team    
9 Grace Verbeke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team    
10 Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team    
11 Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 0:02:13  
12 Emma Silversides (GBr) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 0:04:56  
13 Gloria Presti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line 0:05:10  
14 Sophie Creux (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 0:05:16  
15 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Honda Team    
16 Trine Schmidt (Den) Mix Garmin Cervelo - WV Schijndel    
17 Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team    
18 Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Honda Team    
19 Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team    
20 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
21 Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit    
22 Evelyn Arys (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
23 Lucy Martin (GBr) Mix Garmin Cervelo - WV Schijndel    
24 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team    
25 Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
26 Catherine Delfosse (Bel) Lotto Honda Team    
27 Ann Sophie Duyck (Bel) Wielerclub Steeds Vooraan V.Z.W.    
28 Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Honda Team    
29 Laure Werner (Bel) Lotto Honda Team    
30 Martina Thomasson (Swe) Rapha Racing    
31 Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team    
32 Inge Klep (Ned) Dura Vermeer Cycling Team    
33 Marijn De Vries (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team    
34 Emilie Aubry (Swi) Nederland Bloeit    
35 Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team    
36 Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line    
37 Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team    
38 Kimberly Buyl (Bel) Wielerclub Steeds Vooraan V.Z.W.    
39 Noortje Tabak (Ned) Nederland Bloeit    
40 Valentina Carretta (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line    
41 Sjoukje Dufoer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team    
42 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Mix Garmin Cervelo - WV Schijndel    
43 Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team    
44 Jessie Daams (Bel) Mix Garmin Cervelo - WV Schijndel    
45 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products - UCK    
46 Natalie Creswick (GBr) Rapha Racing 0:06:03  
47 Annelies Dom (Bel) Wielerclub Steeds Vooraan V.Z.W. 0:08:32  
48 Juliette Wigbold (Ned) SRAM - WV Eemland    
49 Cecilie S. Johansen (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK    
50 Claudia Koster (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
51 Monique Van De Ree (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team    
52 Sofie Verdonck (Bel) Dura Vermeer Cycling Team    
53 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
54 Emma Trott (GBr) Nederland Bloeit    
55 Anne Arnouts (Bel) Dura Vermeer Cycling Team    
56 Esra Tromp (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
57 Eline De Roover (Bel) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 0:10:46  
58 Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK    
59 Alie Gercama (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team    
60 Marieke Den Otter (Ned) Jan Van Arckel    
61 Linda Ringlever (Ned) Moving Ladies    
62 Anne Eversdijk (Ned) Rabo Lady Force    
63 Jasmien Geerinckx (Bel) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen    
64 Gabriela Slamova (Cze) Vienne Futuroscope    
65 Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Nederland Bloeit    
66 Jet Wildeman (Ned) Jan Van Arckel    
67 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha Racing    
68 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
69 Anne De Wildt (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 0:12:38  
70 Sandra Van Veghel (Ned) SRAM - WV Eemland    
71 Willeke Knol (Ned) Jan Van Arckel    
72 Marie Voreland (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK    
73 Giulia Ronchi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line    
74 Sarah Reynolds (GBr) Moving Ladies    
75 Emmanuelle Merlot (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
76 Inge Roggeman (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 0:17:50  
77 Simona Frapporti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line    
78 Tone Hatteland (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK    
79 Geerike Schreurs (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team    
80 Baukje Doedee (Ned) Rabo Lady Force    
81 Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
82 Jennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line    
83 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line    
84 Melanie Woering (Ned) SRAM - WV Eemland    
85 Sanne Bamelis (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
86 Elke Bolangier (Bel) Wielerclub Steeds Vooraan V.Z.W. 0:18:38  
87 Valerie Robert (Bel) Wielerclub Steeds Vooraan V.Z.W.    
88 Liliano Leenknegi (Bel) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen    
89 Dunja Ceulemans (Bel) Dura Vermeer Cycling Team    
90 Liesbeth Verbeeck (Bel) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen    
91 Sione Jongstra (Ned) Jan Van Arckel    
92 Nina Kessler (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team    
93 Evi Vervoort (Bel) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen    
94 Ingeborg Kreuze (Ned) People's Trust Cycling Team    
95 Olivia Koster (Ned) Jan Van Arckel    
96 Inge Alaerts (Bel) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen    
97 Kirsten Peetoom (Ned) Moving Ladies    
98 Julie Wynants (Bel) Rabo Lady Force    
99 Joukje Braam (Ned) Rabo Lady Force    
100 Marion Rousse (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
101 Birgit Lavrijssen (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team    
102 Joline Goossens (Bel) Lotto Honda Team    
103 Henriette Woering (Ned) SRAM - WV Eemland