Van der Breggen wins women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Rabobank-Liv riders bests Boels-Dolmans' Ellen Van Dijk

Anna Van der Breggen (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) scored the win in the women’s edition of the Omloop het Nieuwsblad on Saturday after a two-up sprint with Eleonora Van Dijk (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team).

The two riders has jumped clear of the peloton inside of the last 30 kilometres and with their teams dominating the peloton’s chase they were able to establish an unassailable lead.

Van der Breggen claimed the win in a close sprint Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) leading home the peloton 14 seconds later. Boels Dolmans Cycling Team rounded out the top four with Chantal Blaak finishing ahead of Tiffany Cromwell (Velocio-SRAM).

Omloop het Nieuwsblad opens the women’s European road season, with a 122km parcours, eight climbs and six sections of cobbles. We’ve seen racing in the Australian summer season, and attacks in the Ladies Tour of Qatar, but this was the first real chance to see how the 2015 teams will work together, and what to expect from the World Cup Classics.

While riders were dropped on the first two climbs, and the Côte de Trieu whittled the front group down to 50, it was the halfway point, on the Paterberg that the race really kicked in. A group of 14 escaped, including the previous two winners, Amy Pieters (Liv-Plantur) and Tiffany Cromwell (Velocio-SRAM), and two-time champion Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS), and five from super-team Boels-Dolmans.

More riders chased on, until there were 32 leaders, in a continually changing group. No one could get away, until after the Molenberg, with 30 flat kilometres and three major stretches of cobbles to go, Ellen van Dijk (Boels-Dolmans) and Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) attacked.

Both are experts at the Dutch-style racing of cobbles, wind and clever tactics, with van der Breggen the stronger climber, and Van Dijk known for using her World-Championship-winning time trial strength both for her team and herself, as when she won the Ronde van Vlaanderen World cup solo last year. Van Dijk was coming off a stage win and third place on GC behind team-mate Lizzie Armitstead in Qatar, while this was the first race for van der Breggen since she broke her pelvis in a crash in the 2014 Team Time Trial World Championships.

While van der Breggen tried to drop Van Dijk on the Padestraat cobbles, they settled in to race together, and although their gap was only 45 seconds at the Lippenhovestraat, they were in the perfect position, with four Boels and three Rabobank riders left in the chasing group of 18 which had survived the cobbles behind them. With the gap at one minute in the final 2km, it came down to a sprint between the two Dutch women, and van der Breggen winning her first big Classic title.

With Lizzie Armitstead winning the sprint for third and teammate Chantal Blaak in fourth, Boels were undoubtedly the top team, while Rabo-Liv’s goal of every rider on the team getting a win is off to a fine start – and the rivalry between these two teams is on for another year.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team3:32:16 
2Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
3Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:14 
4Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
5Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio - SRAM  
6Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
7Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
8Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
9Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM  
10Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
11Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
12Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
13Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
14Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS  
15Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
16Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
17Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda0:00:27 
18Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
19Loren Rowney (Aus) Velocio - SRAM0:02:33 
20Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
21Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
22Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
23Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
24Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
25Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
26Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS  
27Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
28Coryn Rivera (USA) USA National Team0:04:02 
29Rozanne Slik (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:04:06 
30Molly Weaver (GBr) Matrix Fitness0:04:18 
31Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Velocio - SRAM  
32Iris Slappendel (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
33Jolien D`Hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda  
34Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS0:04:54 
35Kim De Baat (Ned) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata  
36Anouk Rijff (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
37Nathalie Verschelden (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
38Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS  
39Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
40Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM  
41Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata  
42Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
43Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica - AIS  
44Marijn De Vries (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
45Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM  
46Lisa Klein (Ger) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
47Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
48Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
49Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM  
50Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS  
51Shelley Olds (USA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
52Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda  
53Joelle Numainville (Can) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
54Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda0:05:39 
55Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
56Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:05:41 
57Valerie Demey (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
58Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
59Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
60Tayler Wiles (USA) Velocio - SRAM  
61Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
62Alexis Ryan (USA) USA National Team  
63Mariel Borgerink (Ned) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata  
64Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
65Kaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
66Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
67Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
68Claire Thomas (GBr) Isorex Cycling Team0:08:40 
69Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.860:08:41 
70Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
71Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
72Amy Charity (USA) USA National Team0:10:36 
73Kaat Van Der Meulen (Bel) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata  
74Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
75Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
76Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata  
77Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products0:12:28 
78Kelly Markus (Ned) Team Rytger0:12:41 
79Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
80Isabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
81Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
82Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Team Rytger  
83Nina Kessler (Ned) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata  
84Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
85Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
86Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
87Eileen Roe (GBr) Wiggle Honda  
88Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
89Simona Bortolotti (Ita) Bepink Laclassica  
90Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda  
91Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
92Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
93Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
94Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Team Liv-Plantur  
95Riejanne Markus (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
96Simona Frapporti (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:12:46 
97Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products  
98Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:14:04 
99Christina Siggaard (Den) Matrix Fitness  
100Demmy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
101Shana Van Glabeke (Bel) Hitec Products  
102Annelies Dom (Bel) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata  
103Daniela Gass (Ger) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
104Femke Verstichelen (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
105Dani Christmas (GBr) Isorex Cycling Team  
106Els Belmans (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
107Cristina Martinez (Spa) Lointek Team  
108Jelena Eric (Srb) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
109Lenny Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
110Doris Schweizer (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:14:06 
111Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
112Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
113Kendall Ryan (USA) USA National Team0:15:06 
DNFSara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur  
DNFAnna Christian (GBr) Wiggle Honda  
DNFTone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products  
DNFCecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
DNFFleur Faure (Fra) Ale Cipollini  
DNFMalgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini  
DNFAlice Algisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
DNFBeatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
DNFRossella Ratto (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
DNFClaudia Cretti (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
DNFGreta Richioud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
DNFSteffy Van Den Haute (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
DNFEvy Kuijpers (Ned) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata  
DNFGiorgia Fraiegari (Ita) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFAna Maria Covrig (Rom) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFKseniya Tuhai (Blr) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFTereza Medvedova (Svk) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFSheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Lointek Team  
DNFAlba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Lointek Team  
DNFAurore Verhoeven (Fra) Lointek Team  
DNFEvelyn Garcia (ESa) Lointek Team  
DNFEllinor Huusko (Swe) Team Rytger  
DNFOlivia Overskov Jakobsen (Den) Team Rytger  
DNFNina Krebs Ovesen (Den) Team Rytger  
DNFLucy Martin (GBr) Matrix Fitness  
DNFHarriet Owen (GBr) Matrix Fitness  
DNFSara Olsson (Swe) Matrix Fitness  
DNFPenny Rowson (GBr) Matrix Fitness  
DNFMelissa Lowther (GBr) Matrix Fitness  
DNFLaura Jorgensen (USA) USA National Team  
DNFHeather Fischer (USA) USA National Team  
DNFSarah Borremans (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
DNFCynthia Huygens (Fra) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
DNFCarolien Haers (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
DNFFiona Dutriaux (Fra) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
DNFSara Fletcher (USA) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
DNFKarolien Liesens (Bel) Isorex Cycling Team  
DNFRianne Ver Eecke (Bel) Isorex Cycling Team  
DNFCeline Vanelverdinghe (Bel)  
DNFJasmien De Boeck (Bel)  
DNFAdeline De Vestele (Bel)  
DNFMieke Docx (Bel)  
DNFIne Allaert (Bel)  
DNFEvelien Debboudt (Bel)  
DNFIna De Pauw (Bel)  
DNFJana Teirlinck (Bel)  
DNFVeronika Kormos (Hun)  
DNFDana Rozlapa (Lat)  
DNFTerry Fremineur (Bel)  
DNFMieke Leeman (Bel)  
DNFLiliane Leenknegt (Bel)  
DNFIlse Temmerman (Bel)  
DNFEva Van Den Born (Ned)  
DNFJoyce Accoe (Bel)  
DNFEltina Van Wijk (Ned)  
DNFNele Van Maldegehem (Bel)  
DNFCeline Verreydt (Bel)  
DNFEveline Dergent (Bel)  
DNFJoyce Willems (Bel)  
DNFLaura Van Geyt (Bel)  
DNFStephanie De Croock (Bel)  
DNFLaurence Thill (Lux)  


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