Siggaard wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite Women

Ryan second and Confalonieri third

In a huge surprise, Danish rider Christina Siggaard (Team Virtu Cycling) won Saturday's re-vamped Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, sprinting clear of a group of 30 women. The 23-year-old finished ahead of Alexis Ryan (Canyon-SRAM) and Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Valcar-PBM).

"It's a dream come true," Siggaard said. "Sometimes everything just comes together; riders, team and sponsors, that's what makes this great."

Despite their presence in that front group, Siggaard beat favourites the calibre of Chloe Hosking (Alé-Cipollini), Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) and Jolien D'hoore (Mitchelton-Scott) to take undoubtedly the best result of her career.

Siggaard herself could barely believe her success, and was comforted by other riders after bursting into tears and sobbing just over the finish line in Meerbeke.

She had survived a tough final half of the race, remaining with many of the sport's top names through the new final which included the climbs of Kapelmuur and the Bosberg in the final 20km.

How It Unfolded

The 122.1km race began in Ghent, with both start and finish the same as the men's event, which ran concurrently.

The opening kilometres were raced in combative fashion, with plenty of attacks neutralised by the bunch. Only a group of eight, who gained 15 seconds after just 21km got away, though were soon neutralised by a hungry peloton fresh from their winter break.

Even when British rider Keira McVitty, riding for the Isorex Cycling Team, escaped alone ten kilometres from the Katteberg - after 59km, the first of eight climbs - the peloton were in no mood to let her.

Despite continued aggression and a short lived break of three riders, the race entered the final 35km with a group of 70 at the front, and it was only here, after the Berendries that a notable nine woman group escaped.

Consisting of Floortje Mackaij (Sunweb), Dani Rowe (Waowdeals), Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM), Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5), Amanda Spratt (Mitchleton Scott), Chloe Hosking (Alé Cippolini), Polona Batagelj and the Boels-Dolmans duo of Christine Majerus and Karol-Ann Canuel, the break built 50 seconds advantage in just ten kilometres, and it seemed this was the race winning combination, especially as all the major teams were represented.

However, with Geraardsbergen and its feared Kapelmuur looming, the gap inexplicably tumbled, the group caught before the climb, with just over 15km to ride.

The Muur caused chaos, splitting the recently re-formed peloton, leaving the final group of 25 for the four-kilometre lead in to the final climb, the Bosberg.

While Lucinda Brand's 2017 win set the tone for the spring, it is unlikely Siggaard's Virtu team will dominate this year like Brand's Sunweb outfit did. It is, however, a major success for the Danish outfit who have strengthened over the winter in what is only their second year.

With former world champion Amalie Dideriksen and Women's WorldTour best young rider already at the top of the sport, Siggaard's win is further evidence of the strength of Danish women's cycling.


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu Cycling3:35:20 
2Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
3Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar PBM  
4Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini  
5Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women  
6Nina Kessler (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
7Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
8Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
9Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar PBM  
10Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High6  
11Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
12Valerie Demey (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
13Janneke Ensing (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
14Jip van den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
15Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
16Julie Leth (Den) Wiggle High8  
17Lauren Stephens (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
18Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
19Thalita De Jong (Ned) Experza-Footlogix  
20Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
21Urska Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
22Martina Ritter (Aut) Wiggle High10  
23Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
24Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
25Danielle Rowe (GBr) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
26Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:00:05 
27Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) DJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
28Riejanne Markus (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
29Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
30Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
31Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
32Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
33Anouska Koster (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:00:09 
34Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
35Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
36Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
37Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
38Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women0:00:28 
39Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
40Marjolein van 'T Geloof (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:01:32 
41Mieke Kröger (Ger) Team Virtu Cycling  
42Roxane Fournier (Fra) DJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
43Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
44Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Experza-Footlogix0:01:32 
45Jelena Eric (Srb) Cylance Pro Cycling  
46Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
47Lucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High9  
48Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM  
49Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipollini  
50Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
51Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:01:38 
52Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:04:59 
53Anna Plichta (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:05:07 
54Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
55Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:07:26 
56Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:09:41 
57Maaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City Ljubljana0:09:45 
58Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb Women0:05:07 
59Anne De Ruiter (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
60Lone Meertens (Bel) Keuken Redants Cycling Team0:09:45 
61Marieke van Witzenburg (Ned) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team  
62Kirsten Peetoom (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force  
63Kaat Hannes (Bel) Jos Feron Lady Force  
64Isabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
65Fien Delbaere (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
66Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
67Laura Vainionpää (Fin) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team  
68Sara Penton (Swe) Team Virtu Cycling  
69Emilie Moberg (Nor) Team Virtu Cycling  
70Monique van de Ree (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
71Stine Borgli (Nor) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
72Sara Mustonen Lichan (Swe) Experza-Footlogix  
73Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
74Marion Sicot (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
75Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
76Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
77Louise Norman Hansen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
78Greta Richioud (Fra) DJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
79Line Marie Gulliksen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
80Demi de Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
81Susanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
82Allegra Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar PBM  
83Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
84Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar PBM0:09:49 
85Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar PBM  
86Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
87Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women0:09:52 
88Skylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
DNFLaura Van Geyt (Bel) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen  
DNFLisa Vermeire (Bel) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen  
DNFShana Van Glabeke (Bel) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen  
DNFMaxime Roes (Bel) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen  
DNFKarolina Perekitko (Pol) Wielerclub de Sprinters Malderen  
DNFLensy Debboudt (Bel) Keuken Redants Cycling Team  
DNFTrine Holmsgaard (Den) Experza-Footlogix  
DNFQuinty Van De Guchte (Ned) Isorex Cycling Team  
DNFAlexandra Nessmar (Swe) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFFrida Knutsson (Swe) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFClaudia Koster (Ned) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFOlena Pavlukhina (Aze) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFArianne Pruijsser (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFVibeke Dybwad (Nor) Keuken Redants Cycling Team  
DNFAgnieszka Skalniak (Pol) Experza-Footlogix  
DNFSusanna Zorzi (Ita) Experza-Footlogix  
DNFMalin Eriksen (Nor) Keuken Redants Cycling Team  
DNFEvy Roelen (Bel) Keuken Redants Cycling Team  
DNFCaren Commissaris (Bel) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFChloë Turblin (Fra) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team  
DNFAlicia Helderweirt (Bel) Isorex Cycling Team  
DNFHolly Breck (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFMarcella Toldi (Bra) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFSarah Borremans (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
DNFMaelle Grossetete (Fra) DJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFMartine Fon (Nor) quano-Wase Zon Cycling Team  
DNFJanine van der Meer (Ned) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team  
DNFSheyla Gutierrez (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFDelphine Brits (Bel) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team  
DNFKeira Mc Vitty (GBr) Isorex Cycling Team  
DNFLara Defour (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
DNFKarlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
DNFKim Kohlmeyer (Ger) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
DNFGrace Garner (GBr) Wiggle High7  
DNFTara Gins (Bel) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team  
DNFChayenne Vranken (Bel) Isorex Cycling Team  
DNFSarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
DNFSaartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
DNFKim De Baat (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
DNFMieke Leeman (Bel) Isorex Cycling Team  
DNFJulie Solvang (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNFKim Van Den Steen (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
DNFAnisha Vekemans (Bel) Ale Cipollini  
DNFTherese Belfors (Swe) quano-Wase Zon Cycling Team  
DNFSoetkin Vertenten (Bel) quano-Wase Zon Cycling Team  
DNFNaïka Deneef (Bel) quano-Wase Zon Cycling Team  
DNFGaia Tortolina (Ita) quano-Wase Zon Cycling Team  
DNFIlse Temmerman (Bel) quano-Wase Zon Cycling Team  
DNFKerry Jonker (Aus) Isorex Cycling Team  
DNSPuck Moonen (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNSLauren Kitchen (Aus) DJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNSChantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies  


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