Gunnewijk wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Van Dijk and Worrack second and third

GreenEdge scored its first European victory courtesy of Dutch rider Loes Gunnewijk, who out-sprinted her breakaway companion Eleonora Van Dijk (Specialized-Lululemon) on the line in Ghent.

Gunnewijk attacked on the cobbles of the Paddestraat with some 30km left to race, and was later joined by Van Dijk. The pair was able to hold off the chase group by more than a minute before contesting the sprint for victory.

Gunnewijk got the better of Van Dijk to cruise to her first win in the event, while German Trixi Worrack (Specialized-Lululemon) won the sprint for the final podium spot over Martine Bras (Dolmans-Boels).

"It's really special for me to take my first win and for us to win the first European race of the season to continue our winning streak," said Gunnewijk. "We have a really good spirit and work ethic in the team. Everyone wants to work for the leader in any given race. We're happy to race as a team, and this is obvious in our results."

Just before the halfway point of the 119.4km race, a group of 12 riders split on the Côte de Trieu, one of seven climbs on the women's course.

Ten riders powered away with the Greenedge-AIS team being the strongest force in there with three riders, Gunnewijk, Amanda Spratt and Tiffany Cromwell. The other riders in the group were Lise Nöstvold ander Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products-Mistral Home), Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Stichting Rabo Women), Worrack, Elizabeth Armitstead (AA, Noemi Cantele (Be Pink) and Martine Bras (Dolmans-Boels).

Once the gap on the peloton was more than a minute, Van Dijk started a solo attempt to get back to the front. It was the move of the race and somehow she pulled it off. “Too bad I wasn’t rewarded more for it. Early on I sat a bit too far when the group got away. I was a bit surprised when they turned right at the Paterberg. It was a mistake from my side that I didn’t know the course well enough but it’s been five years since I rode here,” Van Dijk said.

At the cobbles of the Lange Munte after 98km Gunnewijk upped the pace again. “The co-operation in the group wasn’t perfect and I noticed that my teammates started struggling to keep the pace high. I attacked and only Eleonora [Van Dijk] managed to join me,” Gunnewijk said. T

he duo headed to Ghent together. “Loes sat on my wheel so I reacted once she started her sprint. I was confident and when she attacked with 300m to go I overtook her but then she overtook me again. It was a bit uphill. I should’ve won,” Van Dijk said.

It was an ideal sprint for Gunnewijk. “I needed a long sprint. I returned on her and realized I was faster. I was able to celebrate in the final meters,” Gunnewijk said.

Worrack easily won the sprint for third place and felt the team did a good job on Saturday. “We were in the best position with somebody in front and behind; Van Dijk is fast too,” Worrack told Cyclingnews.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Greenedge-AIS 3:17:14  
2 Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Team Specialized-Lululemon    
3 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized-Lululemon 0:01:10  
4 Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam    
5 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team    
6 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Be Pink    
7 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products-Mistral Home Cycling Team    
8 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Greenedge-AIS    
9 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Greenedge-AIS    
10 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) AA Cycling Team    
11 Lise Nöstvold (Nor) Hitec Products-Mistral Home Cycling Team 0:01:19  
12 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Team Specialized-Lululemon 0:01:33  
13 Latoya Brulee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012    
14 Christine Majerus (Lux) Team Gsd Gestion    
15 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team    
16 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
17 Sarah Düster (Ger) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team    
18 Romy Kasper (Ger) Rusvelo    
19 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team    
20 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products-Mistral Home Cycling Team    
21 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012    
22 Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam    
23 Madeleine Olsson (Swe) AA Cycling Team    
24 Jessie Daams (Bel) AA Cycling Team    
25 Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
26 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team    
27 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Greenedge-AIS    
28 Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Cycling Team    
29 Fröydis Waerstad (Nor) Hitec Products-Mistral Home Cycling Team    
30 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Vienne Futuroscope    
31 Regina Bruins (Ned) Skil 1T4I 0:04:46  
32 Lucy Martin (GBr) AA Cycling Team 0:07:17  
33 Katie Colclough (GBr) Team Specialized-Lululemon    
34 Kaat Hannes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
35 Jolien d'Hoore (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012    
36 Marlen Jöhrend (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion    
HD Anne Arnouts (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team 0:10:01  
HD Emma Silversides (GBr) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
HD Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012    
HD Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Faren Honda Team    
HD Daniela Gass (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion    
HD Evelyn Arys (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team    
HD Annelies Dom (Bel) Wielerclub Steeds Vooraan V.Z.W.    
HD Laura Van Der Kamp (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam    
HD Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam    
HD Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Be Pink    
HD Kimberly Buyl (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
HD Birgit Lavrijssen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
HD Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team    
HD Petra Dijkman (Ned) Kleo Ladies Team    
HD Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) AA Cycling Team    
HD Geerike Schreurs (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
HD Inge Roggeman (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
HD Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
HD Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) AA Cycling Team    
HD Willeke Knol (Ned) Van Arckel    
HD Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
HD Belinda Goss (Aus) Abus Nutrixxion    
HD Marijn De Vries (Ned) AA Cycling Team    
HD Andrea Graus (Aut) Vienne Futuroscope    
HD Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) Faren Honda Team    
HD Elena Utrobina (Rus) Faren Honda Team    


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