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Cromwell wins women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

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Guarnier and Johansson round out top three

Tiffany Cromwell (Orica-AIS) won a two-up sprint against Megan Guarnier (Rabobank) to capture the first European race of the season. With two former winners as teammates, Cromwell was part of a three-pronged attack for Orica-AIS at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Patience paid off for the young Australian, who initiated the race winning move between the final two sections of cobbles.

"It's a fantastic team effort," said Cromwell. "Any one of us could take the win today. As always, we supported each other, and I was happy to finish off the job."

The opening hour of racing was a fairly quiet affair. The peloton first split up the Côte de Trieu.

"The race unfolded as we had expected," said Cromwell. "Usually not much happens until around the 50-kilometre mark. Until then, we are just meant to keep out of trouble and ensure we had numbers when the [cobbled] sectors start."

The peloton split into three groups following the Côte de Trieu. The groups came back together. The field split again over the Patersberg. The small groups that formed merged to create a 60-strong lead group ahead of the Edelareberg.

With all eight climbs completed and five cobbled sections yet to come, a 16-rider front group solidified. Orica-AIS was the best represented with Loes Gunnewijk, Emma Johansson and Gracie Elvin joining Cromwell in the move.

"We had representation each time the race split, but nothing was really happening despite all the action," noted Cromwell. "There was a strong headwind, and most teams weren't willing to help force the split."

Cromwell took matters into her own hands with the final pavé sector looming. "We had been using our numbers to our advantage and launching attacks that were going nowhere," said Cromwell. "Finally, I went and Megan came with me. We got a gap immediately but she wasn't working with me. I still considered it a good opportunity, so I worked - maybe a bit too much. Eventually Megan started rolling through. It was enough to hold off the chasing bunch."

Cromwell forced Guarnier to the front in the last kilometre. She came around the American to open up the sprint.

"I started sprinting with 300 metres," Cromwell said. "Megan didn't contest the sprint. I don't think she had anything left."

With a lead-out from Elvin, Johansson won the bunch sprint to take third, giving Orica-AIS two riders on the podium in Ghent. Johansson is a two-time former Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner while Cromwell earned her first Classics victory today.

Full Results

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# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica - AIS 3:34:00  
2 Megan Guarnier (USA) Rabo Women Cycling Team 0:00:03  
3 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS 0:00:12  
4 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team    
5 Shelley Olds (USA) Team Tibco - To The Top    
6 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized - Lululemon    
7 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Team Tibco - To The Top    
8 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
9 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team    
10 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS    
11 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team    
12 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK 0:00:16  
13 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS 0:00:22  
14 Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 0:04:39  
15 Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata    
16 Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata    
17 Jade Wilcoxson (USA) USA    
18 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Team Futurumshop.nl    
19 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
20 Latoya Brulee (Bel) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata    
21 Marijn De Vries (Ned) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
22 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
23 Isabelle Soderberg (Swe) Cramo Go:Green    
24 Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Rusvelo    
25 Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda    
26 Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
27 Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
28 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK    
29 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team    
30 Kristin Mc Grath (USA) USA    
31 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon    
32 Claudia Hausler (Ger) Team Tibco - To The Top    
33 Adrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
34 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS    
35 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team    
36 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
37 Martine Bras (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:04:47  
38 Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda 0:06:58  
39 Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies 0:07:06  
40 Eun Gu Sung (Kor) Orica - AIS    
41 Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer 0:07:07  
42 Celine Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
43 Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green    
44 Martina Thomasson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green    
45 Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized - Lululemon    
46 Annelies Dom (Bel) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata    
47 Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano    
48 Francesca Cauz (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
49 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda    
50 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Argos - Shimano    
51 Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda    
52 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team    
53 Marion Rousse (Fra) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
54 Carmen Small (USA) Specialized - Lululemon    
55 Madelene Olsson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green    
56 Evelyn Arys (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
57 Katie Colclough (GBr) Specialized - Lululemon    
58 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team    
59 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope    
60 Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) Team Tibco - To The Top    
61 Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK    
62 Kaat Hannes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies 0:07:13  
63 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Hitec Products UCK    
64 Emma Trott (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:07:14  
DNF Jessie Maclean (Aus) Orica - AIS    
DNF Rebecca Talen (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team    
DNF Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Hitec Products UCK    
DNF Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK    
DNF Miriam Bjornsrud (Nor) Hitec Products UCK    
DNF Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
DNF Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
DNF Nina Kessler (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
DNF Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
DNF Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) Rusvelo    
DNF Elena Bocharnikova (Rus) Rusvelo    
DNF Aijan Zhaparova (Rus) Rusvelo    
DNF Larisa Pankova (Rus) Rusvelo    
DNF Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) Rusvelo    
DNF Kseniya Dobrynina (Rus) Rusvelo    
DNF Marjolein Claessen (Ned) Endura Lady Force    
DNF Henriette Woering (Ned) Endura Lady Force    
DNF Michelle Geoghegan (Irl) Endura Lady Force    
DNF Ines Klok (Ned) Endura Lady Force    
DNF Elke Bolangier (Bel) Endura Lady Force    
DNF Natasja Nieuwenhuizen (Ned) Endura Lady Force    
DNF Femke Verstichelen (Bel) Endura Lady Force    
DNF Carolien Haers (Bel) Endura Lady Force    
DNF Steffi Lodewyks (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
DNF Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
DNF Marlen Johrend (Ger) Team Argos - Shimano    
DNF Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Argos - Shimano    
DNF Esra Tromp (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano    
DNF Kelly Markus (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano    
DNF Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda    
DNF Joanna Rowsell (GBr) Wiggle Honda    
DNF Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle Honda    
DNF Kimberly Buyl (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
DNF Julia Soek (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
DNF Inge Roggeman (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
DNF Samantha Schneider (USA) Team Tibco - To The Top    
DNF Sara Mustonen (Swe) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team    
DNF Ashlynn Van Baarle (Ned) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team    
DNF Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team    
DNF Jutta Nieminen (Fin) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team    
DNF Stella Riverditi (Ita) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team    
DNF Mirthe Wagenaar (Ned) Team Futurumshop.nl    
DNF Alie Gercama (Ned) Team Futurumshop.nl    
DNF Anouska Koster (Ned) Team Futurumshop.nl    
DNF Laura Van Der Kamp (Ned) Team Futurumshop.nl    
DNF Janine Van Der Meer (Ned) Team Futurumshop.nl    
DNF Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Team Futurumshop.nl    
DNF Jessica Allen (Aus) Vienne Futuroscope    
DNF Sandrine Bideau (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
DNF Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
DNF Manon Souyris (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
DNF Oriane Chaumet (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
DNF Ine Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer    
DNF Jessy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer    
DNF Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer    
DNF Stephanie De Croock (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer    
DNF Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer    
DNF Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer    
DNF Tessa De Moyer (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer    
DNF Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata    
DNF Daisy Depoorter (Bel) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata    
DNF Marissa Otten (Ned) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata    
DNF Jessica Kihlbom (Swe) Cramo Go:Green    
DNF Mirella Ehrin (Swe) Cramo Go:Green    
DNF Linnea Sjoblom (Swe) Cramo Go:Green    
DNF Johanna Nilsson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green    
DNF Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
DNF Elena Valentini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
DNF Jennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
DNF Chiara Pierobon (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
DNF Asja Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
DNF Jamie Bookwalter (USA) USA    
DNF Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) USA    
DNF Heather Fischer (USA) USA    
DNF Janel Holcomb (USA) USA    
DNF Lauren De Crescenzo (USA) USA    
DNF Kayleigh Brogan (GBr) Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team    
DNF Eileen Roe (GBr) Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team    
DNF Penny Rowson (GBr) Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team    
DNF Elinor Thorogood (GBr) Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team    
DNF Jane Barr (GBr) Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team    
DNF Mariska Breyne (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.    
DNF Marieke Blomme (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.    
DNF Sarah Borremans (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.    
DNF Melanie Cattrysse (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.    
DNF Kristina Coolens (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.    
DNF Adeline De Vestele (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.    
DNF Kim Van Den Steen (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.    
DNF Evelien Debboudt (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team    
DNF Lensy Debboudt (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team    
DNF Valerie Demey (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team    
DNF Valerie Robert (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team    
DNF Shana Van Glabeke (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team    
DNF Sylvia Debboudt (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team    
DNF Kaat Van Der Meulen (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team    
DNF Eveline Dergent (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen    
DNF Terry Fremineur (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen    
DNF Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen    
DNF Liliane Leenknegt (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen    
DNF Mieke Leeman (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen    
DNF Evy Roelen (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen    
DNF Hanneke Van Gucht (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen    
DNF Laure Werner (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen    
DNF Aafke Eshuis (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg    
DNF Inge Klep (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg    
DNF Claudia Koster (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg    
DNF Rozanne Slik (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg    
DNF Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg    
DNF Nathaly Van Wesdonk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg