Van Loy wins Superprestige Gavere

Brammeier and Van De Steene complete podium

Ellen Van Loy (Telenet-Fidea Lions) won an exciting fifth round of the Superprestige Ladies Trophy in Gavere, beating Nikki Brammeier (Boels-Dolmans) by two seconds in a sprint finish. Kim Van De Steene (Tarteletto-Isorex) finished third, 21 seconds back.

The race was a wet and muddy one, and was different from previous rounds right from the start as Brammeier and Van Loy led the way. Maud Kaptheijns (Crelan-Charles), suffering with a knee injury, endured a slower start than usual, falling behind the group of front-runners.

A chase group was soon established behind the lead duo as the riders worked their way around the ten-minute laps - long due to the slow mud and amount of dismounting and running required as a result.

World Champion and new European Champion Sanne Cant (Beobank-Corendon) was among them, along with Van De Steene, Annemarie Worst (Era-Circus) and Sophie De Boer (Breepark). Try as they might though, the gap to the lead duo - seven seconds at the end of lap one - would not be closed.

As numerous riders lying further back slipped and crashed in the mud, Brammeier and Van Loy were exchanging positions up front, increasing their gap to the rest bit by bit. Meanwhile Kaptheijns, the dominant rider so far this season, was clearly suffering as she fell further back - behind the chase group.

That chase group fractured during the middle two laps, with Van De Steene coming out on top, somewhat surprisingly. Heading into the final lap, the Belgian was the only woman within 20 seconds of the leaders. Further back, four-time Gavere winner Cant and Alice Maria Arzuffi (Steylaerts-Betfirst) fought over fourth.

Drama on that final lap saw Brammeier pull out a gap before a crash held up her progress. Van Loy caught up before a bike change saw her lose ground again. It was far from over though, as she hunted the British national champion down and with a brilliant sense of timing caught Brammeier in time for the final corner of the race.

With the momentum in her favour, the 37-year-old launched her sprint from behind and passed Brammeier within sight of the line.

With Cant finishing 5th and Kaptheijns 12th, the Superprestige rankings race has been blown wide open, with Cant now lying just two points behind the Kaptheijns 64 at the top of the leaderboard.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:42:50 
2Nikki Brammeier (GBr)0:00:02 
3Kim Van De Steene (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex0:00:21 
4Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Steylaerts - Betfirst0:00:36 
5Sanne Cant (Bel) Beobank-Corendon0:01:02 
6Sophie De Boer (Ned)0:01:19 
7Christine Majerus (Lux)0:01:25 
8Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice0:01:28 
9Annemarie Worst (Ned) Era-Circus0:01:34 
10Katherine Compton (USA)0:01:39 
11Elle Anderson (USA)0:02:07 
12Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) Crelan - Charles0:02:52 
13Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Marlux - Napoleon Games0:03:03 
14Fleur Nagengast (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions0:03:15 
15Yara Kastelijn (Ned)0:03:32 
16Nikola Nosková (Cze)0:04:11 
17Geerte Hoeke (Ned)0:04:13 
18Karen Verhestraeten (Bel)0:04:50 
19Denise Betsema (Ned)0:05:40 
20Susanne Meistrok (Ned)0:06:25 
21Axelle Bellaert (Bel)0:06:48 
22Jinse Peeters (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice0:08:19 
23Kim Van De Putte (Bel)0:09:42 
24Irene Gerritsen (Ned)0:11:04 
25Matilde Bolzan (Ita)0:11:59 
26Julia Boschker (Ned)0:12:41 
LAPJana Dobbelaere (Bel)  
LAPLaure Michels (Bel)  
LAPJo Blanchaert (Bel)  
LAPYasmine De Wulf (Bel)  
DNFLoes Sels (Bel) Crelan - Charles  
DNFLaurine Boidequin (Bel)  
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