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Gunnewijk sprints to women's win

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Teammate Van Vleuten finishes in second, ahead of Bronzini

Loes Gunnewijk (Nederland Bloeit) celebrates her solo win in Drenthe, just ahead of the sprinting group

Loes Gunnewijk (Nederland Bloeit) celebrates her solo win in Drenthe, just ahead of the sprinting group

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Loes Gunnewijk (Nederland Bloeit) won the women's World Cup after attacking a lead group that included 12 other riders with one kilometre to go. Gunnewijk's team-mate Annemiek van Vleuten gave Holland two place on the podium, taking second ahead of Italian Giorgia Bronzini (Gauss RDZ Ormu).

Gunnewijk finished runner up at the event last year, giving her confidence heading into today’s race. "That felt like a victory because it ended a period of misfortune at that time. But really, the win is even more beautiful," she said.

The winner attacked when things started to get quiet among the race's leaders, just before the final sprint would have begun. After her attack she was encouraged by her team manager Jeroen Blijlevens.

"He shouted in my ear that I had a gap and had to keep going,” she said. “That I succeeded is a dream come true. I have been, for a number of years, often close to a victory in a World Cup, but now I've got one."

Gunnewijk's teammate Marianne Vos retained her lead in the World Cup standings.

Cervelo Test Team’s Egon van Kessel seemed less than pleased with the race’s outcome, having done much of the work throughout the race. The team’s top rider was Charlotte Becker in fourth place.

“Halfway through the race, in the cobblestone section, we launched a good attack and that tactic resulted in a break of 30 riders with six of our own riders in the break,” said van Kessel. “There was one team with six riders and two teams with four, but what really happened was our team had to do a lot of the work, and the Leontien team had to do a lot of work.

“Finally they all came together with eleven riders in the front including three of our girls Charlotte, Iris and Sarah,” he added. “At the end we lost the race and Loes Gunnewijk from Nederland Bloeit won the race. The team that didn’t do so much work won the race – it can happen.”

The event was a learning experience for the USA’s Team Tibco, with the squad managing to land Brooke Miller in sixth overall. Despite making the winning break’s selection, Miller described it as a challenging day.

“It was a great day for the team, but also a frustrating one as we had more bad luck today,” Miller said. “But everyone raced really well. With each race we’re learning how to race smarter and be in good position. Today gave us a lot of confidence for the next couple races.”

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit 3:33:56  
2 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit 0:00:01  
3 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu    
4 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
5 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Leontien.nl    
6 Brooke Miller (USA) Tibco    
7 Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Columbia Women    
8 Carla Swart (RSA) MTN    
9 Marie Lindberg (Swe) Redsun Cycling Team    
10 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Cervelo Test Team    
11 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian National Team 0:00:05  
12 Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
13 Noemi Cantele (Ita) HTC Columbia Women 0:00:07  
14 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cervelo Test Team 0:01:13  
15 Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit    
16 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team    
17 Nicole Cooke (GBr) British National Team    
18 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Columbia Women    
19 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox    
20 Emma Johansson (Swe) Redsun Cycling Team    
21 Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Columbia Women    
22 Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Leontien.nl    
23 Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu    
24 Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team    
25 Giulia Lazzerini (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox    
26 Janneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit    
27 Regina Bruins (Ned) Cervelo Test Team    
28 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Dutch National Team    
29 Sophie Creux (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion    
30 Lucy Martin (GBr) British National Team    
31 Monia Baccaille (Ita) Team Valdarno    
32 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products Uck    
33 Lauren Tamayo (USA) United States National Team    
34 Irina Molicheva (Rus) Fenixs - Petrogradets    
35 Gloria Presti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi    
36 Hannah Mayho (GBr) British National Team    
37 Denise Ramsden (Can) Canadian National Team    
38 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Leontien.nl    
39 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Redsun Cycling Team    
40 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Leontien.nl    
41 Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australian National Team    
42 Karin Aune (Swe) Fenixs - Petrogradets    
43 Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) Hitec Products Uck    
44 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Nederland Bloeit    
45 Emma Mackie (Aus) Tibco    
46 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Tibco    
47 Inge Klep (Ned) Redsun Cycling Team    
48 Corine Hierckens (Bel) Fenixs - Petrogradets    
49 Kimberly Anderson (USA) HTC Columbia Women    
50 Anne De Wildt (Ned) Leontien.nl    
51 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Ned) Cervelo Test Team    
52 Martine Bras (Ned) Gauss RDZ Ormu    
53 Marta Vila Josana Andreu (Spa) Team Valdarno    
54 Amy Pieters (Ned) Dutch National Team    
55 Anne Arnouts (Bel) Redsun Cycling Team    
56 Angela Hennig (Ger) Noris Cycling    
57 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Noris Cycling    
58 Alice Marmorini (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox    
59 Dorleta Zorrilla Braceras (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango    
60 Katie Colclough (GBr) British National Team    
61 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Australian National Team    
62 Fröydis Waerstad (Nor) Hitec Products Uck    
63 Sinead Miller (USA) USA 0:01:25  
64 Josien Van Wingerden (Ned) Leontien.nl    
65 Anne Eversdijk (Ned) Dutch National Team    
66 Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) HTC Columbia Women 0:01:28  
67 Andrea Dvorak (USA) United States National Team    
68 Bridie O'donnell (Aus) Team Valdarno    
69 Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Lotto Ladies Team 0:03:51  
70 Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Noris Cycling 0:06:03