Gunnewijk sprints to women's win

Teammate Van Vleuten finishes in second, ahead of Bronzini

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) TeamResult
1Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit3:33:56 
2Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit0:00:01 
3Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
4Charlotte Becker (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
5Chantal Blaak (Ned)  
6Brooke Miller (USA) Tibco  
7Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Columbia Women  
8Carla Swart (RSA) MTN  
9Marie Lindberg (Swe) Redsun Cycling Team  
10Iris Slappendel (Ned) Cervelo Test Team  
11Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian National Team0:00:05 
12Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
13Noemi Cantele (Ita) HTC Columbia Women0:00:07 
14Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cervelo Test Team0:01:13 
15Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
16Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
17Nicole Cooke (GBr) British National Team  
18Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Columbia Women  
19Barbara Guarischi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
20Emma Johansson (Swe) Redsun Cycling Team  
21Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Columbia Women  
22Monique Van De Ree (Ned)  
23Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
24Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team  
25Giulia Lazzerini (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
26Janneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
27Regina Bruins (Ned) Cervelo Test Team  
28Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Dutch National Team  
29Sophie Creux (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
30Lucy Martin (GBr) British National Team  
31Monia Baccaille (Ita) Team Valdarno  
32Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products Uck  
33Lauren Tamayo (USA) United States National Team  
34Irina Molicheva (Rus) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
35Gloria Presti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi  
36Hannah Mayho (GBr) British National Team  
37Denise Ramsden (Can) Canadian National Team  
38Andrea Bosman (Ned)  
39Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Redsun Cycling Team  
40Lucinda Brand (Ned)  
41Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australian National Team  
42Karin Aune (Swe) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
43Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) Hitec Products Uck  
44Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
45Emma Mackie (Aus) Tibco  
46Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Tibco  
47Inge Klep (Ned) Redsun Cycling Team  
48Corine Hierckens (Bel) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
49Kimberly Anderson (USA) HTC Columbia Women  
50Anne De Wildt (Ned)  
51Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Ned) Cervelo Test Team  
52Martine Bras (Ned) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
53Marta Vila Josana Andreu (Spa) Team Valdarno  
54Amy Pieters (Ned) Dutch National Team  
55Anne Arnouts (Bel) Redsun Cycling Team  
56Angela Hennig (Ger) Noris Cycling  
57Trixi Worrack (Ger) Noris Cycling  
58Alice Marmorini (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
59Dorleta Zorrilla Braceras (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
60Katie Colclough (GBr) British National Team  
61Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Australian National Team  
62Fröydis Waerstad (Nor) Hitec Products Uck  
63Sinead Miller (USA) USA0:01:25 
64Josien Van Wingerden (Ned)  
65Anne Eversdijk (Ned) Dutch National Team  
66Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) HTC Columbia Women0:01:28 
67Andrea Dvorak (USA) United States National Team  
68Bridie O'donnell (Aus) Team Valdarno  
69Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Lotto Ladies Team0:03:51 
70Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Noris Cycling0:06:03 


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