Brown takes confidence after second place in Danilith Nokere Koerse

NOKERE BELGIUM MARCH 17 Podium Grace Brown of Australia and Team BikeExchange Amy Pieters of Netherlands and Team SD Worx Lisa Klein of Germany and Team Canyon SRAM Racing Celebration during the 3rd Nokere Koerse Danilith Classic 2021 Womens Elite a 124km race from Deinze to Nokere NokereKoerse on March 17 2021 in Nokere Belgium Photo by Mark Van HeckeGetty Images
Team BikeExchange's Grace Brown (left) on the podium with second-place finish after Nokere Koerse (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) finished second in Danilith Nokere Koerse on Wednesday after a gutsy ride saw her lead the winning breakaway with 50km to go but eventually missing out to Amy Pieters (SD Worx) in the cobbled uphill finish.

Brown, who has taken on a vastly improved leadership role on the Australian team since the departure of Annemiek van Vleuten to Movistar at the start of the year, rode aggressively in the wet conditions in Belgium and took advantage when the pace dropped in the peloton.

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