Crashes and crosswinds wreak havoc at Brugge-De Panne

Brugge-De Panne
Crashes wreak havoc at Brugge-De Panne (Image credit: Getty Images)

Teams may still be fishing bikes out of the ditches and waterways surrounding De Panne after crosswinds and crashes wreaked havoc at Thursday's third round of the Women's WorldTour Classic Brugge-De Panne on Thursday.

Grace Brown took an impressive solo victory and while that was cause for much celebration, two of her Team BikeExchange teammates were tending to wounds sustained in the many crashes in the peloton between Brugge and the finishing circuits around De Panne.

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Kirsten Frattini
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Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.