Vollering takes solo De Brabantse Pijl victory

Demi Vollering (Sd Worx) won the women’s Brabantse Pijl with a dominant solo victory in the rain.

She was second in Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race and last year’s De Brabantse Pijl but raced aggressively on Wednesday to set up her solo victory.

She attacked with Pauliena Rooijakkers (Canyon-SRAM) at 30km to go and then as their gap grew on the hilly final circuit, Vollering took off alone and time trialled to the finish.

Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) attacked from the chase group and won the sprint for second place after Rooijakkers was caught, while Liane Lippert (Team DSM) was third.

How it unfolded

The mid-week Brabantse Pijl upgraded to 1.Pro this year and marked the final race of the Flanders Classics' spring calendar. No less that 24 climbs set the scene for the 141.2km race that started in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw and finished on circuits in Overijse. Each local circuit included the punishing climbs: S-Bocht Overijse, Hagaard, Hertstraat, Moskesstraat and Holstheide.

Anna Christian (Le Col-Wahoo) made an early solo attack but her efforts were short-lived and she was reeled back into the main field with 85km remaining. Amber Kraak (Jumbo-Visma) was the next to make her move over the Moskesstraat where she gained 22 seconds, but she too was caught with the field back together right before entering the 21.9km-long local circuits in Overijse.

Ten riders escaped the main field over the relentless ascents on the circuits but the reduced field reconnected with the breakaway on the penultimate lap.

Vollering, runner-up after a photo-finish last year was awarded to Ruth Winder, launched a seering attack that only Paulina Rooijakkers (Canyon-SRAM) could follow. Together the pair gained nearly 20 seconds as the cleared the S-Bocht inside the final 25km, and the start of the last lap of racing.

Sensing that it could be the winning move, Juliette Labous (Team DSM) attempted to bridge across, but never managed to close the gap.

Vollering dropped Rooijakkers on the last passage of the Moskesstraat with 10km to go and she pushed her lead out to 30 seconds, and then 45 seconds as she reached the final ascent to the finishline in S-Bocht Overijse and taking the victory.

Behind the day's winner, chasers Niewiadoma launched her sprint to finish second place ahead of Lippert in third, while Marlene Reusser (also SD Worx) finished fourth, Labous in fifth and Rooijakkers in sixth.

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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx 3:38:00
2Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:22
3Liane Lippert (Ger) Team DSM Women
4Marlen Reusser (Swi) SD Worx 0:00:27
5Juliette Labous (Fra) Team DSM Women 0:00:44
6Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:58
7Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:01:02
8Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) SD Worx
9Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
10Alexandra Manly (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
11Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
12Loes Adegeest (Ned) IBCT
13Paula Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women
14Mischa Bredewold (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
15Shirin van Anrooij (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women
16Mavi Garcia (Spa) UAE Team ADQ
17Coryn Rivera (USA) Jumbo-Visma Women
18Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) SD Worx
19Anna Shackley (GBr) SD Worx 0:01:09
20Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women 0:01:27
21Marta Jaskulska (Pol) Liv Racing Xstra 0:01:43
22Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) BikeExchange-Jayco Women 0:01:45
23Mareille Meijering (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team 0:02:19
24Amanda Spratt (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women 0:02:21
25Marta Lach (Pol) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team 0:05:34
26Megan Armitage (Irl) IBCT 0:05:35
27Justine Ghekiere (Bel) Plantur-Pura
28Tamara Dronova (Rus) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad 0:06:58
29Martina Alzini (Ita) Cofidis Women Team
30Millie Couzens (GBr) Plantur-Pura
31Shari Bossuyt (Bel) Canyon-Sram Racing
32Amber Kraak (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
33Noemi Rüegg (Swi) Jumbo-Visma Women
34Anne Van Rooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
35Julia Borgström (Swe) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
36Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Le Col Wahoo
37Urska Pintar (Slo) UAE Team ADQ
38Arlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cub) Movistar Team Women
39Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing Xstra
40Linda Riedmann (Ger) Jumbo-Visma Women
41Esmée Peperkamp (Ned) Team DSM Women
42Mijntje Geurts (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
43Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Plantur-Pura
44Femke Gerritse (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
45Mieke Docx (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
46Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women
47Leah Thomas (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women
48Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
49Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team DSM Women
50Georgia Williams (NZl) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
51Jade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
52Eleonora Camilla Gasparrini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
53Erica Magnaldi (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
54Lone Meertens (Bel) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
55Nina Buijsman (Ned) Human Powered Health Women
56Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Human Powered Health Women
57Victoire Berteau (Fra) Cofidis Women Team 0:07:06
58Amber van der Hulst (Ned) Liv Racing Xstra
59Alana Castrique (Bel) Cofidis Women Team 0:07:13
60Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:07:20
61Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFOlivia Onesti (Fra) Cofidis Women Team
DNFSophie Wright (GBr) UAE Team ADQ
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
DNFSvenja Betz (Ger) IBCT
DNFHaylee Fuller (Aus) IBCT
DNFFien Van Eynde (Bel) IBCT
DNFSandra Levenez (Fra) Cofidis Women Team
DNFAnna Christian (GBr) Le Col Wahoo
DNFAafke Soet (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
DNFEider Merino Cortazar (Spa) Le Col Wahoo
DNFFlora Perkins (GBr) Le Col Wahoo
DNFAlice Towers (GBr) Le Col Wahoo
DNFGladys Verhulst (Fra) Le Col Wahoo
DNFEefje Brandt (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFKristyna Burlová (Cze) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFSara Van De Vel (Bel) IBCT
DNFNaomi De Roeck (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
DNFAmalie Dideriksen (Den) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFAlena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-Sram Racing
DNFMargaux Vigie (Fra) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFTayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFJulie Hendrickx (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
DNFAnne Dorthe Ysland (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
DNFHannah Barnes (GBr) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
DNFAmalie Lutro (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
DNFLizbeth Yarely Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFOlha Kulynych (Ukr) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
DNFValentine Fortin (Fra) Cofidis Women Team
DNFLotte Popelier (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
DNFLana Eberle (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFLaura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFMaria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFJoscelin Lowden (GBr) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
DNFMarthe Goossens (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
DNFHanna Nilsson (Swe) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFLéa Curinier (Fra) Team DSM Women
DNFHannah Ludwig (Ger) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
DNFMikayla Harvey (NZl) Canyon-Sram Racing
DNFHannah Buch (Ger) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
DNFMarion Norbert Riberolle (Bel) Plantur-Pura
DNFSanne Cant (Bel) Plantur-Pura
DNFSarah Gigante (Aus) Movistar Team Women
DNFSara Martin Martin (Spa) Movistar Team Women
DNFKatrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar Team Women
DNFIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFKim De Baat (Bel) Plantur-Pura
DNFNeve Bradbury (Aus) Canyon-Sram Racing
DNFBelle de Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFKatia Ragusa (Ita) Liv Racing Xstra
DNFStine Borgli (Nor) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFAyesha McGowan (USA) Liv Racing Xstra
DNFEvita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFKaia Schmid (USA) Human Powered Health Women
DNFMakayla Macpherson (USA) Human Powered Health Women
DNFEri Yonamine (Jpn) Human Powered Health Women
DNFEva Buurman (Ned) Liv Racing Xstra
DNFCassia Boglio (Aus) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
DNFKarolina Kumiega (Pol) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFFrancesca Barale (Ita) Team DSM Women
DNFMarit Raaijmakers (Ned) Human Powered Health Women
DNFUrska Zigart (Slo) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
DNFElisa Serné (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
DNFFien Delbaere (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
DNFCamille Devigne (Fra) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
DNFOlga Zabelinskaya (Uzb) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
DNFAmber Aernouts (Bel) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
DNFEsmée Gielkens (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFChelsie Tan (Sin) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
DNFAmelia Sharpe (GBr) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
DNFMaureen Arens (Ned) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
DNFPetra Stiasny (Swi) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
DNFAline Seitz (Swi) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
DNFPien Limpens (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFRosalie van der Wolf (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFRotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
DNFWillemijn Prins (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
DNSLetizia Paternoster (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNSElise Vander Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies

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