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Amy Pieters wins Nokere Koerse voor Dames

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NOKERE BELGIUM MARCH 17 Arrival Amy Pieters of Netherlands and Team SD Worx Celebration Grace Brown of Australia and Team BikeExchange 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

Amy Pieters (SD Worx) wins Nokere Koerse (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NOKERE BELGIUM MARCH 17 Arrival Amy Pieters of Netherlands and Team SD Worx Celebration Grace Brown of Australia and Team BikeExchange 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

Amy Pieters (SD Worx) wins Nokere Koerse (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NOKERE BELGIUM MARCH 17 Sprint Arrival Amy Pieters of Netherlands and Team SD Worx Grace Brown of Australia and Team BikeExchange 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

Amy Pieters (SD Worx) wins Nokere Koerse over Grace Brown (BikeExchange) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NOKERE BELGIUM MARCH 17 Arrival Amy Pieters of Netherlands and Team SD Worx Celebration Grace Brown of Australia and Team BikeExchange 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

Amy Pieters (SD Worx) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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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

Grace Brown, Amy PIeters and Lisa Klein on the podium of Nokere Koerse 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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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

Grace Brown, Amy PIeters and Lisa Klein on the podium of Nokere Koerse 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NOKERE BELGIUM MARCH 17 Start Emma Norsgaard Jorgensen of Denmark and Movistar Team 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

Emma Norsagaard (Movistar) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NOKERE BELGIUM MARCH 17 Start Floortje Mackaij of Netherlands and Team DSM 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

Floortje Mackaij (DSM) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NOKERE BELGIUM MARCH 17 Start Thalita De Jong of Netherlands and Team Bingoal Casino Chevalmeire 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

Thalita de Jong tries to keep warm at the start (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NOKERE BELGIUM MARCH 17 Sarah Roy of Australia and Team BikeExchange 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 Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Sarah Roy (BikeExchange) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NOKERE BELGIUM MARCH 17 Audrey CordonRagot of France and Team Trek Segafredo 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 Luc ClaessenGetty Images

French champion Audrey Cordon (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NOKERE BELGIUM MARCH 17 Emma Norsgaard Jorgensen of Denmark and Movistar Team Jelena Eric of Serbia and Movistar Team 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

Emma Norsgaard (Movistar) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NOKERE BELGIUM MARCH 17 Podium Grace Brown of Australia and Team BikeExchange White best young jersey Celebration during the 3rd Nokere Koerse Danilith Classic 2021 Womens Elite a 124km race from Deinze to Nokere Mask Covid safety measures Champagne Flowers Trophy NokereKoerse on March 17 2021 in Nokere Belgium Photo by Mark Van HeckeGetty Images

Grace Brown won the prize for winner of the mountains classification (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NOKERE BELGIUM MARCH 17 Podium Grace Brown of Australia and Team BikeExchange Amy Pieters of Netherlands and Team SD Worx Celebration during the 3rd Nokere Koerse Danilith Classic 2021 Womens Elite a 124km race from Deinze to Nokere Mask Covid safety measures Champagne NokereKoerse on March 17 2021 in Nokere Belgium Photo by Mark Van HeckeGetty Images

Grace Brown and Amy Pieters celebrate on the podium after Nokere Koerse (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NOKERE BELGIUM MARCH 17 Podium Trophy during the 3rd Nokere Koerse Danilith Classic 2021 Womens Elite a 124km race from Deinze to Nokere Champagne Detail view NokereKoerse on March 17 2021 in Nokere Belgium Photo by Mark Van HeckeGetty Images

The Nokere Koerse podium awaits its champion (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NOKERE BELGIUM MARCH 17 Sprint Arrival Lotte Kopecky of Belgium and Team Liv Racing Jolien Dhoore of Belgium and Team SD Worx 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

(Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Amy Pieters (Team SD Worx) beat Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) and Lisa Klein (Canyon-SRAM) to the line to win Danilith Nokere Koerse on Wednesday. 

The trio broke away to build up a healthy lead over the peloton and, despite a frantic chase in the closing 20km, managed to maintain a slim advantage before the sprint.

Pieters, who hasn’t finished lower than sixth in any of the races she has started this year, had too much for Brown and Klein on the line, with Lotte Kopecky (Liv Racing) leading home the bunch with fourth place.

The leading trio broke away with around 50km to go and their lead never peaked above a minute. It was Brown who initially forced the move to go clear, with Pieters and Klein able to latch on. Trek-Segafredo and several other teams with sprint interests controlled what was left of the peloton and began to chip away at the trios lead over the closing laps, and held the leaders at 30 seconds for most of the chase.

With 12km to go, as they started the final lap, it looked as though the peloton would make the juncture with the gap down to just 18 seconds, but the break found another gear and with 3km to go their advantage had moved out to 26 seconds again.

On the cobbled sprint to the line, Pieters simply had too much for the two riders in the break, with Team SD Worx continuing their incredible start to the season.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amy Pieters (Ned) Team SD Worx 3:13:53
2Grace Brown (Aus) Team BikeExchange
3Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:00:04
4Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Liv Racing 0:00:20
5Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Team DSM
6Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Team SD Worx
7Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
8Emma Norsgaard (Den) Movistar Team Women
9Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
10Christine Majerus (Lux) Team SD Worx 0:00:23
11Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
12Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
13Lonneke Uneken (Ned) Team SD Worx
14Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Team BikeExchange
15Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
16Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
17Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
18Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing
19Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
20Nancy van der Berg (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
21Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM Racing
22Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
23Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
24Julie Leth (Den) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
25Eva Buurman (Ned) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
26Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team 0:00:29
27Roxane Fournier (Fra) Team SD Worx
28Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 0:00:31
29Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing
30Romy Kasper (Ger) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
31Kristen Faulkner (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
32Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing 0:00:43
33Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team DSM
34Sarah Roy (Aus) Team BikeExchange
35Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
36Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team 0:00:48
37Amber van der Hulst (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:00:53
38Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:55
39Nicole Steigenga (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
40Fien Delbaere (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
41Eleonora Camilla Gasparrini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:57
42Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:00:59
43Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Liv Racing 0:01:03
44Catalina Anais Soto Campos (Chi) NXTG Racing 0:01:08
45Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women
46Marta Jaskulska (Pol) Liv Racing 0:01:10
47Valerie Demey (Bel) Liv Racing 0:01:12
48Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
49Franziska Koch (Ger) Team DSM 0:02:15
50Chloe Hosking (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
51Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:37
52Bryony van Velzen (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
DNFPfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team DSM
DNFLeah Kirchmann (Can) Team DSM
DNFSusanne Andersen (Nor) Team DSM
DNFJessica Allen (Aus) Team BikeExchange
DNFJessica Roberts (GBr) Team BikeExchange
DNFAmanda Spratt (Aus) Team BikeExchange
DNFKarol-Ann Canuel (Can) Team SD Worx
DNFElise Chabbey (Swi) Canyon-SRAM Racing
DNFHannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing
DNFAude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women
DNFAlicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women
DNFBarbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women
DNFSheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women
DNFAudrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
DNFShirin van Anrooij (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
DNFTrixi Worrack (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
DNFAlessia Patuelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
DNFUrska Pintar (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
DNFVictorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFLauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFJade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFTanja Erath (Ger) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
DNFNina Kessler (Ned) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
DNFLeah Dixon (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
DNFLaura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFFranziska Brauße (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFSarah Rijkes (Aut) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFLea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFAnna Henderson (GBr) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
DNFPernille Mathiesen (Den) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
DNFSilvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFMargaux Vigie (Fra) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFDanique Braam (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFAlana Castrique (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFLone Meertens (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFElise Vander Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFElizabeth Bennett (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
DNFEmilie Moberg (Nor) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
DNFElise Marie Olsen (Nor) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
DNFFinja Smekal (Ger) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
DNFApril Tacey (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
DNFAlice Towers (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
DNFMischa Bredewold (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFFemke Markus (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFMarit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFRozemarijn Ammerlaan (Ned) NXTG Racing
DNFCathalijne Hoolwerf (Ned) NXTG Racing
DNFJulia Borgström (Swe) NXTG Racing
DNFAmelia Sharpe (GBr) NXTG Racing
DNFEmily Wadsworth (GBr) NXTG Racing
DNFMieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
DNFChristina Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
DNFMarieke van Witzenburg (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
DNFNathalie Bex (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
DNFDemi De Jong (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
DNFThalita De Jong (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
DNFClaudia Jongerius (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
DNFJustine Ghekiere (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
DNFNatalie van Gogh (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
DNFMarijke De Smedt (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
DNFLara Defour (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
DNFAnn-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
DNFCéline van Houtum (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team

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