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Wiebes wins Nokere Koerse voor Dames

Lorena Wiebes of Team DSM took a comprehensive victory at Nokere Koerse voor Dames, surging away from the peloton on the final ascent of the Nokereberg to go clear in the closing metres of the 126-kilometre race.

The Dutchwomen, also a winner in Nokere in 2019, was by far the strongest on the uphill cobbled run to the line, taking the win by several bike lengths with a seated sprint. 

Belgian champion Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) and Marta Bastianelli (UAE Team ADQ) rounded out the podium some way back.

"I am very happy to take this win," Wiebes said after the race, the day ahead of her 23rd birthday. "We had some bad luck with the team along the way. Four riders had fallen and three of them had to retire, so we had to have a bit of luck in the course of the race. That turned out all right"

"She is one of the strongest riders on such a finish. So I knew where to sit. I think I've had a good winter. I've had some training sessions on the slopes and that always does me good. It also helps with sprinting speed."

The bunch sprint to the line saw Arianna Fidanza (BikeExchange-Jayco) hit the deck in the closing metres, the last crash in a series that marred the race. Wiebes herself had crashed earlier, falling along with her DSM teammate Georgi Pfeiffer and Elynor Backstedt (Trek-Segafredo).

In the early stages of the race, after Mieke Kröger (Human Powered Health) had stolen away to embark on a solo breakaway, a mass crash saw Shari Bossuyt (Canyon-Sram) and Chloe Hosking (Trek-Segafredo) among the fallers, while at 48 kilometres Jesse Vandenbulcke (Le Col-Wahoo) looked to come off worst in the crash that affected Wiebes, Pfeiffer, Backstedt and numerous others.

A handful of kilometres later, Kröger was brought back, setting up the finale which saw several more falls, though none as large as the previous mass crashes. At 20 to go, the Parkhotel Valkenburg duo of Femke Markus and Mischa Bredewold made an ambitious bid for glory, but the pair were brought back just inside the final 10 kilometres as SD Worx pushed the pace.

The Dutch team were setting it up for their leader Kopecky, who won Strade Bianche earlier in the month, but during the dash to the line, the 26-year-old was simply outpaced by Wiebes. 

Having positioned herself perfectly on the run to the cobbled finish, she moved out of Kopecky's wheel before powering on to a clear and decisive victory, her third of the month.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Team DSM Women 3:14:47
2Lotte Kopecky (Bel) SD Worx 0:00:01
3Marta Bastianelli (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
4Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
5Maria Apolonia Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Le Col Wahoo
6Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women
7Noemi Rüegg (Swi) Jumbo-Visma Women
8Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
9Letizia Borghesi (Ita) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
10Shari Bossuyt (Bel) Canyon-Sram Racing
11Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women
12Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
13Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo Women
14Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
15Susanne Andersen (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
16Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
17Teniel Campbell (TTo) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
18Julie De Wilde (Bel) Plantur-Pura
19Mylene de Zoete (Ned) NXTG by Experza
20Christine Majerus (Lux) SD Worx
21Eugenia Bujak (Slo) UAE Team ADQ
22Laura Süßemilch (Ger) Plantur-Pura
23Amber Kraak (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
24Maike Van der Duin (Ned) Le Col Wahoo
25Marta Lach (Pol) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
26Linda Riedmann (Ger) Jumbo-Visma Women
27Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
28Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Plantur-Pura
29Magdeleine Vallieres Mill (Can) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
30Justine Ghekiere (Bel) Plantur-Pura
31Kaia Schmid (USA) Human Powered Health Women
32Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
33Kiona Crabbé (Bel) Plantur-Pura
34Lieke Nooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
35Femke Markus (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
36Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-Sram Racing
37Mieke Docx (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
38Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing
39Ilse Pluimers (Ned) NXTG by Experza
40Mischa Bredewold (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
41Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
42Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Le Col Wahoo
43Makayla Macpherson (USA) Human Powered Health Women
44Maria Martins (Por) Le Col Wahoo
45Sara Poidevin (Can) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
46Danique Braam (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
47Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Human Powered Health Women
48Roxane Fournier (Fra) SD Worx
49Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
50Mijntje Geurts (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:00:16
51Romy Kasper (Ger) Jumbo-Visma Women
52Lea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team 0:00:18
53Julie Van De Velde (Bel) Plantur-Pura 0:00:19
54Maaike Boogaard (Ned) UAE Team ADQ
55Sofie van Rooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
56Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:00:22
57Charlotte Kool (Ned) Team DSM Women 0:00:24
58Anastasia Carbonari (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:32
59Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
60Lonneke Uneken (Ned) SD Worx 0:00:42
61Georgia Baker (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women 0:01:02
62Hannah Barnes (GBr) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women 0:01:03
63Nina Kessler (Ned) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
64Arianna Fidanza (Ita) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
65Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Human Powered Health Women 0:01:28
66Mie Bjørndal Ottestad (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women 0:01:47
67Tanja Erath (Ger) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB 0:02:01
68Marith Vanhove (Bel) Parkhotel Valkenburg
69Margaux Vigie (Fra) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:02:05
70Maureen Arens (Ned) NXTG by Experza
71Franziska Brauße (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
72Claudia Jongerius (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport 0:02:09
73Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
74Sarah Gigante (Aus) Movistar Team Women 0:02:10
75Cassia Boglio (Aus) NXTG by Experza 0:02:12
76Jessica Allen (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women 0:02:16
77Anna Trevisi (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
78Henrietta Christie (NZl) Human Powered Health Women 0:02:19
DNFPfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team DSM Women
DNFFranziska Koch (Ger) Team DSM Women
DNFAude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women
DNFLaura Tomasi (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
DNFAbi Smith (GBr) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
DNFJelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women
DNFEsmée Peperkamp (Ned) Team DSM Women
DNFKathrin Hammes (Ger) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
DNFAudrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFChloe Hosking (Aus) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFElynor Backstedt (GBr) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFAmalie Dideriksen (Den) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFElise Uijen (Ned) Team DSM Women
DNFMartina Fidanza (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFEmma Redaelli (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFKirstie van Haaften (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFJulie Leth (Den) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
DNFJesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Le Col Wahoo
DNFGladys Verhulst (Fra) Le Col Wahoo
DNFMieke Kröger (Ger) Human Powered Health Women
DNFYuli Van Der Molen (Ned) NXTG by Experza
DNFAafke Soet (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
DNFBarbara Sniezynska (Pol) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
DNFMinke Bakker (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
DNFAlice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing
DNFStine Borgli (Nor) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFKarolina Kumiega (Pol) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFJosie Knight (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFGrace Brown (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFMaud Oudeman (Ned) Canyon-Sram Racing
DNFElise Vander Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFSterre Vervloet (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFNeve Bradbury (Aus) Canyon-Sram Racing
DNFAmber Aernouts (Bel) NXTG by Experza
DNSClara Copponi (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope

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Daniel Ostanek is production editor at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired as staff writer. Before Cyclingnews, he was published in numerous publications around the cycling world, including Procycling, CyclingWeekly, CyclingTips, Cyclist, and Rouleur, among others. As well as reporting and writing news and features, Daniel runs the 'How to watch' content throughout the season.

Daniel has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, and has interviewed a number of the sport's biggest stars, including Egan Bernal, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Mark Cavendish, and Anna van der Breggen. Daniel rides a 2002 Landbouwkrediet Colnago C40 and his favourite races are Strade Bianche and the Vuelta a España.

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