Wild wins women's Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne

Kirsten Wild (WNT-Rotor) moved seamlessly from the track to the road, winning the Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne one-day race with her strong sprint. After a fast race without a lasting breakaway, Wild launched her sprint at the right moment and won, with Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal Ladies) rounding out the podium.

"I am very happy," said Wild after the finish. "I had a busy winter with track racing, then directly switched to the road, so I was actually a bit tired. It is great to start like this, in a Women's WorldTour race on the highest level."

Starting in the medieval city centre of Brugge and finishing in the bustling seaside resort of De Panne, the race covered 134.4km, mostly along or near the North Sea coast. Unlike last year, the wind was only a very light breeze, so there were no echelons. Combined with only one cobblestone section that came in the first 15km, a mass sprint was almost inevitable. The race finished with 2.5 laps of a 17.7km finishing circuit.

This did not deter the more aggressive riders of the peloton, however. Anja Longyka (BTC City Ljubljana), Sheyla Gutierrez (Movistar Team), Chantal Hoffmann (Lotto Soudal Ladies), Hayley Simmonds (BTC City Ljubljana), Loes Adegeest (Parkhotel Valkenburg), and Daniela Reis (Doltcini-Van Eyck) all tried their luck, but none of them could stay away for more than a few kilometres against a determined peloton.

Séverine Eraud (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) held her own the longest, building a gap of half a minute after attacking with 56km to go. The Frenchwoman was reeled in at the start of the finishing laps, 44km from the line.

The narrow roads and tram tracks on the finishing circuit made for nervous racing with several crashes, though nobody was badly injured. Sofia Bertizzolo (Team Virtu Cycling), the leader of the UCI Women’s WorldTour youth ranking, went solo with 33km to go. Bertizzolo soon had an advantage of 22 seconds, causing a surge in pace as Boels Dolmans worked hard to bring her back.

When Bertizzolo's move had been neutralised with 22km left to race, there were new attacks, with Boels Dolmans being particularly active, but nobody managed to get away and the peloton eventually settled into the sprint preparation. A move by Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) and Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) on the Veurne market square with 8.5 km to go was immediately shut down by Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo).

On the final kilometres, the sprint trains vied with each other for the best position, and it was Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) who led out her teammate Amalie Dideriksen for the sprint. The Danish champion had to start her sprint very early and faltered while Kirsten Wild and Lorena Wiebes came from behind with superior speed. Lotte Kopecky had to go around Dideriksen and just missed out on second place against Wiebes, but Wild was superior and won with over a bike length to her nearest competitors.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling Team3:13:07
2Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 1 - Cell 2
3Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 2 - Cell 2
4Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek - SegafredoRow 3 - Cell 2
5Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team SunwebRow 4 - Cell 2
6Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 5 - Cell 2
7Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 6 - Cell 2
8Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 7 - Cell 2
9Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-LivRow 9 - Cell 2
11Roxane Fournier (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 10 - Cell 2
12Julie Leth (Den) Bigla Pro CyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 12 - Cell 2
14Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale CipolliniRow 13 - Cell 2
15Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAMRow 14 - Cell 2
16Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Nina Kessler (Ned) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 16 - Cell 2
18Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAMRow 17 - Cell 2
19Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 18 - Cell 2
20Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 19 - Cell 2
21Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate - Ladies TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Kendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 21 - Cell 2
23Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 22 - Cell 2
24Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 23 - Cell 2
25Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:04
26Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team SunwebRow 25 - Cell 2
27Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Bigla Pro CyclingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini - Van Eyck SportRow 28 - Cell 2
30Mia Radotić (Cro) BTC City LjubljanaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Thi That Nguyen (Vie) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 30 - Cell 2
32Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 31 - Cell 2
33Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 32 - Cell 2
34Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Christina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu CyclingRow 34 - Cell 2
36Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team0:00:08
37Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Trek - SegafredoRow 36 - Cell 2
38Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Claudia Koster (Ned) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Maria Apolonia Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Ale CipolliniRow 39 - Cell 2
41Anastasiia Chursina (Rus) BTC City LjubljanaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Janine Van Der Meer (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 41 - Cell 2
43Daniela Reis (Por) Doltcini - Van Eyck SportRow 42 - Cell 2
44Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 43 - Cell 2
45Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 44 - Cell 2
46Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Eva Buurman (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Agnieszka Skalniak (Pol) CCC-LivRow 47 - Cell 2
49Sara Mustonen (Swe) Health Mate - Ladies TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Kelly Markus (Ned) Doltcini - Van Eyck SportRow 49 - Cell 2
51Greta Richioud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 50 - Cell 2
52Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 51 - Cell 2
53Valerie Demey (Bel) CCC-LivRow 52 - Cell 2
54Charlotte Becker (Ger) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 53 - Cell 2
55Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 54 - Cell 2
56Olga Shekel (Ukr) Astana Women's TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Charlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 56 - Cell 2
58Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek - SegafredoRow 57 - Cell 2
59Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 58 - Cell 2
60Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:00:15
61Alana Castrique (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 60 - Cell 2
62Diana Carolina Peñuela Martinez (Col) Ale CipolliniRow 61 - Cell 2
63Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 62 - Cell 2
64Monique Van De Ree (Ned) BTC City LjubljanaRow 63 - Cell 2
65Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Bigla Pro CyclingRow 64 - Cell 2
66Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 65 - Cell 2
67Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Health Mate - Ladies TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 67 - Cell 2
69Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu CyclingRow 68 - Cell 2
70Laura Süßemilch (Ger) Health Mate - Ladies TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling0:00:20
72Coralie Demay (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 71 - Cell 2
73Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 72 - Cell 2
74Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Women's TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Skylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 75 - Cell 2
77Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 76 - Cell 2
78Lea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Sarah Rijkes (Aut) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Mitchelton ScottRow 79 - Cell 2
81Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek - Segafredo0:00:23
82Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek - SegafredoRow 81 - Cell 2
83Maaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City LjubljanaRow 82 - Cell 2
84Julia Soek (Ned) Team SunwebRow 83 - Cell 2
85Kirstie Van Haaften (Ned) Health Mate - Ladies TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale CipolliniRow 85 - Cell 2
87Victoire Berteau (Fra) Doltcini - Van Eyck SportRow 86 - Cell 2
88Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling Team0:00:28
89Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Doltcini - Van Eyck SportRow 88 - Cell 2
90Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 89 - Cell 2
91Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 90 - Cell 2
92Paula Andrea Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team WomenRow 91 - Cell 2
93Christina Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate - Ladies Team0:00:31
94Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAMRow 93 - Cell 2
95Mieke Kröger (Ger) Team Virtu Cycling0:00:48
96Jelena Erić (Srb) Ale CipolliniRow 95 - Cell 2
97Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM0:01:01
98Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:01:07
99Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 98 - Cell 2
100Trixi Worrack (Ger) Trek - Segafredo0:01:12
101Evy Kuijpers (Ned) CCC-Liv0:01:15
102Martina Alzini (Ita) Bigla Pro Cycling0:01:44
103Marta Lach (Pol) CCC-LivRow 102 - Cell 2
104Amiliya Iskakova (Kaz) Astana Women's TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Hayley Simmonds (GBr) BTC City LjubljanaRow 104 - Cell 2
106Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 105 - Cell 2
107Jeydy Pradera Bernal (Cub) Astana Women's TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Canyon-SRAMRow 107 - Cell 2
109Sylvie Swinkels (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 108 - Cell 2
110Tanja Erath (Ger) Canyon-SRAM0:03:15
111Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team SunwebRow 110 - Cell 2
112Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:03:34
DNFElizabeth Banks (GBr) Bigla Pro CyclingRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFAnja Longyka (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFFloortje Mackaij (Ned) Team SunwebRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFLucinda Brand (Ned) Team SunwebRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFLoes Adegeest (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFSeverine Eraud (Fra) Doltcini - Van Eyck SportRow 117 - Cell 2

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