Wiebes declared winner of women's Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne

Lorena Wiebes (Team Sunweb) has won the women's Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne one-day race. After a wind-blown race, a group of just over 20 riders contested the sprint, and Jolien D'hoore (Boels Dolmans) was first over the line, but after a review of the finish, the Belgian sprinter was relegated for irregular sprinting.

Led out by her teammates, Wiebes waited for a long time before launching her sprint, and D'hoore got the jump on the young Dutch sprinter. But Wiebes had the higher end speed, and D'hoore deviated from her line to keep Wiebes behind, and the race jury judged this to be irregular and relegated D'hoore. 

Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT) moved up to second place, with Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal) rounding out the podium.

“I started a second too late, actually,” Wiebes recounted the sprint. “Jolien came from behind and boxed me in a bit, so I lost some speed. I still went all-in because it is only over at the finish line.”

Wiebes came up on D’hoore’s left side, and D’hoore reacted by drifting towards the barriers – and was eventually relegated for this.

Asked about the relegation, Wiebes said: “I don’t know, really. I realised that the closer we got to the line, the closer she came to the barriers on my side. It is sprinting, but we have seen how it can end with Fabio [Jakobsen], unfortunately,” she ended, referencing the heavy crash by her compatriot in the Tour de Pologne, caused by a similar deviation by Dylan Groenewegen.

How it unfolded

At 156.3 kilometres, the race was one of the longest in the UCI Women's WorldTour. It had a completely flat profile through West Flanders, but offshore winds of more than 30 km/h around De Panne promised echelon action on the two laps of the 46.3km finishing circuit.

There was no breakaway as the peloton sped towards De Panne ahead of the fastest schedule. Two small crashes split the group, but entering the final lap, everything was back together. Subsequent attacks by Anouska Koster (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Danique Braam (Lotto Soudal), Elisa Longo Borghini, and Ellen van Dijk (both Trek-Segafredo) were all quickly shut down by Team Sunweb who clearly targeted a sprint finish.

A move by Esther van Veen (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Vita Heine (Hitec Products-Birk Sport) got a small gap but was also reeled in within a few kilometres. 31km from the finish, the peloton turned into a strong crosswind, and Boels Dolmans as well as Team Sunweb took the opportunity to split the race into echelons.

About 40 riders were left in the first group, though the race came back together again. But with 17km to go, another crosswind section split the race completely, leaving only sixteen riders in the front echelon, including five Sunweb riders and four from Boels Dolmans.

Inside the last ten kilometres, Boels Dolmans tried to send first Christine Majerus, then Lonneke Uneken off the front, followed by a second attack by Majerus. All those moves were neutralised by Sunweb who however did not lead the group at a constant pace, letting a group of eight riders come back and inviting further attacks by Jeanne Korevaar (CCC-Liv), Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans), Van Dijk, Uneken, and Longo Borghini.

Team Sunweb had to work very hard not to let any of those moves get away, but when they lined up their lead-out train at the 2km mark, the sprint looked inevitable. However, another attempt by Pieters with 1.5 km to go split the group completely, and Alison Jackson (Team Sunweb) had to close the gap to Pieters with Wiebes on her wheel.

Jackson did a long turn at the front, and Longo Borghini launched the sprint, with D'hoore reacting to her first. Wiebes launched a second later, and when they had both passed Longo Borghini and Wiebes came from behind with greater speed, D'hoore closed on the barriers to keep Wiebes behind. Though she crossed the line first, this move prompted the race jury to relegate D'hoore and give the victory to Wiebes.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 3:39:43
2Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
3Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
4Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
5Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) CCC-Liv
6Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing
7Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women
8Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women
9Alison Jackson (Can) Team Sunweb Women
10Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
11Romy Kasper (Ger) Parkhotel Valkenburg
12Lonneke Uneken (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
13Clara Copponi (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
14Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
15Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
16Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
17Jolien D`Hoore (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
18Riejanne Markus (Ned) CCC-Liv 0:00:09
19Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) CCC-Liv 0:00:14
20Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
21Franziska Koch (Ger) Team Sunweb Women 0:00:22
22Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team Sunweb Women
23Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women
24Chantal Van den Broek-Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
25Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport 0:01:35
26Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies
27Charlotte Kool (Ned) NXTG Racing
28Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
29Diana Klimova (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro
30Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies
31Céline Van Houtum (Ned) Multum Accountants-LSK Ladies
32Danique Braam (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
33Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-Sram Racing
34Femke Markus (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
35Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
36Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
37Aigul Gareeva (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro
38Soraya Paladin (Ita) CCC-Liv
39Stine Borgli (Nor) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
40Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Multum Accountants-LSK Ladies
41Minke Bakker (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
42Anouska Koster (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
43Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo Women
44Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
45Victoire Berteau (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
46Valeriya Kononenko (Ukr) Ciclotel
47Julie Leth (Den) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
48Jessica Pratt (Aus) Canyon-Sram Racing
49Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
50Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
51Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
52Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing
53Marieke Van Witzenburg (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
54Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
55Lea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
56Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
57Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
58Evy Kuijpers (Ned) CCC-Liv
59Valerie Demey (Bel) CCC-Liv
60Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
61Esther Van Veen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
62Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:01:40
63Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
64Janneke Ensing (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:01:45
65Sara Van de Vel (Bel) Ciclotel 0:05:26
66Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
67Julia Borgström (Swe) NXTG Racing
68Mylene de Zoete (Ned) NXTG Racing
69Trixi Worrack (Ger) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFHanna Johansson (Swe) Multum Accountants-LSK Ladies
DNFCathalijne Hoolwerf (Ned) NXTG Racing
DNFSarah Rijkes (Aut) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
DNFEmily Wadsworth (GBr) NXTG Racing
DNFLara Defour (Bel) Multum Accountants-LSK Ladies
DNFFranziska Brauße (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
DNFAnna Badegruber (Aut) Multum Accountants-LSK Ladies
DNFIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFSilje Mathisen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
DNFMieke Kröger (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
DNFPernille Larsen Feldmann (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
DNFChristina Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
DNFNicole Steigenga (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
DNFKirstie Van Haaften (Ned) Ciclotel
DNFAlice Sharpe (Irl) Ciclotel
DNFOlha Kulynych (Ukr) Ciclotel
DNFAudrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFMargaux Vigie (Fra) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFAlexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-Sram Racing
DNFAlana Castrique (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFNoemi Rüegg (Swi) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro
DNFIuliia Galimullina (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro
DNFGreta Richioud (Fra) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
DNFAnna Plichta (Pol) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFLucy Van der Haar (GBr) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
DNFPfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team Sunweb Women
DNFJessica Roberts (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott Women
DNFLauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFImogen Cotter (Irl) Ciclotel

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