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Van Dijk wins Dwars door Vlaanderen

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Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb) wins Dwars door Vlaanderen

Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb) wins Dwars door Vlaanderen (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Sunweb teammates Ellen van Dijk and Floortje Mackaij open the champagne

Sunweb teammates Ellen van Dijk and Floortje Mackaij open the champagne (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The peloton heads out for Dwars door Vlaanderen

The peloton heads out for Dwars door Vlaanderen (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Champagne time on the podium

Champagne time on the podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Sunweb teammates Ellen van Dijk and Floortje Mackaij on the podium

Sunweb teammates Ellen van Dijk and Floortje Mackaij on the podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Trixi Worrack (Canyon-SRAM)

Trixi Worrack (Canyon-SRAM) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Chloe Hosking, in fluo, crosses in 11th place

Chloe Hosking, in fluo, crosses in 11th place (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans) takes second

Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans) takes second (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Annemiek van Vleuten crosses in fifth with the first chase group

Annemiek van Vleuten crosses in fifth with the first chase group (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Sarah Roy crosses the line

Sarah Roy crosses the line (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Elena Cecchini of Canyon-SRAM

Elena Cecchini of Canyon-SRAM (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Sunweb team ahead of Dwars door Vlaanderen

The Sunweb team ahead of Dwars door Vlaanderen (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Ale Cipollini team ahead of Dwars door Vlaanderen

The Ale Cipollini team ahead of Dwars door Vlaanderen (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ellen van Dijk with her pony after winnning Dwars door Vlaanderen

Ellen van Dijk with her pony after winnning Dwars door Vlaanderen (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ellen van Dijk takes a swig of champagne

Ellen van Dijk takes a swig of champagne (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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There were several crashes during the women's Dwars door Vlaanderen

There were several crashes during the women's Dwars door Vlaanderen (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb) gets some assistance

Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb) gets some assistance (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jolien d'Hoore (Mitchelton-Scott) suffered a puncture

Jolien d'Hoore (Mitchelton-Scott) suffered a puncture (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The series of climbs split the peloton

The series of climbs split the peloton (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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It was a wet and cold Dwars door Vlaanderen

It was a wet and cold Dwars door Vlaanderen (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Dwars door Vlaanderen peloton

The Dwars door Vlaanderen peloton (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) used her time trial skills to get away

Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) used her time trial skills to get away (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The race is lined out in the gutter

The race is lined out in the gutter (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) accelerates on the cobbles

Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) accelerates on the cobbles (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Dwars door Vlaanderen podium (l-r): Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans), Ellen van Dijk and Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb)

The Dwars door Vlaanderen podium (l-r): Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans), Ellen van Dijk and Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) wins Dwars door Vlaanderen

Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) wins Dwars door Vlaanderen (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb)

Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb)

Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb)

Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ellen Van Dijk (Sunweb) wins Dwars door Vlaanderen

Ellen Van Dijk (Sunweb) wins Dwars door Vlaanderen (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Van Dijk leads the decisive attack of the race

Van Dijk leads the decisive attack of the race (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Annemiek Van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) suffers in the rain

Annemiek Van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) suffers in the rain (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM)

Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The race was a real battle of survival

The race was a real battle of survival (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The attack of the race emerged on the Knoteberg climb after 84km of racing

The attack of the race emerged on the Knoteberg climb after 84km of racing (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) on the front

Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) on the front (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The rain and cold made Dwars door Vlaanderen a battle of survival

The rain and cold made Dwars door Vlaanderen a battle of survival (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) makes her move

Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) makes her move (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans)

Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM)

Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb)

Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Everyone suffered during the 118km race

Everyone suffered during the 118km race (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) won the women's Dwars door Vlaanderen thanks to a powerful solo attack in the final seven kilometres of the rain-soaked race.

She gradually opened a gap on a group of riders that had emerged on the Knoteberg climb after 84km of racing. They struggled to respond to her time trialling skills and van Dijk won alone.

Three-time winner Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans) won the sprint for second place ahead of Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb).

The mid-week, semi-classic was positioned between two Women's WorldTour races; Gent-Wevelgem, won by Marta Bastianelli on March 25, and Tour of Flanders on April 1, which offered a good test for the riders looking for success in Oudenaarde.

The women raced 117.9km starting in Tielt and finishing in Waregem. The parcours was mainly flat in the first half but hit the bergs mid-race with Kluisberg, Knokteberg, Vossenhol and Nokereberg climbs, and the cobblestoned roads Holstraat and Herlegemstraat.

Van Dijk was in a late-race lead group that included Pieters and Mackaij, along with Eugenia Bujak, Annemiek Van Vleuten, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Kasia Niewiadoma. They held a 20-second lead over the field in the closing kilometres.

Van Dijk made her signature late-race attack out of that group and built a lead of 10 seconds with five kilometres to go, leaving the chasers scrambling to close the gap before the finish line in Waregem. Pieters, who won the event from 2014-2016 before the event gained UCI status, sprinted for second place.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women3:30:24
2Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:55
3Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women
4Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
5Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton Scott Women
6Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
7Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women
8Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM Racing
9Susanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:01:47
10Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
11Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini
12Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
13Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM Racing
14Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
15Skylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
16Maaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City Ljubljana
17Sheyla Gutierrez (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling
18Martina Alzini (Ita) Astana Women's Team
19Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women
20Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM
21Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
22Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling
23Stine Borgli (Nor) Autoglas Wetteren
24Henrietta Colborne (GBr) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias
25Mieke Kröger (Ger) Team Virtu Cycling
26Marjolein van 'T Geloof (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
27Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
28Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women
29Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing
30Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5
31Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing
32Marie Vilmann (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
33Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing
34Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
35Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
36Alba Teruel (Spa) Movistar Team Women
37Gloria Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team Women
38Lucia Gonzalez (Spa) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias
39Kaat Hannes (Bel) Jos Feron Lady Force
40Sofia Beggin (Ita) Astana Women's Team
41Elise Maes (Lux) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team
42Claudia Koster (Ned) Team Virtu Cycling
43Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
44Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale Cipollini
45Anastasiia Iakovenko (Rus) BTC City Ljubljana
46Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing
47Sara Mustonen Lichan (Swe) Experza-Footlogix
48Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling
49Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
51Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
52Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
53Margarita Victoria Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team Women
54Charlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
55Ruth Winder (USA) Team Sunweb Women
56Valerie Demey (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
57Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Experza-Footlogix
58Julie Leth (Den) Wiggle High5
59Anne De Ruiter (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
60Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Wiggle High5
61Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale Cipollini
62Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women0:02:02
63Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women
64Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Mitchelton Scott Women
65Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women
66Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women0:02:23
67Alessia Vigilia (Ita) Valcar PBM
68Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women
69Jip van den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:03:18
70Ganna Solovei (Ukr) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:03:50
71Marieke van Witzenburg (Ned) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team
72Line Marie Gulliksen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
73Fien Delbaere (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren0:03:52
74Nathalie Bex (Bel) Experza-Footlogix
75Thalita De Jong (Ned) Experza-Footlogix
76Sara Penton (Swe) Team Virtu Cycling
77Nancy Van Der Burg (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
78Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
79Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team
80Lone Meertens (Bel) Keukens Redant
81Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini
82Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
83Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
84Bryony van Velzen (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
85Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar PBM
86Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu Cycling
87Daria Pikulik (Pol) BCM Nowatex Ziemia Darlowska
88Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana
89Quinty van de Guchte (Ned) Isorex0:03:56
90Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies
91Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb Women
92Emma Norsgaard (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:03:59
93Christina Perchtold (Aut) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team0:04:22
94Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Health Mate-CycleLive Team0:05:08
95Malin Eriksen (Nor) Keukens Redant0:07:10
96Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar PBM0:07:13
97Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling
98Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) WNT Rotor
99Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
100Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM
101Kirsten Peetoom (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force
DNFAnisha Vekemans (Bel) Ale Cipollini
DNFLorena Llamas Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team Women
DNFNatalie Grinczer (GBr) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team
DNFMeike Uiterwijk Winkel (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFHolly Breck (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling
DNFBrenda Goessens (Bel) Keukens Redant
DNFOlena Pavlukhina (Aze) BTC City Ljubljana
DNFLea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team
DNFBirgitte Ravndal (Nor) Keukens Redant
DNFVibeke Dybwad (Nor) Keukens Redant
DNFRozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFRomy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipollini
DNFSandra Alonso (Spa) Bizkaia Durango - Euskadi Murias
DNFEvelien Debboudt (Bel) Keukens Redant
DNFAndrea Terjesen (Nor) Isorex NoAqua Ladies Team
DNFCaroline Thorvik Olsen (Nor) Jos Feron Lady Force
DNFMie Bjørndal Ottestad (Nor) De Sprinters Malderen
DNFCorinna Lechner (Ger) BTC City Ljubljana
DNFAnna Plichta (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
DNFAntonia Gröndahl (Fin) Isorex NoAqua Ladies Team
DNFChloë Turblin (Fra) Health Mate - Cyclelive Team
DNFSarah Ten Hartog (Bel) Equano-Wase Zon Cycling Team
DNFGaia Tortolina (Ita) Equano-Wase Zon Cycling Team
DNFChristina Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate - Cyclelive Team
DNFTetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport UCI Women Cycling
DNFAnna Badegruber (Aut) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team
DNFNaïka Deneef (Bel) Equano-Wase Zon Cycling Team
DNFMarjon Claus (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen
DNFYva Geluk (Ned) Equano-Wase Zon Cycling Team
DNFDemmy Druyts (Bel) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport UCI Women Cycling
DNFLorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFMartine Fon (Nor) Equano-Wase Zon Cycling Team
DNFSusanna Zorzi (Ita) Experza-Footlogix
DNFAafke Soet (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team
DNFAgnieszka Skalniak (Pol) Experza-Footlogix
DNFTerry Fremineur (Bel) Terry Fremineur
DNFSilvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar PBM
DNFEmmy Andersson (Swe) De Sprinters Malderen
DNFKelly Kalm (Est) Isorex NoAqua Ladies Team
DNFSenna Feron (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force
DNFGrace Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5
DNFAgata Sredzinska (Pol) BCM Nowatex Ziemia Darlowska
DNFMarit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFVania Canvelli (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNFKerry Jonker (Aus) Isorex NoAqua Ladies Team
DNFFrancesca Pisciali (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNFAnnelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFBeatrice Rossato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNFSara Mariotto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNFAlexandra Nessmar (Swe) Jos Feron Lady Force
DNFWiktoria Pikulik (Pol) BCM Nowatex Ziemia Darlowska
DNFAleksandra Kowalska (Pol) BCM Nowatex Ziemia Darlowska
DNFMarta Jaskulska (Pol) BCM Nowatex Ziemia Darlowska
DNFWiktoria Kierat (Pol) BCM Nowatex Ziemia Darlowska
DNFChiara Perini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNFJeydy Pradera Bernal (Cub) Astana Women's Team
DNFGilke Croket (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen
DNFLynn Marien (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen
DNFLara Defour (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team
DNFCarolien Haers (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team
DNFAne Iriarte Lasa (Spa) Bizkaia Durango - Euskadi Murias
DNFKim Johanna Kohlmeyer (Ger) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team
DNFMargot Dutour (Fra) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team
DNFSofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's Team
DNFKarolina Perekitko (Pol) De Sprinters Malderen
DNFArlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team
DNFLara Vieceli (Ita) Astana Women's Team
DNFKeira McVtty (GBr) Isorex NoAqua Ladies Team
DNFLierni Lekuona Etxebeste (Spa) Bizkaia Durango - Euskadi Murias
DNFDemi De Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFNathalie Verschelden (Bel) Jos Feron Lady Force
DNSLisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle High5
DNSJelena Eric (Srb) Cylance Pro Cycling
DNSChristina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu Cycling

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