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Lauren Hall attacks to claim Women's Gent-Wevelgem victory

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Lauren Hall celebrates victory

Lauren Hall celebrates victory
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The 2014 podium of Janneke Ensing (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team)

The 2014 podium of Janneke Ensing (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team)
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Lauren Hall (USA) gives the crowd a good spray

Lauren Hall (USA) gives the crowd a good spray
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Lauren Hall wins the 2014 Gent-Wevelgem Women's race

Lauren Hall wins the 2014 Gent-Wevelgem Women's race
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Liesbet De Vocht (Lotto Belisol) was sixth

Liesbet De Vocht (Lotto Belisol) was sixth
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A happy Lauren Hall post-win

A happy Lauren Hall post-win
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Champagne for the podium

Champagne for the podium
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The podium on display

The podium on display
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Lauren Hall (USA) wasn't racing for her trade team, Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies

Lauren Hall (USA) wasn't racing for her trade team, Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
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The sprint for second place

The sprint for second place
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The podium of Janneke Ensing (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team), Lauren Hall (USA) and Vera Koedooder (Bigla)

The podium of Janneke Ensing (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team), Lauren Hall (USA) and Vera Koedooder (Bigla)
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The third edition of Gent-Wevelgem Women was won by 35-year-old American Lauren Hall (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) as she attacked her breakaway companion to record a one second one ahead Janneke Ensing (Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team) and Vera Koedooder (Bigla).

In the final kilometre the trio escaped from a leading group of eight in the winning move while Sofie De Vuyst sprinted to fourth place (Futurumshop.nl-Zannata). 

For the first time in the race's short history, the race went up the  Kemmel and Monteberg twice and it was on the second ascent of the Monteberg, 35km from the finish, that a selection was made of 27 riders. Lotto Belisol's Liesbet De Vocht accelerated again almost immediately to force another break and was joined by seven riders: Hall, Sensing, Koedooder, De Vuyst, Claire Thomas, Anouska Koster and Roxane Knetemann.

The eight riders worked together to stay away and had quickly built a lead of one minute back to the bunch. Then in the final kilometre as riders started to play their cards, Koedooder and Hall jumped clear and in the sprint, Hall was the fastest or the two. Hall now adds her name alongside Elizabeth Armitstead and Kirsten Wild as winners of the race.

 Result

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lauren Hall (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)3:02:57
2Janneke Ensing (Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team)0:00:01
3Vera Koedooder (Bigla Cycling Team)
4Sofie De Vuyst (Futurumshop.nl-Zannata)0:00:06
5Roxane Knetemann (Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team)
6Anouska Koster (Futurumshop.nl-Zannata)
7Liesbet De Vocht (Lotto Belisol Ladies)
8Claire Thomas
9Kirsten Wild Team Giant-Shimano)0:01:42
10Nina Kessler (Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team)

 

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