Marta Bastianelli wins Gent-Wevelgem women's race

Marta Bastianelli (Alé Cipollini) won Gent-Wevelgem in a sprint from a group of just over thirty riders after a hard-fought finale. Jolien D'hoore (Mitchelton-Scott) narrowly missed victory for the second year in a row, but takes the overall lead in the UCI Women's WorldTour. Lisa Klein (Canyon-SRAM) sprinted to third place.

The main difficulties of the 142.6-kilometre race were the three climbs of the Baneberg, Kemmelberg, and Monteberg, each being ascended twice, as well as three Plugstreet gravel sections in between the two hilly loops.

No rider could get away from the peloton for more than a few minutes on the first 50 kilometres. There were some splits on the Baneberg and the Kemmelberg, but after the Monteberg everything had come back together.

Next up where the three Plugstreets, stretches of gravel roads named for World War 1 events. Raced at high speed, the peloton split into three groups here. The lead group was up to 28 seconds ahead of the second bunch, but the three groups joined up again on the run-in to the second ascent of the Baneberg.

With under 50km to go, the final started here, as a group of six riders attacked just before the climb. They were caught immediately, but the peloton split into two groups in this chase. The two groups came back together before the Kemmelberg, and it was there, with 38km to go, that the decisive move would be made.

The top riders led up the steep cobbled slopes themselves, and after the descent a group of 16 riders had gotten clear of the next group. Most sprinters couldn't keep up with the best puncheurs - Jolien D'hoore was in the first chase group that was quickly brought back to the front by her teammate Gracie Elvin.

Chloe Hosking and Marta Bastianelli (both Alé Cipollini) were even further behind in another group of about 30 riders. Together, this group bridged to the front after a few kilometres of chasing, bringing the first peloton up to some 60 riders.

There were a couple of attacks in the following kilometres; Anouska Koster (WaowDeals) got away briefly, then Rozanne Slik (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) jumped and held a gap of up to 27 seconds through the city of Ypres, passing through the Menin Gate towards the finish in Wevelgem.

In the open landscape after Ypres, Boels Dolmans and Team Sunweb put the race in the gutter in a crosswind section and reduced the front group to 36 riders with 16km to go. In the final ten kilometres, it was again Boels Dolmans and especially Team Sunweb who took charge of the race - not to prepare the sprint, but trying to pre-empt one: Almost every rider of the two teams attacked in turn, but they also closed down each other's attacks every time.

The last to attack was Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) just before the 2-km mark, but she was reeled in by a Boels Dolmans rider, and the race would come down to a sprint. Chloe Hosking went to the front with 500 metres to go, leading out her team mate Marta Bastianelli. Jolien D'hoore opened the sprint 150 metres from the line, Bastianelli went after the Belgian champion and passed her on the last 50 metres, with Lisa Klein finishing third.

"It was a fantastic day for us, everything went as it should," said Bastianelli after the finish. "I have to thank Chloe Hosking for her great leadout, that was fundamental to winning the sprint today."

As a consolation prize, D'hoore took over the lead of the UCI Women's WorldTour classification ahead of the Tour of Flanders next Sunday, April 1.

Listen to Bastianelli speak about her victory in the latest Voxwomen video below.

Your 2018 winner of the 5th round of the @UCI_WWT, @GentWevelgem, is former road race world champion@martabasti @CipolliniTeam

 

 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale Cipollini3:41:00
2Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Mitchelton ScottRow 1 - Cell 2
3Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 2 - Cell 2
4Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 5 - Cell 2
7Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team SunwebRow 7 - Cell 2
9Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 10 - Cell 2
12Marianne Vos (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 12 - Cell 2
14Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Emilie Moberg (Nor) Team Virtu CyclingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Valerie Demey (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 15 - Cell 2
17Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 16 - Cell 2
18Rozanne Slik (Ned) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu CyclingRow 18 - Cell 2
20Anouska Koster (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:03
24Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team SunwebRow 23 - Cell 2
25Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale CipolliniRow 24 - Cell 2
26Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:07
27Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 26 - Cell 2
28Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale CipolliniRow 27 - Cell 2
29Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 29 - Cell 2
31Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Christina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu Cycling0:00:19
33Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team SunwebRow 32 - Cell 2
34Kirsten Wild (Ned) Wiggle High50:01:48
35Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 34 - Cell 2
36Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products - Birk SportRow 35 - Cell 2
37Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 36 - Cell 2
38Eva Buurman (Ned) Trek - DropsRow 37 - Cell 2
39Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar PbmRow 38 - Cell 2
40Severine Eraud (Fra) Experza-FootlogixRow 39 - Cell 2
41Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team WomenRow 40 - Cell 2
42Ganna Solovei (Ukr) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 41 - Cell 2
43Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 42 - Cell 2
44Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Btc City LjubljanaRow 43 - Cell 2
45Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 44 - Cell 2
46Anastasiia Iakovenko (Rus) Btc City LjubljanaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Daniela Reis (Por) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women CyclingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Lara Vieceli (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 48 - Cell 2
50Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Btc City LjubljanaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Eugénie Duval (Fra) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 50 - Cell 2
52Riejanne Markus (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 52 - Cell 2
54Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PbmRow 53 - Cell 2
55Ingrid Drexel Clouthier (Mex) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 54 - Cell 2
56Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 55 - Cell 2
57Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:01:52
58Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products - Birk SportRow 57 - Cell 2
59Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 58 - Cell 2
60Janneke Ensing (Ned) Ale CipolliniRow 59 - Cell 2
61Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle High5Row 60 - Cell 2
62Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale CipolliniRow 61 - Cell 2
63Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton ScottRow 62 - Cell 2
64Demi De Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 63 - Cell 2
65Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia VaianoRow 66 - Cell 2
68Sofia Beggin (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb0:01:56
70Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 69 - Cell 2
71Nina Kessler (Ned) Hitec Products - Birk Sport0:02:03
72Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High50:03:39
73Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5Row 72 - Cell 2
74Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Trek - DropsRow 73 - Cell 2
75Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek - DropsRow 74 - Cell 2
76Nina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 75 - Cell 2
77Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 77 - Cell 2
79Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 79 - Cell 2
81Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar PbmRow 80 - Cell 2
82Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Experza-FootlogixRow 81 - Cell 2
83Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Bizkaia Durango - Euskadi MuriasRow 82 - Cell 2
84Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 83 - Cell 2
85Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women CyclingRow 84 - Cell 2
86Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFSara Penton (Swe) Team Virtu CyclingRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFMieke Kröger (Ger) Team Virtu CyclingRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFTetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women CyclingRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFSarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women CyclingRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFMarta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar PbmRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFKelly Druyts (Bel) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women CyclingRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFChiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar PbmRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PbmRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFPascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women CyclingRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFMonique Van De Ree (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFJulie Van De Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFAlexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFAlice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFTrixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFHolly Breck (USA) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFLine Marie Gulliksen (Nor) Hitec Products - Birk SportRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFVita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products - Birk SportRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFSusanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products - Birk SportRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFMarta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFRoxane Fournier (Fra) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFUrska Pintar (Slo) Btc City LjubljanaRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFOlena Pavlukhina (Aze) Btc City LjubljanaRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFMartina Alzini (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFJulia Soek (Ned) Team SunwebRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFJessy Druyts (Bel) Experza-FootlogixRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFElizabeth Holden (GBr) Trek - DropsRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFAbigail Van Twisk (GBr) Trek - DropsRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFKendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFShannon Malseed (Aus) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFEmma Grant (GBr) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFClara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFBrodie Chapman (Aus)Row 117 - Cell 2
DNFIlona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFChanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFEmma Cecilie Norsgaard Jørgensen (Den) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFBelle De Gast (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFLourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFLucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5Row 123 - Cell 2
DNFThalita De Jong (Ned) Experza-FootlogixRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFLija Laizane (Lat) Aromitalia VaianoRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFSusanna Zorzi (Ita) Experza-FootlogixRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFJulie Leth (Den) Wiggle High5Row 127 - Cell 2
DNFLucy Shaw (GBr) Trek - DropsRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFMichela Balducci (Ita) Aromitalia VaianoRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFAngelica Brogi (Ita) Aromitalia VaianoRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFAmalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFLisa De Ranieri (Ita) Aromitalia VaianoRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFMarjolein Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFSara Mustonen Lichan (Swe) Experza-FootlogixRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFSandra Alonso (Spa) Bizkaia Durango - Euskadi MuriasRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFHenrietta Colborne (GBr) Bizkaia Durango - Euskadi MuriasRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFAne Iriarte Lasa (Spa) Bizkaia Durango - Euskadi MuriasRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFLierni Lekuona Etxebeste (Spa) Bizkaia Durango - Euskadi MuriasRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFHeidi Dalton (RSA) Aromitalia VaianoRow 139 - Cell 2
DNSJelena Erić (Srb) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 140 - Cell 2

 

2018 Women's WorldTour ranking after Gent-Wevelgem - Brief results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Mitchelton Scott Women380pts
2Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM Racing350Row 1 - Cell 3
3Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale Cipollini350Row 2 - Cell 3
4Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam290Row 3 - Cell 3
5Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini280Row 4 - Cell 3
6Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam253Row 5 - Cell 3
7Marianne Vos (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team235Row 6 - Cell 3
8Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam205Row 7 - Cell 3
9Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team185Row 8 - Cell 3
10Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5160Row 9 - Cell 3

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