Kirsten Wild wins Gent-Wevelgem women's race

Kirsten Wild (WNT-Rotor) won the women's Gent-Wevelgem in a mass sprint. Up-and-coming Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) took second place, Letizia Paternoster (Trek-Segafredo) was third. Fourth-placed Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling) defendes her lead in the UCI Women's WorldTour, Wiebes now leads the youth ranking.

Starting in Ypres and finishing in Wevelgem, the race covered 136.9 km. The main difficulties were the Baneberg, Kemmelberg, and Monteberg, each of which had to be climbed twice, with two "Plugstreet" gravel sections in between. Another difficulty was the wind, blowing hard from a northeasterly direction.

The first hour of racing was very fast with a 43 km/h average. There were no breakaways, but several riders were taken out by crashes. The pace over the Baneberg and the cobbled Kemmelberg as well as the descent from the Kemmelberg strung out the peloton. 77 km from the finish, Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) tried a first attack on the Monteberg that was quickly neutralised.

The big teams took charge on the gravel Plugstreets. A high pace set by Boels Dolmans, Team Sunweb, and CCC-Liv caused splits in the peloton, but the dropped riders could come back on afterwards. Anna Trevisi (Alé Cipollini) made two attempts at a solo breakaway; when she had been reeled in, her teammate Romy Kasper tried her luck. The German held a 21-second gap over the Baneberg, but Mitchelton-Scott brought her back with 42 km to go, shortly before the second ascent of the Kemmelberg.

Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) led the peloton onto the steep cobbles, then Marta Bastianelli and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) took over at the front. At the top, Bastianelli and Niewiadoma had a small gap to the rest, and the peloton fractured in the technical descent.

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) and Demi Vollering (Parkhotel Valkenburg) brought a group of about 30 riders up to the front duo just before the Monteberg where Moolman-Pasio put in an attack but did not get away.

Just over 30 km remained after the Monteberg. Sofia Bertizzolo (Team Virtu Cycling) went on a solo attack, with Daniela Reis (Doltcini-Van Eyck) and Elizabeth Holden (Drops) trying to bridge to her. 26 km from the finish, Bertizzolo and Reis held an advantage of 27 seconds while Holden was back in the peloton that had grown to more than 50 riders.

Bertizzolo and Reis still had a small gap going through Ypres but were caught with 22 km to go. Team Sunweb tried to put the race in the gutter and form echelons on the stretch towards Wevelgem, but the wind did not come from the perfect direction for this.

Instead, the headwind meant that while there was no shortage of attacks in the final 20 kilometres, nobody could really get away. The most promising move came from Sarah Roy (Mitchelton), Jip van den Bos (Boels Dolmans), and Demi de Jong (Lotto Soudal Ladies) who held onto a small gap for several kilometres before being caught 5 km from the line.

Trek-Segafredo's Lotta Lepistö led the peloton onto the finishing straight with her teammate Letizia Paternoster on her wheel and Bastianelli, Kirsten Wild, and Lorena Wiebes behind the young Italian. Wild launched her sprint with 200 metres to go and held off all challengers to win half a bikelength ahead of Wiebes, with Paternoster just beating Bastianelli for third place.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling Team3:33:34
2Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 1 - Cell 2
3Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 2 - Cell 2
4Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 3 - Cell 2
5Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 5 - Cell 2
7Michela Balducci (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 6 - Cell 2
8Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon / /Sram RacingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport Uci Women CyclingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Sara Mustonen (Swe) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Marianne Vos (Ned) Ccc-LivRow 12 - Cell 2
14Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-SegafredoRow 14 - Cell 2
16Nina Kessler (Ned) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 15 - Cell 2
17Henrietta Colborne (GBr) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 16 - Cell 2
18Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Roxane Fournier (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 18 - Cell 2
20Julie Leth (Den) BiglaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale CipolliniRow 20 - Cell 2
22Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport Uci Women CyclingRow 21 - Cell 2
23Coryn Rivera (USA) Team SunwebRow 22 - Cell 2
24Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team SunwebRow 23 - Cell 2
25Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 24 - Cell 2
26Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 25 - Cell 2
27Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Ccc-LivRow 27 - Cell 2
29Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BiglaRow 28 - Cell 2
30Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 29 - Cell 2
31Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon / /Sram RacingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Btc City LjubljanaRow 31 - Cell 2
33Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 32 - Cell 2
34Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 33 - Cell 2
35Demi Vollering (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 34 - Cell 2
36Demi De Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 35 - Cell 2
37Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 36 - Cell 2
38Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 37 - Cell 2
39Carmela Cipriani (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 38 - Cell 2
40Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 39 - Cell 2
41Elizabeth Holden (GBr) DropsRow 40 - Cell 2
42Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 42 - Cell 2
44Daniela Reis (Por) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport Uci Women CyclingRow 43 - Cell 2
45Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) DropsRow 44 - Cell 2
46Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Btc City LjubljanaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 46 - Cell 2
48Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 48 - Cell 2
50Elena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Mitchelton ScottRow 50 - Cell 2
52Anouska Koster (Ned) Team Virtu CyclingRow 51 - Cell 2
53Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team SunwebRow 52 - Cell 2
54Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) BiglaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 54 - Cell 2
56Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 55 - Cell 2
57Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Skylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 58 - Cell 2
60Eugénie Duval (Fra) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 59 - Cell 2
61Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 60 - Cell 2
62Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 61 - Cell 2
63Lara Vieceli (Ita) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale CipolliniRow 63 - Cell 2
65Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 64 - Cell 2
66Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 65 - Cell 2
67Sofia Beggin (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 66 - Cell 2
68Charlotte Becker (Ger) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 67 - Cell 2
69Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team SunwebRow 68 - Cell 2
70Leah Thomas (USA) BiglaRow 69 - Cell 2
71Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Ccc-LivRow 74 - Cell 2
76Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 75 - Cell 2
77Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 76 - Cell 2
78Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon / /Sram RacingRow 77 - Cell 2
79Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 78 - Cell 2
80Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 79 - Cell 2
81Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Ccc-LivRow 80 - Cell 2
82Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 81 - Cell 2
83Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 82 - Cell 2
84Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon / /Sram RacingRow 83 - Cell 2
85Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon / /Sram RacingRow 84 - Cell 2
86Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 85 - Cell 2
87Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon / /Sram RacingRow 86 - Cell 2
88Lonneke Uneken (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:02:50
89Christina Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Nina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:04:02
91Severine Eraud (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling0:05:53
92Claudia Koster (Ned) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:05:59
94Sophie Wright (GBr) BiglaRow 93 - Cell 2
95Anna Christian (GBr) DropsRow 94 - Cell 2
96Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipollini0:13:30
97Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 98 - Cell 2
100Trixi Worrack (Ger) Trek-SegafredoRow 99 - Cell 2
101Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFHannah Payton (GBr) DropsRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFLucy Shaw (GBr) DropsRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFGrace Anderson (NZl) DropsRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFHayley Simmonds (GBr) Btc City LjubljanaRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFSaartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport Uci Women CyclingRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFValerie Demey (Bel) Ccc-LivRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFAnastasiia Chursina (Rus) Btc City LjubljanaRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFBryony Van Velzen (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport Uci Women CyclingRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFUrska Pintar (Slo) Btc City LjubljanaRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFMarta Lach (Pol) Ccc-LivRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFOlga Shekel (Ukr) Astana Women's TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFJulia Soek (Ned) Team SunwebRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFMieke Kröger (Ger) Team Virtu CyclingRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFChristina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu CyclingRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFDanielle Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFAlana Castrique (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFSilvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFMarie Soleil Blais (Can) Astana Women's TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFLauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-SegafredoRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFMakhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Astana Women's TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFTeuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFMerel Hofman (Ned) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFQuinty Ton (Ned) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFNienke Wasmus (Ned) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFMikayla Harvey (NZl) BiglaRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFGiulia Marchesini (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFChanella Stougje (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFLara Defour (Bel) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFKirstie Van Haaften (Ned) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFZsófia Szabó (Hun) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFLucy Garner (GBr) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFIngvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFGabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFJulie Solvang (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFGreta Richioud (Fra) Fdj Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFJessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFMalgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team WomenRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFGloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFPernille Mathiesen (Den) Team SunwebRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFKendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFLauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFVita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 142 - Cell 2
DNSMonique Van De Ree (Ned) Btc City LjubljanaRow 143 - Cell 2

 

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