Johansson wins Le Samyn des Dames

Orica-AIS's Emma Johansson claimed her first race victory of the 2014 season in Le Samyn des Dames, besting South African Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Hitec Products) and Sofie de Vuyst (Futurumshop.nl-Zannata) in the sprint finish.

It was also the first European win for Orica-AIS after a disappointing result in this weekend's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

"We were a little disappointed with our performance on Saturday," Sport Director Gene Bates said. "It was good to get second at Het Nieuwsblad but the team didn't work together as well as it could have. We had an extra emphasis on teamwork today.

"We know Emma is on good form," Bates noted. "She wanted to go for the win, so the plan was to set her up today – either in a breakaway or in a kick. The uphill finish suited her."

Johansson was equally pleased to take the win, having come second to Giant-Shimano's Amy Pieters on Saturday.

"It means a lot to the team to win races this way," said Johansson. "There was a big difference between today and the way we raced last weekend, and it shows that when we race as a team, we can win. Just coming into today, everybody was more prepared and focused. I think that was really important for us."

The 111.6km one-day race was full of attacks and counter-attacks. The first to go was Vera Koedooder (Bigla), who went solo on the first lap, but her move did not last over the top of the cobbled Côte de Montignies sur Roc. Much of the action was then concentrated in the tricky 21km circuit.

French champion Elise Delzenne (Specialized-lululemon) put in a promising solo attack on the final lap, but she was unable to withstand the pressure from the peloton.

"It's ten kilometres to the finish from the top of the cobbled hill," explained Johansson. "There were a lot of attacks after that hill on the last lap, but I felt like we had it completely under control. I still wasn't completely confident that I could win or exactly how I would do it in the end."

"I gave it a crack on the cobbled hill," Johansson added. "That split things up. My legs were burning form the effort, so I hope the legs were burning a bit for the others, too."

With 5km to go, Delzenne was caught, and although several attacks and counter-attacks were launched in the final kilometers, the group was largely intact for the finish. Moolman-Pasio launched her sprint early, but only served as an unwitting lead-out for Johansson.

"We didn't have any riders available for a proper train," said Johansson. "Everyone had done so much work, so it was up to me find my own way. No team had a lead-out. Everyone was sort of on their own."

"Ashleigh started the sprint really early," Johansson added. "She gave me quite a good lead-out. I didn't think too much. I just knew when it was the right time to go – and so I did."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS2:48:25
2Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec ProductsRow 1 - Cell 2
3Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Futurumshop.nl - ZannataRow 2 - Cell 2
4Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 4 - Cell 2
6Maura Kinsella (USA) USA National TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 6 - Cell 2
8Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec ProductsRow 7 - Cell 2
9Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle HondaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Tibco / To The TopRow 9 - Cell 2
11Latoya Brulee (Bel) Futurumshop.nl - ZannataRow 10 - Cell 2
12Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle HondaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol LadiesRow 13 - Cell 2
15Kaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - DuoRow 14 - Cell 2
16Aude Biannic (Fra) LointekRow 15 - Cell 2
17Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec ProductsRow 17 - Cell 2
19Daniela Gass (Ger) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle HondaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Futurumshop.nl - ZannataRow 20 - Cell 2
22Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Celine Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol LadiesRow 22 - Cell 2
24Esra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized - LululemonRow 24 - Cell 2
26Sarah Roy (Aus) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 25 - Cell 2
27Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Samantha Schneider (USA) Tibco / To The TopRow 27 - Cell 2
29Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec ProductsRow 28 - Cell 2
30Lauren Stephens (USA) Tibco / To The TopRow 29 - Cell 2
31Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) LointekRow 31 - Cell 2
33Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - LululemonRow 32 - Cell 2
34Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec ProductsRow 33 - Cell 2
35Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Carmen Small (USA) Specialized - LululemonRow 35 - Cell 2
37Elise Delzenne (Fra) Specialized - LululemonRow 36 - Cell 2
38Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bigla Cycling TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Annelies Dom (Bel) Futurumshop.nl - ZannataRow 38 - Cell 2
40Jessy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:10
41Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.860:00:12
42Janine Van Der Meer (Ned) Futurumshop.nl - Zannata0:00:20
43Marion Rousse (Fra) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:00:25
44Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AISRow 43 - Cell 2
45Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AISRow 44 - Cell 2
46Alexis Ryan (USA) USA National TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 46 - Cell 2
48Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:30
49Vera Koedooder (Ned) Bigla Cycling TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 49 - Cell 2
51Valerie Demey (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Claire Thomas (GBr) Velosport Pasta MontegrappaRow 52 - Cell 2
54Carlee Taylor (Aus) Orica - AISRow 53 - Cell 2
55Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Belisol LadiesRow 54 - Cell 2
56Alice Algisi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team0:00:40
59Shana Van Glabeke (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Taryn Heather (Aus) Bigla Cycling TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:02:10
62Nina Kessler (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:02:30
63Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 63 - Cell 2
65Jessie Maclean (Aus) Orica - AISRow 64 - Cell 2
66Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Brianna Walle (USA) USA National TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Fanny Riberot (Fra) LointekRow 67 - Cell 2
69Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 68 - Cell 2
70Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 69 - Cell 2
71Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - LululemonRow 70 - Cell 2
72Lauren Komanski (USA) USA National TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Dobrynina Kseniia (Rus) Astana Bepink Womens TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Anika Todd (Can) Tibco / To The TopRow 73 - Cell 2
75Kim De Baat (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Nicole Vernhout (Ned) Swaboladies.nlRow 75 - Cell 2
77Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Futurumshop.nl - ZannataRow 76 - Cell 2
78Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters MalderenRow 77 - Cell 2
79Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Belisol LadiesRow 78 - Cell 2
80Lucy Coldwell (GBr) Velosport Pasta MontegrappaRow 79 - Cell 2
81Wiranda Spoor (Ned) Jan Van ArckelRow 80 - Cell 2
82Lydia Boylan (Irl) Velosport Pasta MontegrappaRow 81 - Cell 2
83Sandra Weiss (Swi) Bigla Cycling TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Katarína Hranaiová (Cze) Bigla Cycling TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Melanie Späth (Irl) Team RytgerRow 84 - Cell 2
86Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle HondaRow 85 - Cell 2
87Natasja Nieuwenhuizen (Ned) Endura Lady ForceRow 86 - Cell 2
88Demmy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - DuoRow 87 - Cell 2
89Judith Bloem (Ned) Jan Van ArckelRow 88 - Cell 2
90Nathalie Verschelden (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Marjolein Claessen (Ned) Endura Lady ForceRow 90 - Cell 2
92Jane Barr (GBr) ScotlandRow 91 - Cell 2
93Molly Meyvisch (Bel) Lotto Belisol LadiesRow 92 - Cell 2
94Nike Berckeringh (Ned) Jan Van ArckelRow 93 - Cell 2
95Kirsten Peetoom (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - DuoRow 95 - Cell 2
97Elke Bolangier (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 97 - Cell 2
99Steffi Lodewyks (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) LointekRow 99 - Cell 2
101Liesbeth Verbiest (Bel) Mixte Team 1 Napoleon GamesRow 100 - Cell 2
102Rikke Lønne (Den) Team RytgerRow 101 - Cell 2
103Michelle Geoghegan (Irl) Endura Lady ForceRow 102 - Cell 2
104Marleen Pardon (Ned) Swaboladies.nlRow 103 - Cell 2
105Kerry Macphee (GBr) ScotlandRow 104 - Cell 2
106Lensy Debboudt (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Anna Knauer (Ger) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Amanda Miller (USA) Tibco / To The TopRow 107 - Cell 2
109Dana Lodewyks (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 109 - Cell 2
111Simona Frapporti (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
112Beatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle HondaRow 111 - Cell 2
113Karen Elzing (Ned) Jan Van ArckelRow 112 - Cell 2
114Jasmine Dotti (Ita) Velosport Pasta MontegrappaRow 113 - Cell 2
115Sofie Van Horik (Ned) Swaboladies.nlRow 114 - Cell 2

 

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