Cromwell wins women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Tiffany Cromwell (Orica-AIS) won a two-up sprint against Megan Guarnier (Rabobank) to capture the first European race of the season. With two former winners as teammates, Cromwell was part of a three-pronged attack for Orica-AIS at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Patience paid off for the young Australian, who initiated the race winning move between the final two sections of cobbles.

"It's a fantastic team effort," said Cromwell. "Any one of us could take the win today. As always, we supported each other, and I was happy to finish off the job."

The opening hour of racing was a fairly quiet affair. The peloton first split up the Côte de Trieu.

"The race unfolded as we had expected," said Cromwell. "Usually not much happens until around the 50-kilometre mark. Until then, we are just meant to keep out of trouble and ensure we had numbers when the [cobbled] sectors start."

The peloton split into three groups following the Côte de Trieu. The groups came back together. The field split again over the Patersberg. The small groups that formed merged to create a 60-strong lead group ahead of the Edelareberg.

With all eight climbs completed and five cobbled sections yet to come, a 16-rider front group solidified. Orica-AIS was the best represented with Loes Gunnewijk, Emma Johansson and Gracie Elvin joining Cromwell in the move.

"We had representation each time the race split, but nothing was really happening despite all the action," noted Cromwell. "There was a strong headwind, and most teams weren't willing to help force the split."

Cromwell took matters into her own hands with the final pavé sector looming. "We had been using our numbers to our advantage and launching attacks that were going nowhere," said Cromwell. "Finally, I went and Megan came with me. We got a gap immediately but she wasn't working with me. I still considered it a good opportunity, so I worked - maybe a bit too much. Eventually Megan started rolling through. It was enough to hold off the chasing bunch."

Cromwell forced Guarnier to the front in the last kilometre. She came around the American to open up the sprint.

"I started sprinting with 300 metres," Cromwell said. "Megan didn't contest the sprint. I don't think she had anything left."

With a lead-out from Elvin, Johansson won the bunch sprint to take third, giving Orica-AIS two riders on the podium in Ghent. Johansson is a two-time former Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner while Cromwell earned her first Classics victory today.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica - AIS3:34:00
2Megan Guarnier (USA) Rabo Women Cycling Team0:00:03
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS0:00:12
4Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Shelley Olds (USA) Team Tibco - To The TopRow 4 - Cell 2
6Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized - LululemonRow 5 - Cell 2
7Chantal Blaak (Ned) Team Tibco - To The TopRow 6 - Cell 2
8Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AISRow 9 - Cell 2
11Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Faren - Let's Go Finland TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK0:00:16
13Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS0:00:22
14Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:04:39
15Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Cyclelive Plus - ZannataRow 14 - Cell 2
16Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Cyclelive Plus - ZannataRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jade Wilcoxson (USA) USARow 16 - Cell 2
18Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Team Futurumshop.nlRow 17 - Cell 2
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29Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Kristin Mc Grath (USA) USARow 29 - Cell 2
31Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - LululemonRow 30 - Cell 2
32Claudia Hausler (Ger) Team Tibco - To The TopRow 31 - Cell 2
33Adrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AISRow 33 - Cell 2
35Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Martine Bras (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:04:47
38Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda0:06:58
39Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:07:06
40Eun Gu Sung (Kor) Orica - AISRow 39 - Cell 2
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44Martina Thomasson (Swe) Cramo Go:GreenRow 43 - Cell 2
45Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized - LululemonRow 44 - Cell 2
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49Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle HondaRow 48 - Cell 2
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52Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Faren - Let's Go Finland TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
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55Madelene Olsson (Swe) Cramo Go:GreenRow 54 - Cell 2
56Evelyn Arys (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Katie Colclough (GBr) Specialized - LululemonRow 56 - Cell 2
58Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne FuturoscopeRow 58 - Cell 2
60Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) Team Tibco - To The TopRow 59 - Cell 2
61Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCKRow 60 - Cell 2
62Kaat Hannes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:07:13
63Rossella Ratto (Ita) Hitec Products UCKRow 62 - Cell 2
64Emma Trott (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:07:14
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DNFRebecca Talen (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
DNFEmilia Fahlin (Swe) Hitec Products UCKRow 66 - Cell 2
DNFCecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCKRow 67 - Cell 2
DNFMiriam Bjornsrud (Nor) Hitec Products UCKRow 68 - Cell 2
DNFJessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
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