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Lorena Wiebes wins first Scheldeprijs Women

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Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) wins the first women's Scheldeprijs

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Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) wins the first women's Scheldeprijs

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Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) wins the first women's Scheldeprijs

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Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM)

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Scheldeprijs Women 2021

Daniek Hengeveld (GT Krush Tunap) Scheldeprijs Women 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Teniel Campbell at Scheldeprijs Women 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) won the first edition of the women’s Scheldeprijs, using her aggression and fast finish to win the sprint.

Wiebes started her sprint at roughly 300 metres and edged clear to beat Emma Norsgaard (Movistar) and Elisa Balsamo (Valcar Travel & Service) in Schoten.

“Today was very chaotic but it was a nice race,” Wiebes said after celebrating with her Team DSM teammates. 

“There was wind in some parts but not enough to really make a difference. In the end, the sprint was also chaotic but it is nice to win this race.”

The peloton swept up the day’s solo breakaway rider Daniek Hengeveld (GT Krush Tunap) inside the last 10km, and then kept late-race attacker Letizia Borghesi (Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano) under control until setting up for the inevitable final sprint.

Teniel Campbell (Team BikeExchange) took the lead and set a fast pace through the final kilometres of the race, but she was taken over by Movistar’s lead-out with one kilometre to go. 

Sarah Roy (Team BikeExchange) appeared to have started her sprint too early, as did Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT), only to be passed by Wiebes, Norsgaard and Balsamo, along with Emilie Moberg (Drops) and Lisa Klein (Canyon-SRAM) before the line.

How it unfolded

Flanders Classics launched the first edition of the women’s Scheldeprijs with a 136.2km race that started and finished in Schoten. The field completed one large loop of 75km before tackling three local finishing circuits that included a cobbled sector.

A group of 16 riders got away from the peloton early in the race that included Teniel Campbell (Team BikeExchange), Amalie Dideriksen (Trek-Segafredo), Alice Barnes and Lisa Klein (Canyon-SRAM), Maike van der Duin (Drops), Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT) and Femke Markus (Parkhotel Valkenburg).

The split didn’t last long and the field was back together. However the first of several crashes took down Kelly Van den Steen (Bingoal Casino), Esmee Peperkamp (Team DSM) and Nora Jencusova (Bepink), causing the field to briefly separate into two groups. 

A second crash brought down Letizia Paternoster (Trek-Segafredo), Emanuela Zanetti (Isolmant), Spela Kern (Massi- Tactic), Marion Norbert (Rupel Cleaning), Alicia Gonzalez (Movistar), and Arlenis Sierra (AR Monex), and that was followed by another that resulted in Barnes and Georgia Danford (Andy Schlek-CP NVST) chasing to get back into the field.

Upon reaching the entrance to the local circuits at the 75km mark, Daniek Hengeveld (GT Krush Tunap) launched a solo move and gained 30 seconds on the field. She powered around the first lap and by the time she reached the start of the second circuit (35km to go), she had more than one minute in hand.

Trek-Segafredo set the chase from behind with Paternoster appearing to be working for Dideriksen, while other teams Valvar Travel&Service, Canyon-SRAM, AR Monex, Team DSM, Team BikeExchange and Ceratizit-WNT, all with strong sprinters, organised themselves at the front of the field.

The peloton slashed Hengeveld’s gap in half on the third and final circuit and with 17km to go she had just 30 seconds. Valcar Travel&Service appeared to have some trouble in the field as several riders stopped to assist sprinter Elisa Balsamo.

The peloton swept up Hengeveld inside the final 10km, just as Letizia Borghesi (Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano) launched a flyer. But she never gained more than a few seconds on a field intent to see a bunch sprint play out in Schoten.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Team DSM 3:26:49
2Emma Norsgaard (Den) Movistar Team Women
3Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
4Emilie Moberg (Nor) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
5Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing
6Arlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cub) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
7Sarah Roy (Aus) Team BikeExchange
8Sandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
9Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
10Charlotte Kool (Ned) NXTG Racing
11Femke Markus (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
12Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
13Silvia Zanardi (Ita) BePink
14Maike Van der Duin (Ned) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
15Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Team BikeExchange
16Amalie Lutro (Nor) Hitec Products
17Mariia Novolodskaia (Rus) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
18Céline van Houtum (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
19Minke Bakker (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
20Clara Lundmark (Swe) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling
21Marta Lach (Pol) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
22April Tacey (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
23Martina Fidanza (Ita) Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria
24Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
25Mylene de Zoete (Ned) NXTG Racing
26Claudia Jongerius (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
27Daniela Campos (Por) Bizkaia-Durango
28Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
29Natalie van Gogh (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
30Michaela Drummond (NZl) BePink
31Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
32Olivija Baleisyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
33Nienke Wasmus (Ned) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling
34Margarita Lopez Llull (Spa) LVIV Cycling Team
35Quinty Ton (Ned) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling
36Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
37Anne Dorthe Ysland (Nor) Hitec Products
38Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
39Gladys Verhulst (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
40Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing
41Fien Delbaere (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
42Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies
43Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team DSM
44Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
45Claire Faber (Lux) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
46Elise Vander Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
47Bryony van Velzen (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
48Belle de Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
49Aniek van Alphen (Ned) Ciclismo Mundial
50Elise Marie Olsen (Nor) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
51Wilma Olausson (Swe) Team DSM
52Sara Martin Martin (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:00:07
53Inga Cesuliene (Ltu) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
54Greta Richioud (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
55Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Team BikeExchange
56Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:10
57Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team DSM
58Sofie Van Rooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
59Julie De Wilde (Bel) Ciclismo Mundial
60Emma Boogaard (Ned) Team Coop-Hitec Products
61Neve Bradbury (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing
62Fien Van Eynde (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
63Sara Van De Vel (Bel) Team Rupelcleaning-Champion Lubricants
64Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
65Alice Sharpe (Irl) Team Rupelcleaning-Champion Lubricants
66Marijke De Smedt (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
67Vita Heine (Nor) Massi Tactic Women Team
68Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
69Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:00:14
70Nora Jencusová (Svk) BePink
71Matilde Vitillo (Ita) BePink
72Cedrine Kerbaol (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
73Aline Seitz (Swi) Team Rupelcleaning-Champion Lubricants
74Lucy Mayrhofer (Ger) Team Rupelcleaning-Champion Lubricants
75Georgia Danford (NZl) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
76Marion Norbert Riberolle (Fra) Team Rupelcleaning - Champion Lubricants
77Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
78Daniek Hengeveld (Ned) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling
79Lea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
80Esmée Peperkamp (Ned) Team DSM
81Julia Soek (Ned) Team DSM
82Shirin van Anrooij (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
83Francesca Pisciali (Ita) Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria
84Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women
85Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women
86Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
87Rosalie van der Wolf (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
88Kelly Druyts (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
89Emily Wadsworth (GBr) NXTG Racing
90Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
91Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women
92Marthe Truyen (Bel) Ciclismo Mundial
93Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
94Alice Gasparini (Ita) Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria 0:00:21
95Britt Knaven (Bel) NXTG Racing 0:00:31
96Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:34
97Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
98Laura Süßemilch (Ger) Ciclismo Mundial
99Christina Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
100Teniel Campbell (TTo) Team BikeExchange 0:00:39
101Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:43
102Svenja Betz (Ger) Team Rupelcleaning-Champion Lubricants 0:01:01
103Bronwyn Macgregor (NZl) LVIV Cycling Team 0:01:03
104Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:01:07
105Janneke Ensing (Ned) Team BikeExchange 0:01:24
106Sanne Cant (Bel) Ciclismo Mundial 0:01:37
107Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango 0:02:30
108Finja Smekal (Ger) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur 0:02:40
109Marketa Hájková (Cze) BePink
110Typhaine Laurance (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
111Dina Scavone (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
DNFDésirée Ehrler (Swi) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
DNFEmanuela Zanetti (Ita) Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria
DNFRylee McMullen (NZl) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
DNFMelissa Van Neck (Cze) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling
DNFLena Mettraux (Swi) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
DNFStella Nightingale (NZl) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
DNFMelanie Klement (Ned) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling
DNFMariia Miliaeva (Rus) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
DNFCharlotte Becker (Ger) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
DNFLizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
DNFGiada Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
DNFElizabeth Holden (GBr) Bizkaia-Durango
DNFKathrin Hammes (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFJade Teolis (Fra) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
DNFPauline Allin (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
DNFCamilla Alessio (Ita) BePink
DNFAlice Towers (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
DNFGemma Sernissi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
DNFRasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
DNFMaaike Coljé (Ned) Massi Tactic Women Team
DNFNadine Michaela Gill (Ger) Bizkaia-Durango
DNFMaud Rijnbeek (Ned) NXTG Racing
DNFMari Hole Mohr (Nor) Hitec Products
DNFVittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFIurani Blanco Calbet (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
DNFUrska Zigart (Slo) Team BikeExchange
DNFNathalie Bex (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
DNFFemke Gerritse (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFAlana Castrique (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFCaren Commissaris (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
DNFRozemarijn Ammerlaan (Ned) NXTG Racing
DNFGanna Solovei (Ukr) LVIV Cycling Team
DNFNaomi De Roeck (Bel) LVIV Cycling Team
DNFAnna Nahirna (Ukr) LVIV Cycling Team
DNFLieke Nooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFOlena Sharga (Ukr) LVIV Cycling Team
DNFManon Bakker (Ned) Ciclismo Mundial
DNFAlba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women
DNFMireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
DNFAgua Marina Espinola Salinas (Par) Massi Tactic Women Team
DNFSpela Kern (Slo) Massi Tactic Women Team
DNSAnastasiia Chursina (Rus) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
DNSLone Meertens (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNSAnna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
DNSAlessia Patuelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
DNSMarta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
DNSAlexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM Racing
Kirsten Frattini

Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.

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