De Boer wins women's Soudal Classics

Sophie de Boer pushing her bike

Sophie de Boer pushing her bike (Image credit: Bert Geerts/

Sophie De Boer (Kalas-NNOF) won the Soudal Classics elite women's race in a sprint finish against runner-up Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) on Sunday. Ellen Van Loy (VZW Telenet Fidea) took third place at 18 seconds back.

Sabrina Stultiens (Rabobank Women) made the first move during the women's race and held a small gap but a tumble in the opening laps caused her to lose her lead. A leading group reconnected that included De Boer, Cant, Van Loy and Femke Van den Driessche (VZW Lotto-Ladies).

In the closing laps, Van Loy made an attempt to ride solo for the win but she was quickly followed by Cant and De Boer. In the end, it was Cant and De Boer sprinting for the victory, with De Boer taking top honours on the day.

"Sanne pulled firmly into the final round," De Boer told "For a moment I wasn't sure if I could keep up, but I kept at it. In the sprint, Sanne was equally alongside me but I could catch her right at the end.

"This victory is the confirmation I needed in the right direction for the Dutch Championship, but next week will be the course will probably be heavier."

Cant wasn't too disappointed in her second place, telling, "I had confidence in the sprint, but when I came alongside Sophie, she had a second gear in the legs."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sophie De Boer (Ned) Kalas-NNOF Cycling Team0:44:32
2Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm - BKCP0:00:01
3Ellen Van Loy (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:00:18
4Femke Van Den Driessche (Bel) VZW Lotto-Ladiescycling0:00:33
5Jolien Verschueren (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:00:38
6Loes Sels (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:00:40
7Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Women Team0:00:57
8Christine Majerus (Lux)0:01:11
9Mical Dyck (Can)0:02:12
10Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Wielerteam Decock-Woningbouw Vandekerckhove0:02:35
11Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned)0:02:50
12Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Kleur Op Maat cyclingteam0:03:58
13Pauline Delhaye (Fra)0:04:18
14Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa)0:04:36
15Lisa Jacobs (Aus)0:04:51
16Anna Schappert (Can)0:05:37
17Jinse Peeters (Bel)
18Shana Maes (Bel) AA Drink-Kalas Cycling Team0:06:02
19Axelle Bellaert (Bel) AA Drink-Kalas Cycling Team0:06:18
20Nathalie Redmond (Bel)0:06:36
21Delia Beddis (GBr)-1 Lap
22Claire-Jane Beaumont (GBr)-2 Laps
23Kristien Nelen (Bel)
24Yenthe Boons (Bel)-3 Laps
25Meg De Bruyne (Bel) VD Hauwe CT - Gentse VS
26Tine Verdeyen (Bel) Cycling Team Zemst VZW
27Sofia Revert Rodriguez (Spa)
28Sara Beeckmans (Bel) W.A.C. Team Hoboken (Kon.) V.Z.W.
29Cindy Diericx (Bel) Coolens Cycling Team-4 Laps
30Dagnija Auzane (Pol)
DNFLindy Van Anrooij (Ned)
DNFSenna Feron (Ned) WV Zwee
DNFJoyce Heyns (Ned)


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