The season's first classic race is the opening weekend race of the Omloop in Flanders, Belgium. The 124km race culminated with a what we have come to expect from women’s cycling, many attacks from the race’s biggest names who put it all on the line for the big win.
This race didn’t disappoint, save for the fact that it wasn’t television. After a tough set of climbs and cobbles, an elite group of 6 formed with about 20 km to go. Attacks came from the ladies out front, but it was Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) who’s move broke away solo.
Coming in to the final kilometer solo with a 20 sec advantage, it was her race to lose. Brand crossed the line solo for the win, with Chantal Blaak (Boel’s Dolmans) wining the group sprint for second ahead of Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica Scott).
The all Dutch podium represents the biggest teams in the sport, and is the second year in a row where Chantal Black finished second (her teammate Lizzie Deignan won the race in a similar fashion last year).
The women will compete tomorrow at the Spar-Omloop van het Hageland and on Wednesday at Le Samyn in preparation for the Women’s World Tour debut race, Strade Bianche.