The second half of the opening weekend and the starting race of the Lotto Cycling Cup, the Omloop Hageland takes the riders through a tough parcours once again.
A small break went away early in the race, but consisted of top talent like Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) and Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans). By the 50km to go mark, though, the race was back together. US national champion and 2016 Women’s World Tour winner Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) unfortunately crashed out of the race.
The race remained together through the circuits, until around the 20km to go, a small group went up the road. Elisa Longo Borghini, Chantal Black (Boels Dolmans), Coryn Rivera (Sunweb), and Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb) slowly opened up a gap on the peloton, with the fastest rider being the fastest in the group.
The leading group grew frustrated with Rivera saving her legs for the sprint and grew uncommitted to the move. They were absorbed by the peloton at 5km to go. Longo Borghini attacked again though on a late climb and managed to make the Orica Scott team work hard on the front.
Inside the last kilometer, and with Longo Borghini brought back, Jolien D’hoore capitalized off her teammates earlier move and took the sprint ahead of Ale Cipolini’s Chloe Hosking and Orica Scott’s Sarah Roy.
On Wednesday, the women’s peloton will contest Le Samyn in preparation for Saturday’s Women’s World Tour opener, Strade Bianche.