Annemiek Van Vleuten wins again at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Demi Vollering couldn’t beat her breakaway mate at the finish line while Lorena Wiebes was the first one of the bunch

Another chapter that confirms the Annemiek Van Vleuten’s victories insaciability in this begining of the season, winning at the first spring classic of the calendar. Van Vleuten attacked in the last Bosberg climb
managing to leave all her opposition behind and start a ride with the sole company of Demi Vollering (SD Worx), whom he was able to beat with a very long and agonizing sprint.

Annemiek Van Vleuten
Anna Henderson
Annemiek Van Vleuten giving it all at the legendary Kapelmuur climb to chase Anna Henderson. Photo Gomez / SprintCyclingAgency

Bosberg was my last chance to leave the rest behind, after my first attack on the Kapelmuur, but when I managed to leave alone with Vollering I was surprised that no one else came“, said the winner, but first of all Movistar riders worked to chase the four members of a breakway with big and dangerous names as Ellen Van Dijk, Marlen Reusser, Lianne Lippert and Anna Henderson, finally reached by Van Vleuten and Vollering, and neutralized by the bunch when the two stronger riders left them behind in Bosberg.

Demi Vollering, Annemiek Van Vleuten and Lorena Wiebes
Final podium of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2002 with (from left) Demi Vollering, Annemiek Van Vleuten and Lorena Wiebes. Team DSM

With Lisa Klein and Shari Bossuyt working hard to position Canyon SRAM team early in the race, the action came thick and fast in the final hour. Bossuyt played a key role reducing the gap to the breakaway to under 30 seconds as they hit the bottom of the Muur de Geraardsbergen, but also Emma Norsgaard, Sara Martín, Baby Guarischi, Alicia González and Aude Biannic were the Movistar key for ‘Miek’ to finish their mission, adding another important victory as the season has just began: “I knew she (Demi Vollering) was faster than me, but in hard races I know how to handle those kinds of sprints well, and I thought I could surprise her. It was a bit of a kamikaze start, but it was my chance to get into the lead before the roundabout. It was a 600-meter sprint and there was a moment when she were parallel to me, but I still had energy left and I was able to finish off“, declared Van Vleuten.

1.- Marta Bastianelli (UAE ADQ) 3:24:47″
2.- Emma Norsgaard (Movistar) +0″
3.- Floortje Mackaij (DSM) ”
4.- Elena Cecchini (SD Worx) “
5.- Shirin Van Anrooij (Trek Segafredo) “
6.- Clara Copponi (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine) “
7.- Chantal Blaak (SD Worx) “
8.- Valerie Demey (Liv Racing Xstra) +5″
9.- Pfeiffer Georgi (DSM) “
10.- Lorena Wiebes (DSM) +32″
11.- Lonneke Uneken (SD Worx) “
12.- Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) +34″
13.- Maike Van Der Duin (Le Col Wahoo) “
14.- Eugénie Duval (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine) ”
15.- Ruby Roseman Gannon (BiekExchange Jayco) ”
16.- Letizia Borghesi (EF Education Tibco SVB) +40″
17.- Charlotte Kool (DSM) “
18.- Marlen Reusser (SD Worx) “
19.- Vittoria Guazzini (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine) “
20.- Nicole Steigenga (Coop Hitec Products) “
21.- Sofia Bertizzolo (UAE ADQ) “
22.- Julie De Wilde (Plantur Pura) ”
23.- Silvia Zanardi (BePink) “
24.- Marta Lach (Ceratizit WNT) “
25.- Silke Smulders (Liv Racing Xstra) ”
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Lotte Kopecky, Kasia Niewiadoma, Emma Norsgaard, Barbara Guarischi, Aude Biannic, Alicia González
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Women 2022 peloton scenery over cobbles with Lotte Kopecky, Kasia Niewiadoma, Emma Norsgaard, Barbara Guarischi, Aude Biannic and Alicia González among others. Photo Gomez Sport/SprintCyclingAgency
Teniel Campbell, Shari Bossuyt, Ton Quinty, Lisa Klein, Teuntje Beekhuis, Elynor Backstedt, Kathrin Schweinberger
Teniel Campbell, Shari Bossuyt, Ton Quinty, Lisa Klein, Elynor Backstedt, Kathrin Schweinberger or Teuntje Beekhuis among others negotiating a curve in the bunch. Thomas Maheux
Floortje Mackaij
Chloe Dygert
Floortje Mackaij climbing Kapelmuur followed by Chloe Dygert. Team DSM

Canyon SRAM impressions

Chloe Dygert and Kasia Niewiadoma were just behind the leaders over the Muur but couldn’t go with the final attack of winner Van Vleuten on the Bosberg climb that followed immediately, while Sarah Roy lost contact with the peloton after being involved in a crash but was able to continue to the finish without any major injury.

Alice Barnes and Kasia Niewiadoma
Alice Barnes and Kasia Niewiadoma. Thomas Maheux

Alice Barnes: “I was completely out of position for the sprint. It’s disappointing because I had to dig deep over the Muur to be in the position where I could be back at the front. I was with Shari over the Muur and then we came back to the next group which then caught another group in the final kilometres. Hopefully, we can learn and can have a better lead out together next time. I didn’t feel in amazing shape but felt okay and Le Samyn on Tuesday is a different kind of race and I’ll be ready to go again.”

Shari Bossuyt after the race. Thomas Maheux

Kasia Niewiadoma: I hesitated at a crucial moment. It was a passive race at the start and I missed the fire and fighting that you need in order to get a better result. We’re quite a new group and we have some things to learn together that you can only really do in a race situation. So, it was good we’ve now had two races together, especially before Strade Bianche. It’s the beginning of the season and there are many more chances to come and with every passing week we will be getting better.

Shari Bossuyt: “I had good legs today and I did my best to help the team and I’m happy with that. I was fighting with myself to get over the Muur and Bosberg. In the final, I was trying to help Alice but my legs were completely finished.

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