The transition between the cobbled classics and the Ardennes got underway today with Brabantse Pijl, known for its short punchy climbs. Rolling out from the start line Lennik, the attacks flew at the head of the race but no major breakaway was able to establish itself out front and instead it became more of a race of attrition.
Heading into the final 50 kilometres the team rode well as a unit and were positioned towards the front of the bunch as the climbs came thick and fast. Coryn Rivera showed good punch in her legs by making it into a dangerous move on the Hertstraat but that group was brought back. More attacks then came from the peloton but the decisive attack of the day came just before the riders heard the bell at the finish line, with Juliette Labous riding strongly to make the split of six for the team.
The group worked well together and with hesitation in the reduced peloton behind, it became clear that Labous’ group would fight it out for the win at the finish. Digging deep on the final drag to the line Labous gave it her all in the sprint, finishing in a strong sixth place after a good display of aggressive and attacking racing by the team.
|1||WINDER Ruth||Trek-Segafredo Women||3:20:00||125|
|2||VOLLERING Demi||SD Worx||,,||85|
|3||BALSAMO Elisa||Valcar - Travel & Service||,,||70|