Liane Lippert and Juliette Labous animated the finale of De Brabantse Pijl before crossing the line in third and fifth after what was a tough race from the start thanks to an attacking field and tough weather conditions.
The race got underway on wet roads and in falling rain but that didn’t deter the attacks from coming thick and fast as moves failed to stick early in the race.
Around the midway point a strong break of 11 riders formed with Labous present, gaining nearly half a minute over the peloton. This piled on the pressure behind in the chase and after the catch came more attacks followed causing the decisive split of the race.
Two riders broke clear while Labous set off in pursuit behind, gradually clawing her way to less than 10 seconds off the back of the leaders. Further attacks from behind saw Lippert go clear marking the moves, bridging across to Labous but after Demi Vollering had gone clear, soloing to victory. Labous set a fast pace in pursuit but it was a race for second, with Lippert crossing in third and Labous fifth after a tough fight to the end.
|1||VOLLERING Demi||Team SD Worx||3:38:00||200|
|2||NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna||Canyon//SRAM Racing||0:22||150|
|3||LIPPERT Liane||Team DSM||,,||125|