D'hoore sprints to victory in Wevelgem

11 October 2020

In the 9th edition Ghent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields for women, the podium turned mostly Belgian. Jolien D'hoore sprinted to victory beofre her compatriot and Belgian champion Kopecky and the German Lisa Brennauer.

The women's 140 km race started very turbulent. The pace in the peloton was high, making an early breakaway almost impossible. In the end no one could get away and stay away, but the split was there. At the back the door was open, so the peloton gradually thinned out on the narrow roads in "Flanders Fields".

Only during the second time Kemmelberg, with about 34 km to go, the peloton broke into pieces due to the acceleration of the Italian Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo). A leading group of 11 riders formed. Longo Borgini could count on teammates Van Dijk and Deignan, but also Brennauer (Ceratizit - WNT Pro Cycling Team), Roy (Mitchelton-Scott), D'hoore and Pieters (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team), Belgian champion Kopecky (Lotto Soudal Ladies), Vollering (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Cavalli (Valcar - Travel & Service) and Stephens (Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank) were in the lead.

In the final kilometres the peloton came dangerously close. With an gap of 10 seconds between the leading group and the chasers, the Dutch Van Dijk went full for the attack. Just like her teammate Longo Borghini, who later tried again, she didn't get away. Pieters also tried to disrupt things, but the women of Trek-Segafredo closed the gap.

The sprint was inevitable. Pieters tried to prepare the sprint as well as she could for her teammate D'hoore. It was Belgian champion Kopecky who started first, but D'hoore passed her compatriot. German champion Brennauer completed the podium.

With this victory, D'hoore is the first Belgian winner in Gent-Wevelgem, after she already took two second places in 2017 and 2018.  

Picture: Photonews

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