Two more top-ten finishes in Belgium
Frenchwoman brilliantly resists inside pursuit group behind dominant winner Van den Broek-Blaak (DLT); Teruel (10th), Erić -11th, Lotto Cycling Cup leader- also in the mix at peloton sprint.
It was the women’s Movistar Team third race outside Spain in 2020, and it was again a very nice performance from the ladies conducted by Jorge Sanz at Le Samyn des Dames (UCI 1.2). The 94km course from Quaregnon to Dour in Wallonia, featuring more than a dozen cobblestone sectors quite similar to those at the other side of the border, saw the Blues snatching two more top-ten results in their early spring campaign.
Aude Biannic took a nice 6th place at the pursuit group behind an unstoppable Chantal Van den Broek-Blaak (DLT), who won solo ahead of Christine Majerus (DLT) and Lotte Kopecky (LTS). The former World Champion created a huge, early gap between herself and a 13-rider pursuit group into the early ‘secteurs pavé’, with five Movistar Team riders: Biannic, Sheyla Gutiérrez, Alicia González, Jelena Erić and Barbara Guarischi – the Italian later struck by mechanical issues.
The second echelon was then reduced to five riders, with Biannic brilliantly sustaining the pace -and even trying some attacks- against a talented opposition, with Kopecky, Majerus, Jip Van den Bos (DLT) and Ellen Van Dijk (TFS). After the five, at the main bunch’s sprint, Alba Teruel took 10th place, while Erić -now the leader of the Lotto Cycling Cup- finished in 11th. This way, the Movistar Team has already ammassed four top-ten results in three races abroad in 2020.
- 01 Chantal van den Broek-Blaak Boels-Dolmans 2h35'01"
- 02 Christine Majerus Boels-Dolmans +1'50"
- 03 Lotte Kopecky Lotto Soudal "
- 06 Aude Biannic Movistar Team +1'56"
- 10 Alba Teruel Movistar Team +3'43"
- 11 Jelena Erić Movistar Team "
- 28 Sheyla Gutiérrez Movistar Team "
- 34 Alicia González Movistar Team +3'52"
- 75 Gloria Rodríguez Movistar Team +8'01"
- — Barbara Guarischi Movistar Team DNF