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4th Women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad - 1.2
Belgium, February 28, 2009
De Goede takes tough sprint win
By Bjorn Haake in Gent
Suzanne de Goede of Nürnberger Versicherung won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for women in the tough uphill finish on the Charles de Kerchovelaan boulevard in a sprint. Out of the 32-women front group De Goede was fastest, beating Noemi Cantele (Bigla Cycling Team) and Kelly Druyts (Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team).
The 128-kilometre race was decided by the climbs, which decimated the field down to the small peloton. The tough Molenberg was the final climb of the day, but despite things falling apart, the group of 32 managed to get back together after the climb.
Cantele had to settle for second in the sprint, but tried to get away for the win after the climb. "I tried to attack with two other riders after the Molenberg but behind they chased us. The finish is hard so I decided to wait - I was the only one from my team in the break, so I couldn't do anything in the last 20 km."
Cantele came up short, but was not too disappointed. "Maybe I needed 50 metres more..." She still enjoyed the sunny day. "I really like this race – the cobble stones and the little climbs. I also like the sun!" That sounded like a perfect day for Cantele, who said the "sectors after kilometre 75 were really hard."
The Italian wasn't surprised about the big group in the end. "It is early in the season and a lot of us are at the same level. Also, in the beginning we went really slowly, maybe that's why there were still 30 of us left."
Third-placed Druyts was also very satisfied with how things worked out for her. "We have a small team and it was a perfect race for me, with a bigger group in the end." She had a little bit of a regret for the final dash to the line. "It was a long sprint; at 400 metres I came to the front of the race and that was too early – that is where I lost the race."
Druyts was happy to survive the final climb of the day. "The Molenberg was very tough, but fortunately it all came back together afterwards."
A large peloton of 166 riders set off at the same time when the men's race started, albeit a couple of kilometres away. The women started at the Vlaams Wielercentrum Eddy Merckx at the Watersportbaan. Usually rowers are seen training on the canal, but today the area was firmly in the hands of the cyclists.
The bunch headed out west, the opposite direction than the men's race. The first climbs (Moregemplein, Tiegemberg, Kluisberg and the Côte du Trieu) whittled down the field little by little.
The last three climbs (Edelareberg, Wolvenberg and Molenberg) then further reduced the peloton to those 32 riders that arrived together in Gent, with Christina Becker and Eva Lutz of the Nürnberger team dropping back, after having worked hard for De Goede in the windy conditions.
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1 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 3.33.28 (35.97 km/h) 2 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team 3 Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team 4 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Leontien.nl 5 Sophie Creux (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion 6 Adrie Visser (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO 7 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Ned) Team Flexpoint 8 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Leontien.nl 9 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team 10 Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Leontien.nl 11 Annie Last (GBr) Great Britain 12 Laure Werner (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team 13 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Red Sun Cycling Team 14 Jessica Allen (GBr) Great Britain 15 Martine Bras (Ned) Selle Italia Ghezzi 16 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Team Flexpoint 17 Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) DSB Bank - LTO 18 Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam 19 Catherine Delfosse (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam 20 Alessandra D'ettorre (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line 21 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Leontien.nl 22 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Team Flexpoint 23 Petra Dijkman (Ned) Red Sun Cycling Team 24 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO 25 Loes Sels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team 26 Sjoukje Dufoer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team 27 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 28 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 29 Janneke Kanis (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO 30 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team 31 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Team Flexpoint 1.02 32 Christina Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 33 Eva Lutz (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 1.10 34 Bertine Spijkerman (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO 2.45 35 Katrien Van Looy (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team 36 Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam 2.45 37 Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Swabo Ladies Team 38 Lucy Martin (GBr) Great Britain 39 Latoya Brulee (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team 40 Emma Johansson (Swe) Red Sun Cycling Team 41 Emmanuelle Merlot (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 42 Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team 43 Anne Eversdijk (Ned) Netherlands 44 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 45 Birgit Lavrijssen (Ned) Netherlands 46 Nathalie Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 47 Jessie Daams (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team 48 Giada Borgato (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi 2.45 49 Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team 50 Nana Steenssens (Bel) VZW Royal Antwerp 51 Suzanne Van Veen (Ned) Leontien.nl 52 Katie Colclough (GBr) Great Britain 53 Sigrid Corneo (Slo) Selle Italia Ghezzi 54 Anne Arnouts (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team 55 Josien Van Den Heerik (Ned) Leontien.nl 56 Marlen Johrend (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 57 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 58 Florence Girardet (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 59 Marit Huisman (Ned) Leontien.nl 60 Jacobien Kanis (Ned) Team Flexpoint 61 Elise Depoorter (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam 62 Baukje Doedée (Ned) Team Rabo Lady Force - Snelle Wiel 5.43 63 Joran Tromp (Ned) Team Rabo Lady Force - Snelle Wiel 8.00 64 Annick Van Leuven (Bel) VZW Royal Antwerp 8.51 65 Mélodie Lesueur (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion 66 Emma Trott (GBr) Weijers Hako Movingladies 67 Agne Bagdonaviciute (Ltu) Selle Italia Ghezzi 68 Winanda Spoor (Ned) Netherlands 69 Béatrice Thomas (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion 70 Katia Verstraete (Bel) VZW Royal Antwerp 71 Jenifer Letue (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion 72 Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team 73 Inge Klep (Ned) Red Sun Cycling Team 74 Sofie De Nys (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen 75 Gabrielle Rovers (Ned) Swabo Ladies Team 76 Lorena Foresi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi 77 Inge Roggeman (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen 78 Gertie Willems (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen 79 Gloria Presti (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi 80 Liliane Leenknegt (Bel) VZW Royal Antwerp 81 Valentina Carretta (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line 82 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 83 Linda Ringlever (Ned) Weijers Hako Movingladies 84 Bettina Kuhn (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team 85 Tanja Hennes (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Lady 86 Evelyn Arys (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam 87 Rixt Meijer (Ned) People Trust 88 Lien Lanssens (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam 89 Marissa Otten (Ned) Team Rabo Lady Force - Snelle Wiel 90 Elisabeth Braam (Ned) Team Flexpoint 91 Ruth Springer (Ned) Swabo Ladies Team 92 Liesbeth Bakker (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO 93 Francesca Tognali (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line 94 Lotte Van Hoek (Ned) Netherlands 95 Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Flexpoint 96 Sissy Van Alebeek (Ned) Netherlands 97 Hannah Welter (Ned) Netherlands 98 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Netherlands 99 Marlijn Binnendijk (Ned) Leontien.nl 12.42 100 Lieve Koninkx (Bel) Benelux Team 13.34 101 Liesbeth Verbeeck (Bel) WSC 14.28 102 Chiara Rozzini (Ita) Togo 103 Shanne Braspenninckx (Ned) Netherlands 104 Lien Beyen (Bel) VZW Royal Antwerp 105 Agnieta Francke (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO 106 Sonja Boogaard (Ned) Team Rabo Lady Force - Snelle Wiel 107 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi 108 Cindy Vandermeulen (Bel) VZW Royal Antwerp 109 An De Keyser (Bel) MD CT Team 110 Alexandra Greenfield (GBr) Great Britain 111 Joukje Braam (Ned) People Trust
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