Chantal Blaak wins women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad after solo attack

Chantal Blaak wins women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad after solo attack

Martin James 2 Mar 2019 Dutch champion uses the Muur as a springboard to victory after absorbing day of racing Image credit: Boels-Dolmans Dutch champion Chantal Blaak produced a perfectly timed attack on the Muur van Geraardsbergen to ride away from her rivals to win the women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday. Blaak’s powerful ride up the cobbled climb in the closing stages of the race left only a handful of riders clinging to her back wheel, then she simply rode away from them ahead of the final climb of the day, crossing the finish line a full minute clear. Italy’s Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu) won the sprint for second, ahead of a second Boels-Dolmans rider, Jip Van den Bos. Another Boels-Dolmans rider, world champion Anna Van der Breggen also finished in the chase group, having disrupted efforts to go after teammate Blaak in the closing stages of the race. ...

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