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by Jeanine Laudy
March 29, 2016
Photography by Vélofocus
WOMEN'S CYCLING BROUGHT TO YOU BY ORBEA
The orange Boels-Dolmans team continued its domination of the UCI Women’s WorldTour over the weekend with another win for Chantal Blaak. Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM) came in second and Lucinda Brand (Rabo-Liv) rounded out the podium. Boels-Dolman has now won every Women’s WorldTour event thus far with Lizzie Armitstead and Chantal Blaak each claiming two victories.
The race, held just days after the terrible bombings in Brussels, was suppose to be a celebration of life, but that celebration ended abruptly when news broke that rider Antoine Dumoitié (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) had been killed in a crash with a motorcycle during the men’s race in Gent-Wevelgem.
When the women’s race unfolded, the accident had not yet happened, and the women’s 2016 Gent-Wevelgem actually was another extraordinary race, like we’ve had throughout the entire Women’s WorldTour so far. Although sometimes not much happened in the early parts of a race, we have always had an exciting finale. This time it was a solo break that earned Blaak her second UCIWWT win, after winning de Ronde van Drenthe in a sprint out of four.
Also great news that the UCI is now again making their own highlights videos! Scroll right on through to the bottom for a nine minute clip of the race and reactions from lots of riders.
In addition to the Sporza video of the race and a video report by Focus-WTV, here’s the UCI highlights video of how Chantal Blaak secured her second Women’s WorldTour win, with commentary by Niels Goudriaan of inCycleTV and interviews by Felix Mattis.
1. Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) – 258 points
2. Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) – 248 points
3. Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5) – 185 points
Young rider classification
1. Floortje Mackaij (Liv-Plantur) – 12 points
1. Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv) – 12 points
3. Alexis Ryan (Canyon-SRAM) – 6 points
1. Boels-Dolmans – 744 points
2. Rabo-Liv – 453 points
3. Wiggle High5 – 398 points