In this second edition of this race, she improved her result of 2019’s race in which she became 4th.
Due to the bad weather conditions, a lot of rain and strong winds, the peloton kept together for a long time. With 40 kilometres left a break-away group was formed with Amy Pieters, Grace Brown and Lisa Klein. While the peloton behind them split in 2 groups and tried to chase the leaders, they were able to stay away and to fight for the victory with the three of them. At the Nokere Berg, Amy proved to be the strongest.
It’s the first victory for Pieters this season, who hasn’t finished lower than sixth in any of the races she has started this year.
“It was a good day” says Pieters after the finish. “We decided upfront where we want to attack, but that ended up in a break-away with Jolien, Christine and me. So, we waited for the peloton and tried again. This time I get a gap together with both Grace and Lisa. This was an ideal situation for me, but also for the team as we had Jolien in the group behind. It was pretty exciting, and we knew we had to keep on riding. But then Danny told me that I had to prepare myself for the sprint. I knew I was the strongest sprinter of this group, but you’re never sure as this is a tough sprint. It’s uphill and with those cobbles, and Grace is a good climber. I felt the pressure to win, and so I did.”
Sportive director Danny Stam adds: “We took the initiative today and it has been rewarded. It was not sure that the 3 leaders could stay away, but the teamwork was once again amazing. We have now won 5 races with 5 different riders. It shows the resilience of this group.”
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