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Gunnewijk continues GreenEDGE-AIS winning streak

Gent, Belgium 119.4km


Race Writeup

Loes Gunnewijk has continued the winning streak of one of the newest teams in the peloton, GreenEDGE - AIS. The Dutchwoman outsprinted compatriot, Ellen van Dijk (Specialized-lululemon) in a two-up finale on a cold, but sunny afternoon.

After a quiet first half of the race, a small group formed, containing the eventual winner. This group stayed together for another 20 kilometres, before some moves were made with the intention of splitting the group further, or of soloing to victory.

The significant move came when Gunnewijk broke away, alone, with around 30 kilometres left to race, on the Paddestraat. She was joined a handful of kilometres later by van Dijk. The pair worked together in to the finish, where Gunnewijk outsprinted van Dijk for the line. Trixi Worrack (Specialized-lululemon) won the bunch sprint and rounded-out the podium.

There were only 36 finishers in this edition of the European season-opener. 

GreenEDGE-AIS have now won the Jayco Bay Series, Australian National Championships, Santos women's Cup, Ladies Tour of Qatar and Het Nieuwsblad - every race they have entered. Although the clean sweep may soon end, in the NZCT Tour in New Zealand, American Evelyn Stevens, riding for the USA National Team, is in the leader's jersey with one stage remaining. Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE) is second, five seconds behind Stevens.

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Position Name Team Time / Gap
1 Loes Gunnewijk  GreenEDGE-AIS 03:17:14
2 Ellen van Dijk   Specialized-Lululemon
3 Trixi Worrack   Specialized-Lululemon 00:01:10
4 Martine Bras   Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam
5 Pauline Ferrand Prevot  Rabo Women Cycling Team
6 Noemi Cantele   Be Pink
7 Elisa Longo Borghini   Hitec Products-Mistral Home
8 Tiffany Cromwell  GreenEDGE-AIS
9 Amanda Spratt  GreenEDGE-AIS
10 Elizabeth Armitstead   AA Drink
11 Lise N�stvold   Hitec Products-Mistral Home 00:01:19
12 Chloe Hosking   Specialized-Lululemon 00:01:33
13 Latoya Brulee   Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012
14 Christine Majerus   GSD Gestion
15 Roxane Knetemann  Rabo Women Cycling Team
16 Ludivine Henrion  Lotto Belisol Ladies
17 Sarah D�ster  Rabo Women Cycling Team
18 Romy Kasper   Rusvelo
19 Thalita De Jong  Rabo Women Cycling Team
20 Sara Mustonen   Hitec Products-Mistral Home
21 Maaike Polspoel   Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012
22 Irene Van Den Broek   Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam
23 Madeleine Olsson   AA Drink
24 Jessie Daams   AA Drink
25 Ann-Sophie Duyck  Lotto Belisol Ladies
26 Iris Slappendel  Rabo Women Cycling Team
27 Alexis Rhodes  GreenEDGE-AIS
28 Chantal Blaak   AA Drink
29 Fr�ydis Waerstad   Hitec Products-Mistral Home
30 Carlee Taylor   Vienne Futuroscope
31 Regina Bruins   Skil 1T4I 00:04:46
32 Lucy Martin   AA Drink 00:07:17
33 Katie Colclough   Specialized-Lululemon
34 Kaat Hannes  Lotto Belisol Ladies
35 Jolien d'Hoore   Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012
36 Marlen J�hrend   Abus Nutrixxion

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