CCC-Liv raced attentively all day at the front in Gent-Wevelgem. The orange team tried to break the peloton a number of times by making smart use of the wind. In the end, the UCI Women’s WorldTour classic turned out to be a mass sprint with a large peloton. Marianne Vos took the lead a little early and finished in 13th place. Kirsten Wild was the first to cross the finish line.
“Today’s plan was to colour the race by making it hard. We did not want to wait all day for the potential bunch sprint, which was well predicted in advance. I think we succeeded quite well, although it was a difficult race. The selective parts - the narrow and unpaved sections and climbs - were combined with wide roads where it always fell quiet”, says sports director Jeroen Blijlevens.
“We had agreed to position ourselves at the front in Watou, already after 32 kilometres of racing, and to create echelons there. The peloton broke in parts there, but not entirely”, according to Jeroen Blijlevens. “In the final part, after the passage in Ypres, we wanted to try playing with the wind again - several teams had the same plan. Unfortunately, there was too much headwind and it did not work.”
“The riders have been attentive all day long. In the final I noticed Jeanne Korevaar, Evy Kuijpers and Ashleigh Moolman Pasio do excellent things. We agreed that they would react to breakaways. When we realised that it would turn out to be a mass sprint, we decided to opt for the sprint of Marianne Vos at 8 kilometres from the finish. Unfortunately it didn’t materialise.”
Photo credits: Cor Vos