RACE REPORT - WEEK 18

1 - 7 May
Picture by Paul Hinninck

Monique wins at Schellebelle

Our girls have been successful in a few regional races last week. On Saturday, seven of our Waowgirls participated in the regional race at Schellebelle. In the beginning of the race, Sofie De Vuyst tried to get away together with four other riders, but the peloton didn’t let them go. Not much later, five other riders gave it a try. There were two waowgirls amongst this breakaway of five: Sarah Rijkes and Monique Van de Ree. The group perfectly worked together and they got an advantage of one minute. For a while, their advantage dropped back to 30 seconds, but then they put in some extra effort and got it back up to one minute.

One of the riders got a flat, so the four remaining riders would sprint for victory. Sarah Rijkes kept the pace high enough during the last lap so none of the other riders could try to break away. Monique then won the race after an impressive sprint, with Sarah Rijkes finishing fourth. In the print of the peloton, Tara Gins finished 8th, Bryony Van Velzen 10th, Sarah Inghelbrecht 12th and Sofie De Vuyst 25th.

Sarah Inghelbrecht wins at Sinaai!

On sunday, Sarah Inghelbrecht was the only waowgirl to participate at Sinaai. Everything stayed together towards the finish line. In the bunch sprint, Sarah was the first one to throw her (edco) wheel over the finish line and win the race!

“I’ve been waiting for this for most of my career as a cyclist. The last few years, all I could win were time trials and derny races, but never a normal road race. I kept on hoping and last year, I’ve been really close on several occasions. I’ve been riding a lot of big races lately as a domestique, which means I couldn’t compete in a lot of kermesse races. It’s great to finally get that road victory under my belt!”, Sarah said in an interview with vrouwenpeloton.be.

Picture by Alain Sennesael
Picture by João Fonseca

Daniela second at Torres Vedras

Meanwhile, in Portugal, Daniela Reis took part in the race at Torres Vedras, the fourth stage of the Women’s Portugal Cup, before taken some time to recover from the first part of her season. She rode a strong race in which she was setting the pace of the peloton on several occasions. It all came down to a bunch sprint, in which she strongly finished second!

Trofee Maarten Wynants

In the 11th edition of the Trofee Maarten Wynants, our Waowgirls had to complete 120 km before sprinting for victory in a bunch sprint. In this sprint, Monique Van de Ree showed her fast legs and finished 11th, while Saartje Vandenbroucke, who has been riding really strong the past few weeks, finished 18th. Mieke Docx and Tara Gins got involved in some crashes, which left Mieke with a sore back and knee and Tara with a swollen hip and some scratches. They obviously couldn’t finish the race, just like Lotte Van Hoek and Kelly Markus.

Picture by Krist Vanmelle

Monique wins at Schellebelle

Our girls have been successful in a few regional races last week. On Saturday, seven of our Waowgirls participated in the regional race at Schellebelle. In the beginning of the race, Sofie De Vuyst tried to get away together with four other riders, but the peloton didn’t let them go. Not much later, five other riders gave it a try. There were two waowgirls amongst this breakaway of five: Sarah Rijkes and Monique Van de Ree. The group perfectly worked together and they got an advantage of one minute. For a while, their advantage dropped back to 30 seconds, but then they put in some extra effort and got it back up to one minute.

One of the riders got a flat, so the four remaining riders would sprint for victory. Sarah Rijkes kept the pace high enough during the last lap so none of the other riders could try to break away. Monique then won the race after an impressive sprint, with Sarah Rijkes finishing fourth. In the print of the peloton, Tara Gins finished 8th, Bryony Van Velzen 10th, Sarah Inghelbrecht 12th and Sofie De Vuyst 25th.

Picture by Paul Hinninck

Sarah Inghelbrecht wins at Sinaai!

On sunday, Sarah Inghelbrecht was the only waowgirl to participate at Sinaai. Everything stayed together towards the finish line. In the bunch sprint, Sarah was the first one to throw her (edco) wheel over the finish line and win the race!

“I’ve been waiting for this for most of my career as a cyclist. The last few years, all I could win were time trials and derny races, but never a normal road race. I kept on hoping and last year, I’ve been really close on several occasions. I’ve been riding a lot of big races lately as a domestique, which means I couldn’t compete in a lot of kermesse races. It’s great to finally get that road victory under my belt!”, Sarah said in an interview with vrouwenpeloton.be.

Picture by Alain Sennesael

Daniela second at Torres Vedras

Meanwhile, in Portugal, Daniela Reis took part in the race at Torres Vedras, the fourth stage of the Women’s Portugal Cup, before taken some time to recover from the first part of her season. She rode a strong race in which she was setting the pace of the peloton on several occasions. It all came down to a bunch sprint, in which she strongly finished second!

Picture by João Fonseca

Trofee Maarten Wynants

In the 11th edition of the Trofee Maarten Wynants, our Waowgirls had to complete 120 km before sprinting for victory in a bunch sprint. In this sprint, Monique Van de Ree showed her fast legs and finished 11th, while Saartje Vandenbroucke, who has been riding really strong the past few weeks, finished 18th. Mieke Docx and Tara Gins got involved in some crashes, which left Mieke with a sore back and knee and Tara with a swollen hip and some scratches. They obviously couldn’t finish the race, just like Lotte Van Hoek and Kelly Markus.

Picture by Krist Vanmelle

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