The Classics campaign got underway this afternoon at its traditional “Opening Weekend” and a tricky Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. As usual, the bunch was faced with a testing parcous that was back loaded with climbs and cobbles, including the famous Muur van Geraardsbergen, before the finish in Ninove.
Riding well as a unit, the team had the goal of keeping finisher Pfeiffer Georgi as fresh as possible throughout the day ahead of the finale. Elise Uijen, Daniek Hengeveld and Charlotte Kool did some strong early work; before Megan Jastrab and Franziska Koch did incredible turns to up the pace and make sure Georgi started the Muur at the front of the peloton. The pace was so high that Georgi and eventual race winner Lotte Kopecky could break free from the bunch, before Georgi had to let go of the wheels halfway up as Kopecky pushed on the pace once more.
Things would regroup ahead of and over the final cobbled ascent of the Bosberg with Georgi in a reduced chasing group of around 25 behind Kopecky. In the sprint for the podium spots, Georgi launched her sprint from deep and powered on the pedals; fighting all the way to the line for a fifth place finish – a good result after some strong riding by the whole team.