2024 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad – Race Report

How the race finished

Marianne Vos (Visma Lease a Bike) outsprinted Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx) to take her first ever win at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, ahead of the Lidl-Trek duo of Elisa Longo Borghini and Shirin van Anrooij. 

Full results are available below.

 

How it happened

The first cobble classic of the season saw the women’s peloton race 127.1km from Ghent to Ninove, across five cobblestone sectors and eight climbs including the Molenberg, and the iconic finishing duo of the Kapelmuur and the Bosberg

With the peloton off to a leisurely start, an early breakaway of Rotem Gafinowitz (Hess Cycling), Marieke de Groot (Proximus-Cyclis CT) and Ana Vitoria Maghalães (BePink-Bongioanni) formed quickly, and with 100km to go the trio already held a four minute gap. Several others looked to bridge across, but it took another 25km before two were finally successful, with Marieke Meert (VolkerWessels) and Maaike Colje (Arkea B&B Hotels) joining the front. 

The breakaway’s advantage continued to grow out to over seven minutes at one point, before the pressure finally fell on the shoulders of SD Worx to muster the chase. With just outside 50km to go, the cobbles of the Holleweg saw a number of crashes, with one of the race favourites, Cecile Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Suez), going down. As the cobbled sections now came thick and fast the peloton accelerated, while the breakaway began to fracture. 

Entering the Haaghoek at 37km to go the gap was down to 3 minutes, but another series of crashes hampered the peloton, splitting up the chase effort. Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl Trek) saw the opportunity to go on the attack, gaining a small advantage. All the action meant that the gap to breakaway had reduced to two minutes. 

On the Berendries Anouska Koster (Uno X Mobility) gave it a go, only to see Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) fly over the top. Demi Vollering (SD Worx) tried next, taking Marianne Vos (Visa Lease a Bike) with her. Over the summit, Longo Borghini held a small advantage over the chasing pair, who were, in turn, a small distance ahead of the next group on the road. The breakaway was now only 50 seconds up the road. 

At the summit of the Elverenberg Vossenhol Longo Borghini caught the remaining breakaway duo, sitting in to take a breather.  Shortly afterwards Kopecky upped the pace again, this time followed by Puck Pieterse (Fenix Deceuninck) and Shirin van Anrooij (Lidl Trek) before the move was shut down. Vollering set to work on the front to draw Longo Borghini back, after she had dropped her breakaway companions. 

On the Muur, with 15km to go, Kopecky attacked and, with Vos in her wheel, caught Longo Borghini. The only other rider who could follow was Longo Borghini’ teammate van Anrooij. A chase group behind desperately tried to get across, but couldn’t get there.

Onto the Bosberg and Kopecky attacked again, with Vos and van Anrooij once again holding tight in the wheel. Longo Borghini was able to come back and pace for the group, allowing them to establish a commanding enough lead for the two Lidl-Trek riders to think, once again, about attacking. With no one able to go clear, it came down to a four up sprint for the line, with Vos claiming victory on the day.

 

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