Borghini’s Masterclass Performance

Italian Champion Longo Borghini put on a masterclass performance to win the De Brabantse Pijl one-day classic in Flanders for the first time in her career. Having been at the front of the race from 50km to go, Longo Borghini dropped her final breakaway companion, Demi Vollering on the penultimate climb and the final 7.5km. From there, she was able to solo to victory, eventually crossing the line a full 41 seconds ahead, giving her plenty of time to savour the moment.

“It was a very strong team performance, as we showed in Flanders. Today we really wanted to have a kind of open race, but we planned an attack at kilometre 85, and then we did it again on the Moskesstraat. This victory is for my husband, Jacopo [Mosca] who is on Teide training, because of a joke with the Moskesstraat and his surname. I hope to see him very soon!” Said a triumphant Borghini.

“We planned our first attack with the Team and we had a really good leadout. It’s a big credit today to my teammates, everyone was really committed to do well. We were relaxed, but really determined to win this race. We did our best and succeeded.”

“Demi looked really strong and she did a good race, she’s a rider that I have a lot of respect for. Today I was stronger, maybe tomorrow, she is stronger.”

“I set a big goal during the winter which I have been training towards and that is Liège. Of course, every race is different and special. I will try to do my best there. In the Ardennes I will try to be there for the Team; in Flèche for Gaia and in Amstel for Shirin.”

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