Jolien D’hoore won the sprint of a large leading group at the end of the Three Days of Bruges De Panne – which nowadays only takes one day – but was declassified afterwards because she pushed her closest attacker Lorena Wiebes too much to the nadar in the hundred final meters. . The Belgian top sprinter therefore takes next to her second World Cup victory of the season. Wednesday is up to the men.
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There was nothing to do during the first half of the race. Some enthusiasm only surfaced the first half course, when the peloton tore into two parts by a crash. However, everything came together again and the passage through De Moeren also caused little separation.
At thirty kilometers from the finish, Boels-Dolmans took control of the race. Even Jolien D’hoore appeared at the forefront of the race and Team Sunweb also appeared on the front line for top sprintster Lorenz Wiebes. Both top teams drew fans to their heart’s content and that resulted in major cracks, the Belgian top favorites – with besides D’hoore especially Lotte Kopecky – held up nicely in the front of a sixteen-strong leader group.
Christine Majerus was the first to hand out a pinprick, but the Sunweb girls, with five in the front, did not let it go. Moreover, eight kilometers from the finish line, a chasing eight joined, among them also Ronde winner Chantal Van den Broek-Blaak. Tension trumps, but late dropouts of, among others, Amy Pieters, Elisa Lonngo Borghini, Christine Majerus and Ellen van Dijk (twice) yielded nothing. At a kilometer and a half from the finish, Pieters tried to outwit everyone one last time, but that party was also canceled and the sprint was inevitable.
Jolien D’hoore started the sprint from afar, but moved to the right and Lorena Wiebes was able to hold back so narrowly. A suspicious maneuver and after the jury re-examined the finish images, D’Hoore was declassified. Lorena Wiebes was thus proclaimed the laureate, Lisa Brennauer was second and Lotte Kopecky was still third on the podium.
Jolien D’hoore thinks declassification is too strict
“I think this is too strict a decision,” responded Joien D’hoore on Tuesday after her declassification in the Driedaagse De Panne-Bruges. “I felt Wiebes coming and went a bit to the left to catch her, but it wasn’t that I closed the door completely.”
“I certainly did not drive her into the fences. I did an automatic response. An action that every sprinter does when he feels that someone is approaching. To declassify me for that, I think that’s quite a punishment. I can be satisfied with my season, but it really ends sour and down in this way. ”
Lorena Wiebes: “Didn’t expect downgrading”
“To be honest, I made a small mistake in the sprint. I started the sprint just a little too late ”, Wiebes realizes. “I did get close to Jolien, but did not expect that he would be declassified. So the victory came out of the blue. ”
The jury ruled that D’hoore deviated too much from her line in full sprint. “As the finish line approached, I saw the nadar closing very close,” says Wiebes. “And it can of course go very wrong. We saw that a few months ago in Poland with Fabio Jakobsen. Sprinting has to be done without any problems. Still, I didn’t think the jury would return D’hoore after all. But safety comes first, or should in any case take precedence in cycling. ”
“It could be that this was the last game of the season. Normally Brittany and Madrid are also on my schedule, but the chance that those races will continue is small. So wait and see, although I am still eager to knit a sequel to my season. If those races do not come, then I still closed my season with a fantastic victory. ”
Lotte Kopecky happy with unexpected podium place
Lotte Kopecky initially fell just off the podium, but due to the declassification of Jolien D’hoore she finished third, just like last year.
“This is a great end to my road season”, Kopecky responded. “I don’t really like the way I get on stage. But it is what it is. The rules in the sprint are there for everyone. Sometimes the jury has to persevere, so that it does not become too reckless. When I make a mistake, I will also be corrected. I myself have not seen the sprint. I was busy with my own sprint and had no eye for what happened to D’hooore and Wiebes to my left. So I cannot say whether the decision was correct or not. ”
The Belgian champion is now diving into the field. “I will indeed start in Ruddervoorde. Just for fun. Normally Paris-Roubaix was on my program. That course will therefore not continue. The European championship on the slopes was also something for me, but they have also drawn a cross over that. So I go cyclocross. Just for fun. I start in Ruddervoorde without pressure. I can look back on a good road season, even if it was just a bit too short due to those corona conditions. Among other things, I became Belgian champion on the road and in the time trial. There are those who have to make do with less. ”
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