After an exciting final, where we saw an active Team SD Worx, Chantal Blaak crossed the finish line solo after a final attack at the steep final climb of the Santa Caterina in Siena. The team captain of SD Worx was active during the whole race and managed to leave Elisa Longo-Borghini behind in the final kilometer.
A week after Anna van der Breggen's victory in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Team SD Worx manages to win again in the Strade Bianche. With Chantal Blaak, Anna van der Breggen, Demi Vollering en Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio the team was represented in the final breakaway of 12 riders.
Besides the victory, the team did very well with a third place for Anna van der Breggen, a sixth place for Demi Vollering and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio just out of the top 10 on place eleven. With Niamh Fisher-Black and Elena Cecchini working hard for the team, the team can be very proud with this result. Several media were talking about a masterclass from Team SD Worx.
Shortly after the finish Blaak says it wasn’t really the plan for her to win, but with such a strong line-up, SD Worx could follow their plan and let the race situation decide who’d get to the finish first. “I felt so good this day and knew quickly that I had a change to win this race”, the worldchampion on the road of 2017 said.
“As team we rode very strong and played to game together. Everything we discussed upfront was succeeded. When Elisa Longo-Borgini came with me, I was not allowed to ride. That was smart, because I normally cannot follow her on the climb. I know she is very focussed on this race, so I was scared of her. With one kilometre to go, I could feel that she broke, and I still had something left in the tank. This is one of my most beautiful victories!”.
Anna van der Breggen adds: “We can look back on a really good day. The race was hard, and you could feel that there were more strong girls which made it really exciting in the end. Chantal showed that if you have a good day, that you can do more than you think you can. And that’s a big lesson. In the end it’s a really good result, but also mentally a good day to develop and to do it next time”.
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