Australian champion Sarah Roy sprinted to eighth place in an exciting finale to a windy and tough Ghent-Wevelgem.
It was a tense day of action with a number of splits coming and going before a large group eventually broke clear following the final assent of the Kemmelberg. Two riders then attacked clear after crosswinds caused further gaps in the group, with the duo opening up an advantage of 30 seconds.
A thrilling chase then ensued with the two attackers finally reeled back in inside the final kilometre ahead of reduced bunch sprint finish. Brugge-De Panne winner Grace Brown led the chase before teeing up her teammate Roy for the final kick for the line.
In the end it was Marianne Vos who proved to be the fastest in the dash for the line, with Roy getting up for a strong eighth place.
“I think our team ride today was a huge step forward, we are a new group and today was really awesome, the whole process of everything. But unfortunately, I didn’t have the legs I was hoping for, I’ve tried to be really positive since my crash the other day into the swamp water, I’ve pulled up a bit more sore than I’d hoped.
So I didn’t have the legs today, but I felt really well supported by all the girls and it was really fun to do a lead out with Grace into the final, that’s the first time we’ve ever done that together and she did an amazing job.”
2021 Ghent-Wevelgem Results:
1. Marianne Vos
2. Lotte Kopechy
3. Lisa Brennauer
8. Sarah Roy (Team BikeExchange) ST
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