Two women bend over their bikes as they sprint to the finish line of a race.

Women’s Gent-Wevelgem report: Wiebes bests Balsamo in reduced bunch sprint

The Dutchwoman edged out the Italian after a stunning lead-out from Lotte Kopecky.

Wiebes and Balsamo sprinting for the win at Gent-Wevelgem 2024.

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by Abby Mickey 24.03.2024 Photography by
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A hectic day of racing in Belgium ended in a reduced bunch sprint between Lorena Wiebes and Elisa Balsamo (Lidl-Trek). A tyre’s width separated the SD Worx-Protime rider from Balsamo, and in the end, Wiebes took her fifth sprint win of the year. Chiara Consonni of UAE Team ADQ sprinted to third ahead of Charlotte Kool.

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Since the finish was so close, Wiebes didn’t get a chance to celebrate on the bike. Instead, she had this moment with her teammates.

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In her post-race interview, Wiebes praised the World Champion for her leadout and gave us at home a little insight into the team’s plans for Tour of Flanders in a week.

It was a great leadout. I had 100% confidence in Lotte. We have done great things already this season, and next week it will be for Lotte again.

Lorena Wiebes after winning Gent-Wevelgem

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