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Moolman-Pasio returns with Top 10 in Gent Wevelgem

Moolman-Pasio returns with Top 10 in Gent Wevelgem

Moolman-Pasio returns with Top 10 in Gent Wevelgem

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio pinned on a number for the first time since Strade Bianche and immediately impressed again. The South African sprinted to seventh in Gent Wevelgem on Sunday.

The race came down to a reduced bunch sprint in a similar vein to last year when Lotta Lepisto came out on top. Moolman-Pasio could be seen paying close attention during key moments in the race like the ascents of the Kemmelberg and Monteberg. The second time up those climbs, the race split into a front group that eventually consisted of 30 riders.

Despite numerous attacks, the race came to a sprint with Marta Bastianelli (Ale Cipollini) winning.

Moolman-Pasio’s consistent run as one of the best riders in the world continues. She’s yet to finish outside the top 10 in any race this season.

Cervélo Bigla at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig waits for the start of Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio corner at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

The peloton approaches at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Peloton sweep around a house at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio leads up the Kemmelberg at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Lotta Lepistö reaches the top of the Kemmelberg at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Clara Koppenburg reaches the top of the Kemmelberg at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio in the wheels of Team Sunweb across Plugstreet at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Peloton charge around Plugstreet at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Clara Koppenburg at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Ann-Sophie Duyck rides up a twisting climb at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Ann-Sophie Duyck at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Ann-Sophie Duyck at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Leaders speed through Menenpoort at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) after Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

The sprint finish at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 - a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com