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Impressions from Dwars door Vlaanderen

Impressions from Dwars door Vlaanderen

Impressions from Dwars door Vlaanderen

The Bigla riders took the start line of the eighth edition of Dwars door Vlaanderen today. With its start in Tielt and finale in Waregem, the 108km-long route featured six hellingen as well as three cobbled sectors, in what proved to be a testing day for the peloton. After around 50km of racing, a group of 11 successfully went clear. The Bigla riders took turns at the front of the main field to try to bring back the escapees, however with the leading group containing several race favourites, and many very strong riders, this would be no easy feat. After a series of attacks from the leading group pushed up the pace, it became impossible for the Bigla riders to reel the leaders back in, despite their best efforts. Ellen van Dijk attacked from the lead group and ended up soloing to victory. The highest-placed Bigla rider today was Julie Leth, who finished the day in 19th position. These photos from Sean Robinson, Vélofocus photographer, tell the story of a typical day on Belgian roads: 

 

The Bigla riders attend the sign-on ahead of the race. Martina Alzini is a picture of concentration ahead of the start. 

 

 
 

Julie Leth rides back from sign-on ahead of the race, kitted out for the cold Belgian weather that lies ahead.

 

The peloton speed by a wood of silver birches.

 

Julie Leth rides up the Côte de Trieu. The Danish rider would later be the team's highest-placed finisher, in 19th position. 

 

Nicole Hanselmann also takes on the Côte de Trieu as she returns from the convoy.

 

Maria Vittoria Sperotto races across the Varent cobbled sector, as the weather began to warm up somewhat on the road to Waregem.

 

Our New Zealand rider, Mikayla Harvey, also takes on the Belgian hellingen.

 

Mikayla Harvey after an exhausting race.  

Martina Alzini is assisted by the team soigneurs as she recovers from the efforts of a hard day in the saddle.

Photos by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com