Classic Brugge-De Panne


Classic Brugge-De Panne


Fourth place for Lonneke Uneken in Bruges - De Panne


Brugge - De Panne had a chaotic finale with a massive crash 15km from the end. Lonneke Uneken, the spearhead of Team SD Worx in the fourth WorldTour race of the year, was held up by this, so it took her energy to get back in the right position for the sprint. "Sour that I miss the podium," the 22-year-old Dutch rider said afterwards.

In a sunny Bruges-De Panne with little wind, a sprint was inevitable. On the second passage after the Moeren, Team SD Worx tried to put the peloton on the side to form a fan, but the wind was just not right to break it up. "It was just too much back wind to make an echelon," said Lonneke Uneken.

The peloton stayed together, but some riders noticed a narrowing in the middle of the road too late, causing a massive crash. Uneken: "Roxanne Fournier fell and Elena Cecchini and I were caugh behind so we lost important time. Elena brought me back perfectly with an impressive effort. Luckily I could limit the damage and didn't waist too much energy, but in the sprint I missed that little bit of freshness because of the chaotic last 15 kilometres."

In the sprint, Lotte Kopecky eventually brought Uneken into position. The Dutch rider just missed out of the podium after Elisa Balsamo, Lorena Wiebes and Martha Bastianelli. "It's sour to finish fourth. If you can achieve this after such a hectic final, there was more in it. Today was a great opportunity for me, so I am a bit disappointed. Our team was strong today. We deserved more than a fourth place. The fact that I was on the podium as best young rider is just a consolation prize. Although I take with me that the legs are really good," Uneken looked ahead optimistically.

Date: 24/03/2022
Distance: 158.8km
Categorie: 1.WWT

Team management

Anna van der Breggen
Lars Boom
Danny Stam


1Elisa Balsamo
2Lorena Wiebes
3Marta Bastianelli
4Lonneke Uneken
5Maria Martins
6Emma Norsgaard
7Chiara Consonni
8Alice Barnes
9Lotte Kopecky
10Clara Copponi

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11/03/2022Drentse acht van Westerveld 134 kmChristine MajerusChristine Majerus (1°)
12/03/2022Tour of Drenthe 156 kmLorena WiebesLotte Kopecky (3°)
16/03/2022Danilith Nokere Koerse 125.9 kmLorena WiebesLotte Kopecky (2°)
20/03/2022Trofeo Alfredo Binda Elisa BalsamoChantal van den Broek-Blaak (4°)
27/03/2022Gent-Wevelgem Elisa BalsamoLotte Kopecky (4°)
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