Posted by Drops 15/03/2017 0 Comment(s)

Race Report: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad



 The first weekend in Europe saw back to back racing with Omloop van het Hageland following Omloop het Nieuwsblad. The race covered 126 kilometres with a difficult cobbled section on an undulating course.


Like the previous race, this was a fast and tense affair with nobody prepared to give too much away. Lucy Shaw and Annie Simpson both suffered from early crashes while Abi van Twisk rode well in the front group before falling away in the last thirty kilometres.


Rebecca Durrell put in a superb shift to get herself in contention for a top thirty finish. She found herself in the front group only to be denied by a cruel puncture and crash towards the end of the race.


Suzy Zorzi lead Drops over the line in 30th position, she explained after the race that despite feeling positive, her race perhaps suffered as a result of two races in just forty-eight hours.


“The race was quite sketchy, this added with high pace meant the race was harder than previous years,” she said.


“It settled after fifty kilometres as we hit the first small cobbled climb. I managed to stay in a good position in the front group but as we entered the smaller local lap we hit the smaller narrow roads. The cross winds played havoc and it became very difficult.


“Having raced the day before my legs were tired towards the end, I’m happy with the way I raced and the fact I was in the front at the end.


“I’m pleased with the positioning in the group throughout and I’m looking forward to racing again in Strade Bianche.”


Before Suzy’s next race, Drops had another race in Belgium to contend with. Le Samyn Des Dames was next on the agenda before the UCI Women’s World Tour Opener.