Australian Grace Brown earned BikeExchange its first win in the 2021 Women’s WorldTour at Brugge De Panne on Thursday. The 28-year-old finished the 99-mile race seven seconds ahead of Movistar’s Emma Norsgaard and SD Worx’s Julien D’Hoore.
“I’m in shock really, because the first half of the race I didn’t feel like I was racing very well, but then I managed to get into the echelon. I was the only one of our team in that group and all the other top sprinters were there, so I knew that if I was going to have any chance I’d have to attack at some point. So I gave it a go, I didn’t think I’d pull it off, but I did!” Grace said.
“The gap got up to 20 seconds and it sort of held around there most of the time, I think it came down a little bit towards the end, but I just managed to hold on.
“Teniel and Ari did a really good job in the crosswinds, especially on the first local lap, that created the first split in the peloton and then I think all the other teams were ready for that point on the second lap and that’s when it split the second time. The girls were really helpful getting me into position just before that happened, so it was a good team effort.”
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