Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team stamped their authority on the 2018 Women’s Tour of Flanders with a team performance for the ages, as Anna van der Breggen and Amy Pieters went 1-2 in the biggest race on the Women’s WorldTour calendar. After Amalie Dideriksen, Christine Majerus, and Amy Pieters forced the pace and reduced the peloton to ten riders, Anna van der Breggen launched her winning move up to the Oude Kwaremont, covering the last 27 kilometers solo for one of the biggest victories of her incredible career. Behind, her teammates shut down any attempts to chase, eventually finishing the day with four riders in the top ten.
Both Boels-Dolmans and Canyon//SRAM Racing are exclusively racing disc brakes for the entire 2018 season, and to great success. In the wet and cold beginning to the 2018 Women’s WorldTour, riders on SRAM RED eTap HRD® have won four of the first six races, with an impressive five slots in the top ten at Flanders.
In the men’s race, 23 year-old and three-time defending cyclocross world champion Wout van Aert of Veranda’s Willems-Crelan confirmed his massive road talent, finishing in ninth place in his Tour of Flanders debut. Guided by the advice of teammate and two-time winner Stijn Devolder, and manager and 2011 champion Nick Nuyens, van Aert stayed calm, followed the right moves, and came away with an excellent top ten result in his first Monument. Katusha-Alpecin’s young contender Nils Politt animated much of the race with his attacks and held on for an excellent 17th place.