Bigla Cycling Team: Hogan Takes First Season Victory
Joanne Hogan wins Flèche Wanzoise +++ Vera Koedooder finished in 4th place and determines race action at Le Samyn des Dames
Bigla Cycling Team celebrated their first season victory yesterday. Australian Joanne Hogan won the Flèche Wanzoise in Belgium in front of Aude Biannic (Lointek) and Floortje Mackaij (Giant-Shimano). Defending champion Vera Koedooder finished in 4th place.
Half the distance of the 82 kilometre race, a group of about 15 riders formed a break, with Hogan, Koedooder and Taryn Heather being also involved. The escapees worked very well together. In the final, Vera Koedooder was the first to attack, but was caught just a few kilometres later. Joanne Hogan and Aude Biannic formed a new break and held off the chasers. Hogan outsprinted Mackaij clearly and won the race. Koedooder became 2nd in the sprint of the followers and finished in 4th place.
"It was our 2nd race this season and we already took the victory. That's absolutely fantastic", Bigla team manager Email Zimmermann cheered. "All of our riders rode very well and deserved the victory. Only Nicole Hanselmann had bad luck when she punctured and lost contact to the field", Mario Vonhof, Bigla sports director, said.
On Wednesday Bigla Cycling Team already took part at Le Samyn des Dames. The 111.6 kilometre one-day race was full of attacks. The first to go was Vera Koedooder, who went solo on the first lap, but her move did not last over the top of the cobbled Côte de Montignies sur Roc as she only had an advantage of 30 seconds over the field. The peloton pulled back but then split in numerous groups. Joanne Hogan finished in 38th place out of the first group.