Lucinda Brand launches late attack to win women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Dutch riders dominate the racing at the first big European women's event of the 2017 season in Belgium

Lucinda Brand wins women's 2017 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the first European race of the women’s professional season, saw the Dutch dominate. Team Sunweb’s women’s team are registered in the Netherlands and it was new signing Lucinda Brand who took the honours, with her compatriot and new team-mate Ellen van Dijk in fourth place.

After a flurry of attacks in the final 20 kilometres, the 27-year-old went clear of the remaining group of six riders, soloing to victory, some 15 seconds ahead of second-placed Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans).

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.