Marta Bastianelli bags Ghent-Wevelgem success for Alé-Cipollini

The Italian took her first WorldTour victory ahead of Jolien D’hoore and Lisa Klein

Marta Bastianelli wins 2018 Ghent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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Former world champion Marta Bastianelli won Sunday’s Ghent-Wevelgem women’s race, out-sprinting Belgian champion Jolien D’hoore (Mitchelton-Scott), with young German rider Lisa Klein (Canyon-SRAM) third.

The sprint came at the end of a wonderfully aggressive final 10 kilometres, Team Sunweb instigating a series of stinging attacks from the final selection of 33 riders. Last year’s winner, sprinter Coryn Rivera was one of the first to go, apparently sacrificing her chances for that of Ellen van Dijk.

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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.