Team Sunweb’s Julia Soek sprinted from the breakaway to take the victory at Erondegemse Pijl yesterday.
After demonstrating her strength in the breakaway throughout the day, Julia sprinted to the first win of her professional career at Erondegemse Pijl. When it became likely that the breakaway’s efforts would prevail, the 26-year-old launched an attack on a challenging section of the parcours to power past her companions and sprint to the victory.
After the race Julia said: “I’m really happy with this win. Myself and Coryn were on the start line so the plan was for me to ride in the break so Coryn could save energy for if the race came down to a sprint. Before we entered the last lap there was a harder part that went slightly uphill, I took the chance to attack and managed to get away with two other riders. I won the sprint from the group and then Coryn finished 4th from the bunch. It was a really good day for us and I’m delighted to take the win.”
Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans added: “We wanted to give Julia her own chance for the win in finale. She took that chance with both hands and was really strong throughout the race so things went exactly as we would have liked. Her strength during the race was phenomenal and she is for sure the deserved winner. To have Coryn win the sprint from the bunch is like a double win for us, it was a brilliant ride for the team.”