A change in route and the introduction of the Taaienberg would make the 2019 women’s edition of Ronde van Vlaanderen the toughest yet. The morning breakaway escaped early and with the peloton happy with the situation behind, the seven riders ahead quickly built up an advantage of over three minutes. The status quo was maintained for a while but with the famous Muur van Geraardsbergen coming at just over 70 kilometres to go, the pace was up in the peloton and the breakaway’s gap started to diminish.
Things were all back together with 45 kilometres left and with the Taaienberg looming, the speed was still high within the bunch and Team Sunweb were prominent near the front of the peloton. No one managed to attack off the front but instead the bunch was thinned by riders dropping out the back.
It would be the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg combination that properly split up the race and a group managed to get away, containing eventual race winner Bastianelli. Team Sunweb were represented in the third group with Floortje Mackaij and Lucinda Brand, attempting to chase those ahead. The race wouldn’t come back though, and the group would eventually sprint for eighth place, with Brand delivering a strong kick to come home in ninth on the day.