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2012 European Championships - Goes: U23 Women RR
By Bart Hazen
Date: 8/15/2012
2012 European Championships - Goes: U23 Women RR

2012 European Championships - Goes: U23 Women RR
Evelyn Arys rounds off perfect teamwork to take gold for Belgium. Italy and The Netherlands second and third with Guarischi and De Baat. Photos!

Belgian Evelyn Arys has won the European Championships Women U23 in Goes (August 11). Arys was the best in the fieldsprint over Italian Barbara Guarischi and Holland's Kim de Baat. Valentina Scandolara, Roxane Fournier, Amy Pieters, Agne Silinyte, Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier, Natalia Mielink and Karolina Garczynska completed the top ten.

Evelyn Arys sprints to the European title in Goes. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

The race over 129 km (6 laps of 21,5 km) was held in sunny weather conditions. 26 degrees and less wind made it a very tough day in the saddle. In the first three laps there were several break attempts but they were neutralized immediately by the Italians and Germans.

Barbara Guarischi and Kim de Baat second and third. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

About halfway the race Anna van der Breggen (The Netherlands) launched the first remarkable attack together with Elena Cecchini (Italy). The two created a 16 seconds gap but due to the work of Belgium and Germany the two were reeled in a few kilometers ahead. In the penultimate lap Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy), Amy Pieters (The Netherlands) and Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Germany) attacked. The three were later joined by Ivanna Borovychenko (Ukraine). The four worked well together, created a 25 seconds lead but were caught in the final lap due to the tremendous work of Jessie Daams, Sanne Cant, Kaat Hannes, Jolien D'Hoore and Anisha Vekemans.

Amy Pieters in the break with Elisa Longo Borghini, Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier and Ivanna Borovychenko. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

In the final lap defending champion Larisa Pankova, Anna van der Breggen and Elena Cecchini tried to break clear once again but were caught within the final two kilometers. The Belgian team perfectly led out Evelyn Arys for her biggest win in her career. Two years ago she already became Belgian national champion.

The Belgians did a lot of work to chase down the breaks. Arys rounded off the perfect work. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

1 ARYS, Evelyn Belgium 3:13:43
2 GUARISCHI, Barbara Italy
3 DE BAAT, Kim Netherlands
4 SCANDOLARA, Valentina Italy
5 FOURNIER, Roxane France
6 PIETERS, Amy Netherlands

Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier was very active in the race. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

7 SILINYTE, Agne Lithuania
8 SCHNITZMEIER,Anna Bianca Germany
9 MIELNIK, Natalia Poland
10 GARCZYNSKA, Karolina Poland
11 BOROVYCHENKO, Ivanna Ukraine
12 WEISS, Sandra Switzerland

The bunch in the early laps. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

13 VAN DER KAMP, Laura Netherlands
15 RATTO, Rossella Italy
16 BIANNIC, Aude France
17 KONONENKO, Valeriia Ukraine
18 HAHN, Jacqueline Austria

The bunch on the cobbles in Wemeldinge. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

19 VAN DER BREGGEN, Anna Netherlands
20 PERCHTOLD, Christina Austria
21 KOSTER, Anouska Netherlands
22 UEBELHART, Jessica Switzerland
23 HOFMANN, Sarah-Lena Germany
24 EHRLER, Désirée Switzerland

The area is perfect for sailing, swimming, diving etc. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

25 OSHURKOVA, Ielizaveta Ukraine
26 WEISS, Martina Switzerland
27 IVANIUK, Maryna Ukraine
28 SOSNA, KataZina Lithuania
30 FISCHER, Lisa Germany

It was a beautiful day for the riders. One of the first times it is perfect weather when racing in Zeeland. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

31 ROUSSE, Marion France
32 PANKOVA, Larisa Russian Federation
33 LUDWIG, Marie-Therese Germany
34 RIST, Liisi Estonia
35 KRÖGER, Mieke Germany
36 GUZ, Paulina Poland

Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

37 SKJOLDEN, Marthe Emilie Norway
38 ZHGAROVA, Ludmila Russian Federation
39 POSKAITE, Egle Lithuania
40 SOEK, Julia Netherlands
41 LESUEUR, Mélodie France
42 VORELAND, Marie Norway

Julia Soek. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

43 SLIK, Rozanne Netherlands
44 MASIUKOVICH, Volha Belarus
45 SOUYRIS, Manon France
46 MISHINA, Maria Russian Federation
47 BOCHARNIKOVA, Elena Russian Federation
48 CONFALONIERI,Mvdria Giul Italy

The bunch remained together for the first half of the race. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

49 RIJKES, Sarah Austria
50 DEMAY , Coralie France
51 DONATO, Giulia Italy +0:16
52 LONGO BORGHINI, Elisa Italy
53 VEKEMANS, Anisha Belgium +0:20
54 CECCHINI, Elena Italy +0:37

Evelyn Arys. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

55 D'HOORE, Jolien Belgium +0:57
56 CANT, Sanne Belgium
57 HANNES, Kaat Belgium
58 DAAMS, Jessie Belgium
Full result

The podium. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

Evelyn Arys - Barbara Guarischi. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

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