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Chantal Blaak takes surprise win in women’s road race at World Championships

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Chantal Blaak bergen 2017 road race

Chantal Blaak is the new Women’s Road World Champion after The Dutch rider attacked from the front group in the last 10 kilometres and crossed the finish line on her own.

Blaak attacked from the front group with six kilometres to go and, after crashing earlier in the race, the 27-year-old crossed the finish line on her own and became the new World Champion.

Katrin Garfoot (Australia) took silver and last year’s champion Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark) got Bronze.

“No, I can’t believe it. Everything happened in the race: I crashed, it took a pretty long time to get back up, I was in a lot of pain — in that moment I thought my race was over,” said Blaak about her crash with around 65km to ride.

“(Then) I thought I can come back and see what I can do. The plan was not that I should win the race but to do my best possible for the team.

“After that (attack) I just followed my heart and stayed away.”

2017 World Championships – Women’s Road Race results:

1Chantal Blaak (Netherlands)

4:06:30

2Katrin Garfoot (Australia)

+28”

3Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark)

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4Annemiek Van Vleuten (Netherlands)

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5Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Poland)

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6Christine Majerus (Luxembourg)

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7Susanne Andersen (Norway)

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8Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands)

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9Emilia Fahlin (Sweden)

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10Elena Cecchini (Italy)

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11Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France)

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12Leah Kirchmann (Canada)

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13Lucinda Brand (Netherlands)

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14Hannah Barnes (Great Britain)

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15Ellen Van Dijk (Netherlands)

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16Rasa Leleivyte (Lithuania)

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17Sheyla Gutierrez (Spain)

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18Coryn Rivera (USA)

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19Sarah Roy (Australia)

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20Danielle King (Great Britain)

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