“[Maybe] the other women and me were [too] fast or the men [too] slow,” she later joked on Instagram.
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Today was the first spring classic in Belgium. I attacked after 7km, and was alone in the break for around 30km...but then a awkward moment happend and I almost saw the back of the men's peloton... May the other women and me were to fast or the men to slow🙈 After the neutralization, I was caught up again and finished the race on the 74th place. 🚴🏻♀️ #bigla #chapter2 #endura #ohn #ohn19 #ohnwomen #roadrace #springclassic #sheridesroad #sufferfest #womenpower 📸: @velofocus
Whatever the case, organizers held up the women’s field for 10 minutes to create distance between the men and women.
“We came too close to the men’s so we had to get a neutral time gap again so it was a bit sad for me because I was in a good mood and when the bunch sees you stopping, they just get a new motivation to catch you,” Hanselmann, the former Swiss national champion, told Cycling News. “The race jury just said we had to neutralize the race because we are getting too close to the men. We could just see the ambulances of the men’s race. I think we stopped for five or seven minutes, and then it just kills your chances.”
When the 123-kilometer race from Ghent to Ninove restarted, Hanselmann was given a head start but lost her advantage. She finished 74th, with Chantal Blaak of the Boels team winning.
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