Grace Brown takes solo win at Brugge-DePanne: I didn't think I'd pull it off, but I did!
Mar 26 2021 07:09 am CET

Grace Brown takes solo win at Brugge-DePanne: I didn't think I'd pull it off, but I did!
Grace Brown takes solo win at Brugge-DePanne: I didn't think I'd pull it off, but I did!
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Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) has taken a solo win at the Oxyclean Classic Brugge-De Panne, her first WorldTour victory.

The team's new signings Teniel Campbell and Arianna Fidanza made an outstanding job for the Australian to stay in front of the peloton in the last stretch of the 158.8-kilometre race. The small group that was in front on the final part of the competition included many sprinters, so Brown decided to play her cards and launched a move just after the ten kilometre mark that was strong enough for her to take a solo win.

"I'm in shock really, because the first half of the race I didn't feel like I was racing very well, but then I managed to get into the echelon," said the winner of the race. "I was the only one of our team in that group and all the other top sprinters were there, so I knew that if I was going to have any chance I'd have to attack at some point. So I gave it a go, I didn't think I'd pull it off, but I did!

"The gap got up to 20 seconds and it sort of held around there most of the time, I think it came down a little bit towards the end, but I just managed to hold on. Teniel and Ari did a really good job in the crosswinds, especially on the first local lap, that created the first split in the peloton and then I think all the other teams were ready for that point on the second lap and that's when it split the second time. The girls were really helpful getting me into position just before that happened, so it was a good team effort."
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