The day after finishing the grueling Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Canada’s Leah Kirchmann took third in Sunday’s Omloop van Het Hageland in Belgium. Kirchmann gives Sunweb another podium in the young season, Coryn Rivera having also nabbed third in the last stage of the recent Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. Marta Bastianelli, second in Het Nieuwsbald, gave her Team Virtu a fine victory on Sunday.
— Leah Kirchmann (@L_Kirch) March 3, 2019
While Bastianelli was battling Lotta Lepistö of red-hot Trek-Segafredo on the left side of the reduced bunch sprint, Kirchmann powered to third on the right, beating out French rider Roxane Fournier, new to Movistar this season.
— Lotta Lepistö fans (@LepistoFans) March 3, 2019
Like the Cobbled Classics, this is Kirchmann’s season opener, her fourth campaign with the team.
The Women’s WorldTour finally gets underway on Saturday with the Strade Bianche in Italy. Teams have not released their lineups yet. Last year world champion Anna van der Breggen won her first of four WorldTour Spring Classics at Strade Bianche.