The Italian Marta Bastianelli has given her spring even more shine with a victory in The Brabantse Pijl for Elite Women. After her victory in Gent-Wevelgem, it was the second victory for the rider of Alé Cipollini in the Flanders Classics spring races. In the sprint she beat the Canadian Leah Kirchmann (Sunweb) and Marianne Vos (WaowDeals).
This year Flanders Classics transforms the Pajot Hills Classic into the Brabantse Pijl Women Elite. On Wednesday April 11th 2018, the women will ride their first Brabantse Pijl consisting of 136.8 km in the heart of the Payottenland. With the Bosberg, the Congoberg and two tough cobble sections, it will definitely be an exciting cycling spectacle. Who will succeed the Australian Annette Edmondson and become the new ‘Flandrienne’?
The Pajot Hills Classic was created in 2016, a UCI 1.2 race which attracted a lot of beautiful names to the Payottenland. With start and arrival in Gooik, the Pajot Hills Classic was the ideal preparation race for elite women between Ghent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders. From 2018 onwards the Pajot Hills Classic will go through life as the Brabantse Pijl Women Elite. The first edition under the flag of the Brabantse Pijl and co-organizer Flanders Classics will take place on Wednesday April 11th.