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  The fifth round of the Lotto Cycling Cup Trofee Maarten Wynants is an open race with the majority of the top UCI women's teams either racing in China or preparing for the second part of the season. Last year Maaike Polspoel got the jump on Amy Cure to take the win while Liesbet De Vocht rounded out the podium.

2014 Results

2 Amy CURE +1
3 Liesbet DE VOCHT +3
4 Lotta LEPISTÖ +3
5 Daniela GASS +3
6 Martina ZWICK +3
7 Hannah WALKER +3
8 Kaat HANNES +3
9 Sofie DE VUYST +3
10 Jessie DAAMS +3

Past Winners

2014 - Maaike Polspoel

The Route

12 laps of a 10km circuit for a total of 120 kilometres. There is some minor undulating on the circuit but nothing that should prove decisive. With around 1.5km to go the road kicks up and there is a rise of around one kilometre before a flat finish.

The Contenders

Start list available here

Maaike Polspoel

Took the win last year riding for the Belgium national team and has been a late inclusion in the national squad this year giving her an opportunity to defend last years victory. Repeating victory will not be easy especially without one day of racing at UCI level in her legs.

Sofie De Vuyst

Always consistent in one day races especially those in Belgium and part of the Lotto Cycling Cup. A strong rider who can handle short climbs and still packs a strong finish from a select group. Would probably prefer a harder course but the rise ahead of the finish suits her. Currently sitting third in the overall standings and with a number 1 Jolien D'hoore and 2 Kaat Hannes not racing a strong ride will see her take the lead.

Janneke Ensing

Second at Gent-Wevelgem and fifth at Omloop van het Hageland back in March and has continued her strong run of results in recent months. 11th overall at the Energiewacht Tour an impressive 13th at La Flèche Wallonne. Infiltrated the break on stage two of Festival Luxembourgeois Elsy Jacobs to finish 11th overall and then picked up sixth last weekend at Rabobank 7-Dorpenomloop Aalburg. The lack of pure sprinters here is to her advantage and with the rise heading in to the finish it would be a surprise if Ensing was not around the mark.

Natalie van Gogh

At 40 Van Gogh might be one of the oldest riders in the peloton but that hasn't stopped her picking up strong results this season. Finished seventh at Gent-Wevelgem and Rabobank 7-Dorpenomloop Aalburg and was second from a break at Ronde van Overijssel. The lack of big name sprinters could see Van Gogh again on the podium.

Jessie Daams

Finished 10th last year and while Daams is always consistent it is not really a course for her. The lack of climbing puts her at a disadvantage but still packs a strong finish. Not one that can match the pure sprinters but in this field and taking in to account the rise ahead of the finish Daams is likely to again be around the mark.

Laura Trott and Molly Weaver

The Matrix Fitness squad have been posting some solid results in one day races particularly in Belgium. British Champion Laura Trott is quick on the line and was racing well at Festival Luxembourgeois Elsy Jacobs. With the lack of pure sprinters here it could be an opportunity for Trott to take a win in the national champions jersey. Molly Weaver finished eighth at Cholet Pays de Loire Dames as part of the first chase group. Not as fast on the line but another strong option for the team. Watch out as well for Elinor Barker who has been showing some of her best form on the road since her junior days. Might get an opportunity for herself but don't forget Barker was key in one of Lucy Garner's junior road world titles leading her out.

Rebecca Mackey

Keep an eye on under 23 Australian and Oceania time trial champion Rebecca Mackey. Racing her first race in Europe with Aprire-HSS Hire. It is a course she could do well on and if she gets away solo or with a small group will be able to drive it to the line and will be hard to bring back.

Other names to watch: Kelly Druyts, Jacqueline Hahn, Lucy Martin, Sara Mustonen and Sanne Cant.
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