This year’s La Flèche Wallonne Féminine promises to be an exciting one with four previous winners on the line including Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv), who is at the start of her comeback season and has not yet participated in any of the events on the new Women’s WorldTour. Vos will line up alongside her teammates Anna van der Breggen and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, and Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans), all of whom have won on the Mur de Huy.
Vos is a five-time winner of La Flèche Wallonne Féminine (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013). Stevens won in 2012, Ferrand Prevot won in 2014 and van der Breggen will start as the defending champion having won it last year.
La Flèche Wallonne Féminine marks the sixth round of the Women's WorldTour held on April 20 in Belgium. World champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) is currently leading the rankings after the first five rounds.
Armitstead won the rounds at Strade Bianche, Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Cittiglio and the Tour of Flanders and currently has 368 points. She is leading her teammate Chantal Blaak, who won the round at Gent-Wevelgem and briefly held the ranking lead until Armtitstead reclaimed it at Flanders, who has 343. Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5) is sitting in third place with 285 points and Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) is in fourth with 240 points.
Armitstead will be on the start line of La Flèche Wallonne with her dominant Boels-Dolmans team, supported by Megan Guarnier and Stevens.
Orica – AIS will likely support Annemiek van Vleuten, who placed second last year. Wiggle High5 will support Emma Johansson, who has finished in the top 10 on all the WorldTour events to date and recently won stage 1 at Emakumeen Bira. Wiggle High5 will also field Elisa Longo Borghini, who placed second in 2013 and third in 2014.
This year's La Flèche Wallonne Féminine will host a 137km race on two circuits in Belgium. Both circuits will travel over sharp climbs; Cote d'Ereffe, Cote de Bellaire, Cote de Bohissau, Cote de Soliere and the Mur de Huy. However, on the last circuit, the peloton will also travel over the Cote de Cherave before the final trip up the Mur de Huy.
25 women’s teams for La Flèche Wallonne Féminine
Orica – AIS
Australian National Team
Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team
Lotto Soudal Ladies
Topsport Vlaanderen – Etixx
Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope 86
French National Team
Canyon Sram Racing
Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
Inpa – Bianchi
Astana Women's Team
Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
Btc City Ljubljana
Bizkaia – Durango
Cylance Pro Cycling