Verbeke becomes first Belgian winner of Flanders

Lotto rider takes emotional win ahead of bunch

Grace Verbeke (Lotto Ladies Team) continued her good run of form with the biggest win of her career in Sunday’s women’s Tour of Flanders. The Belgian was one of the main aggressors, attacking on the fourth of nine climbs and then dropping her breakaway companion, Adrie Visser (HTC-Columbia), on the final climb of the Bosberg, with 12 of the 120km remaining, to score a popular solo win in Ninove.

The race was doubly significant for 25-year old Verbeke, being the biggest win of her career and also the first home win in the seventh edition of the women’s race. Her tactics were strongly influenced by the conditions, she explained at the finish.

“On the Molenberg [the fourth climb, after 74km] I forced it, and went hard,” said Verbeke. “It was not the plan - I wanted to go on the Muur [-Kapelmuur, the eighth and penultimate climb, 16km from the finish] but it was very muddy and very tricky, so I just wanted to be first up. I forced it and when I looked back I had a nice gap, which was a surprise.

“On the Muur the atmosphere was fantastic,” continued Verbeke. “Everyone was chanting my name, and I didn’t even feel myself pedalling - I couldn’t feel my legs, it was as though I was being pushed. When I got away on my own I felt I had the legs to stay away.

“I was very strong today. It’s a race I worked very hard for so I was in good shape. It means so much to me, in the first place because I’m a Belgian girl in a Belgian race. This is Flanders, so it’s very big for me and big for the sponsor of my team. It’s amazing.”

Marianne Vos, who was one of several crash victims, recovered to win the sprint for second from a small chasing group in Ninove.

Full Results
1Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team3:09:27 
2Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit0:00:03 
3Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam  
4Emma Johansson (Swe) Redsun Cycling Team  
5Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Columbia Women  
6Chantal Blaak (Ned) Leontien.nl  
7Noemi Cantele (Ita) HTC Columbia Women  
8Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Columbia Women  
9Regina Bruins (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam0:00:08 
10Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit0:00:51 
11Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara0:01:47 
12Monia Baccaille (Ita) Team Valdarno  
13Brooke Miller (USA) TIBCO  
14Martine Bras (Ned) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
15Andrea Bosman (Ned) Leontien.nl  
16Angela Hennig (Ger) Noris Cycling  
17Iris Slappendel (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam  
18Carla Swart (RSA) MTN Energade  
19Sjoukje Dufoer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Thompson  
20Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Cervelo TestTeam  
21Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Columbia Women  
22Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara  
23Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
24Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Redsun Cycling Team  
26Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
27Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
28Nicole Cooke (GBr) Great Britain  
29Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
30Irina Molicheva (Rus) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
31Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
32Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australia  
33Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team  
34Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervelo TestTeam  
35Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Team Valdarno  
36Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) HTC Columbia Women  
37Elena Berlato (Ita) Togo  
38Trixi Worrack (Ger) Noris Cycling  
39Alona Andruk (Ukr) Safi - Pasta Zara  
40Edwige Pitel (Fra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
41Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO  
42Karin Aune (Swe) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
43Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team0:04:27 
44Andrea Dvorak (USA) United States Of America  
45Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Netherlands  
46Amber Neben (USA) United States Of America  
47Loes Markerink (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
48Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team  
49Janneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
50Petra Dijkman (Ned) Redsun Cycling Team  
51Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) TIBCO  
52Uenia Fernandes Da Souza (Bra) Acs Chirio - Forno d'Asolo  
53Marissa Van Der Merwe (RSA) MTN Energade  
54Lucinda Brand (Ned) Leontien.nl  
56Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Australia  
57Martina Corazza (Ita) Team Valdarno0:06:24 
58Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Thompson0:06:32 
59Alessandra D'ettorre (Ita) Togo  
60Marta Vila Josana Andreu (Spa) Team Valdarno  
61Martina Zwick (Ger) Germany  
62Tania Belvederesi (Ita) Team Valdarno  
63Corine Hierckens (Bel) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
64Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Columbia Women0:08:17 
65Robyn De Groot (RSA) MTN Energade0:08:54 
66Sigrid Corneo (Slo) Togo  
67Valentina Carretta (Ita) Togo  
68Giada Borgato (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
69Lylanie Lauwrens (RSA) MTN Energade  
70Marie Lindberg (Swe) Redsun Cycling Team  
71Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) Hitec Products UCK  
72Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
73Sophie Creux (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion  
74Jessie Daams (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Thompson0:11:03 
76Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
77Olena Oliinyk (Ukr) Acs Chirio - Forno d'Asolo  
78Lotte Van Hoek (Ned) Netherlands  
79Emma Trott (GBr) Great Britain0:12:07 
80Laure Werner (Bel) Redsun Cycling Team  
81Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
82Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
83Katie Colclough (GBr) Great Britain  
84Janel Holcomb (USA) United States Of America  
85Martina Ruzickova (Cze) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
86Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Togo  
87Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products UCK  
88Barbara Guarischi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
89Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Redsun Cycling Team  
90Edita Unguryte (Ltu) Acs Chirio - Forno d'Asolo  
91Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Leontien.nl  
92Trine Schmidt (Den) MTN Energade  
93Anne Eversdijk (Ned) Netherlands0:12:35 
94Sinead Miller (USA) United States Of America  
95Bridie O'donnell (Aus) Team Valdarno  
96Kristine Saastad (Nor) Hitec Products UCK0:12:53 
97Winanda Spoor (Ned) Netherlands0:13:04 
98Dani King (GBr) Great Britain0:13:47 
99Ine Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Thompson  
100Tetyana Mykhaylova (Ukr) Acs Chirio - Forno d'Asolo  
101Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Safi - Pasta Zara  
102Fröydis Waerstad (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
103Monica Holler (Swe) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
104Nadia Triquet-Claude (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
105Tone Hatteland (Nor) Hitec Products UCK0:18:51 
106Hannah Welter (Ned) Netherlands  
107Daniela Pintarelli (Aut) Kuota Speed Kueens0:19:57 
108Hannah Mayho (GBr) Great Britain  
109Bettina Barbara Tesar (Aut) Kuota Speed Kueens  
110Laura Dittmann (Ger) Germany  
111Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) Acs Chirio - Forno d'Asolo  
112Dorleta Zorrilla Braceras (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
113Giulia Lazzerini (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  

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