Boels Ladies Tour: Van Vleuten wins prologue

Time trial world champion takes first leader's jersey for second year in a row

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) lined up for the Boels Ladies Tour as defending champion, both of the overall race and the starting prologue. Starting last, the Dutch rider lived up to her billing, covering the 3.3-kilometre course in 4:22, and beating her closest competitor Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) by a whole seven seconds. Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) rounded out an all-Dutch podium.

The city-centre course in Arnhem included a few technical turns, some cobblestones and the inevitable Dutch road furniture. But long straights on a bike path, and along the Rhine riverbank, meant that power output was as important as bike-handling skills, if not more so.

In overcast, but dry conditions, Anabelle Dreville (Lotto Soudal Ladies), Rozanne Slik (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), Pauliena Rooijakkers (WaowDeals), and Alice Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) all briefly occupied the hotseat before Jolien D'hoore (Mitchelton-Scott) set a benchmark time of 4:36.

This was beaten by D'hoore's teammate Sarah Roy who shaved another two seconds off the leading time, but then Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb) took the hotseat with a time of 4:31. The Canadian's time stood for a long while many riders failed to best her benchmark. Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb), Lisa Klein (Canyon-SRAM), and Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) all came within two seconds of Kirchmann but could not beat her. Lisa Brennauer (Wiggle High5) was only a few tenths of a second slower.

The last three riders off the start ramp were the three top favourites: European ITT champion Ellen van Dijk bested her teammate's time and took the lead with 4:30. But van Dijk barely got off her bike before penultimate starter, Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen, came to the finish, stopping the clock at 4:29.

But this time did not stand for long, either. Annemiek van Vleuten did a great prologue in her time trial world champion's skinsuit, shaving an astonishing seven seconds off van der Breggen's effort for a winning time of 4:22.

"I almost could not believe how big my advantage was, last year in Wageningen it was five seconds on 4.3 km," van Vleuten said in a TV interview before the podium ceremony.

"I rode the course in reconnaissance until I was not allowed to any more, trying to find the perfect line. I really wanted to do my very best. Maybe I could have taken some turns even better, there is always something to improve. But I am preparing for the world championships, today was not a now-or-never day. I took a few risks, but not extremely so."

Van Vleuten will start the first road stage of the race, 137.9 kilometres around Nijmegen, in the orange race leader's jersey. The white jersey for the best U23 rider will be worn by Lisa Klein.

 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton Scott Women0:04:22 
2Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:07 
3Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:00:08 
4Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women0:00:09 
5Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle High5  
6Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:00:10 
7Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:11 
8Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
9Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women0:00:12 
10Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:13 
11Anouska Koster (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
12Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Mitchelton Scott Women0:00:14 
13Mieke Kröger (Ger) Team Virtu Cycling  
14Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
15Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
16Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women0:00:15 
17Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women0:00:17 
18Riejanne Markus (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:00:18 
19Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High50:00:19 
20Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team  
21Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:20 
22Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
23Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle High5  
24Christina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu Cycling0:00:21 
25Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
26Leah Thomas (USA) United States  
27Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb Women  
28Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:00:22 
29Tayler Wiles (USA) United States  
30Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
31Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:23 
32Amy Cure (Aus) Wiggle High5  
33Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
34Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM0:00:24 
35Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
36Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
37Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:25 
38Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton Scott Women  
39Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
40Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:00:26 
41Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar PBM  
42Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
43Paulien Rooijakkers (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
44Lily Williams (USA) United States0:00:27 
45Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:00:28 
46Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
47Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar PBM  
48Janneke Ensing (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
49Christa Riffel (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:29 
50Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
51Anastasiia Iakovenko (Rus) BTC City Ljubljana  
52Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
53Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:00:30 
54Elena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
55Louise Norman Hansen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
56Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini  
57Esther Van Veen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
58Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:00:31 
59Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
60Loes Adegeest (Ned) Netherlands  
61Jelena Eric (Srb) Cylance Pro Cycling  
62Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:32 
63Danique Braam (Ned) Netherlands  
64Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
65Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:00:33 
66Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
67Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
68Marjolein van 'T Geloof (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
69Anabelle Dreville (Fra) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:34 
70Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
71Rixt Meijer (Ned) Netherlands  
72Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Netherlands  
73Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High5  
74Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00:35 
75Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
76Julie Solvang (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
77Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
78Heidi Franz (USA) United States0:00:36 
79Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
80Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
81Nina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
82Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM0:00:37 
83Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
84Sara Penton (Swe) Team Virtu Cycling  
85Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Wiggle High50:00:38 
86Susanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
87Charlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00:39 
88Nina Kessler (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
89Paulien Koster (Ned) Netherlands  
90Belle De Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:00:40 
91Wendy Oosterwoud (Ned) Netherlands  
92Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
93Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
94Margot Clyne (USA) United States0:00:41 
95Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar PBM  
96Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar PBM  
97Isabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
98Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team  
99Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:00:42 
100Demi de Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:44 
101Omer Shapira (Isr) Cylance Pro Cycling0:00:47 
102Jeydy Pradera Bernal (Cub) Astana Women's Team0:00:48 
103Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:52 
104Janelle Cole (USA) United States  
105Maaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:53 
106Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:01:50 
General classification after prologue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton Scott Women0:04:22 
2Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:07 
3Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:00:08 
4Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women0:00:09 
5Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle High5  
6Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:00:10 
7Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:11 
8Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
9Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women0:00:12 
10Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:13 
11Anouska Koster (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
12Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Mitchelton Scott Women0:00:14 
13Mieke Kröger (Ger) Team Virtu Cycling  
14Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
15Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
16Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women0:00:15 
17Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women0:00:17 
18Riejanne Markus (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:00:18 
19Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High50:00:19 
20Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team  
21Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:20 
22Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
23Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle High5  
24Christina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu Cycling0:00:21 
25Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
26Leah Thomas (USA) United States  
27Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb Women  
28Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:00:22 
29Tayler Wiles (USA) United States  
30Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
31Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:23 
32Amy Cure (Aus) Wiggle High5  
33Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
34Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM0:00:24 
35Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
36Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
37Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:25 
38Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton Scott Women  
39Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
40Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:00:26 
41Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar PBM  
42Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
43Paulien Rooijakkers (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
44Lily Williams (USA) United States0:00:27 
45Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:00:28 
46Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
47Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar PBM  
48Janneke Ensing (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
49Christa Riffel (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:29 
50Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
51Anastasiia Iakovenko (Rus) BTC City Ljubljana  
52Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
53Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:00:30 
54Elena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
55Louise Norman Hansen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
56Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini  
57Esther Van Veen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
58Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:00:31 
59Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
60Loes Adegeest (Ned) Netherlands  
61Jelena Eric (Srb) Cylance Pro Cycling  
62Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:32 
63Danique Braam (Ned) Netherlands  
64Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
65Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:00:33 
66Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
67Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
68Marjolein van 'T Geloof (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
69Anabelle Dreville (Fra) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:34 
70Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
71Rixt Meijer (Ned) Netherlands  
72Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Netherlands  
73Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High5  
74Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00:35 
75Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
76Julie Solvang (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
77Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
78Heidi Franz (USA) United States0:00:36 
79Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
80Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
81Nina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
82Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM0:00:37 
83Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
84Sara Penton (Swe) Team Virtu Cycling  
85Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Wiggle High50:00:38 
86Susanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
87Charlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00:39 
88Nina Kessler (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
89Paulien Koster (Ned) Netherlands  
90Belle De Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:00:40 
91Wendy Oosterwoud (Ned) Netherlands  
92Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
93Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
94Margot Clyne (USA) United States0:00:41 
95Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar PBM  
96Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar PBM  
97Isabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
98Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team  
99Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:00:42 
100Demi de Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:44 
101Omer Shapira (Isr) Cylance Pro Cycling0:00:47 
102Jeydy Pradera Bernal (Cub) Astana Women's Team0:00:48 
103Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:52 
104Janelle Cole (USA) United States  
105Maaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:53 
106Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:01:50 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton Scott Women25 pts
2Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam20 
3Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women16 
4Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women14 
5Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle High512 
6Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women10 
7Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing9 
8Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam8 
9Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women7 
10Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana6 
11Anouska Koster (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team5 
12Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Mitchelton Scott Women4 
13Mieke Kröger (Ger) Team Virtu Cycling3 
14Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women2 
15Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam1 
Young riders classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:04:33 
2Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb Women0:00:10 
3Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:00:11 
4Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
5Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM0:00:13 
6Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
7Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:00:15 
8Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar PBM0:00:17 
9Christa Riffel (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:18 
10Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
11Elena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's Team0:00:19 
12Loes Adegeest (Ned) Netherlands0:00:20 
13Jelena Eric (Srb) Cylance Pro Cycling  
14Marjolein van 'T Geloof (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:22 
15Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's Team0:00:24 
16Nina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:00:25 
17Susanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:00:27 
18Paulien Koster (Ned) Netherlands0:00:28 
19Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:29 
20Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar PBM0:00:30 
21Jeydy Pradera Bernal (Cub) Astana Women's Team0:00:37 
22Janelle Cole (USA) United States0:00:41 
23Maaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:42 

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