Lepisto beats Vos to win Crescent Vargarda

Finnish champion takes bunch sprint after aggressive finale

Lotta Lepistö (Cervelo-Bigla) upgraded her second place from 12 months ago into victory as she beat Marianne Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling) to win the Crescent Vargarda WorldTour race. Team Sunweb's Leah Kirchmann claimed third place.

Sunweb's Ellen van Dijk led the extremely reduced peloton into the final corner, laying down the immense power she possesses and pulling out a slight advantage on the other riders. However, with 100 metres to go, Van Dijk’s former teammate and newly crowned European champion Vos had pegged the gap and streamed past her.

Vos has been on a strong run of form since missing the summer’s racing with a broken collarbone, but she ran out of steam before the line and last year’s runner-up Lepisto came by to take her third WorldTour victory of the season.

The sprinters did not get an easy ride with an aggressive race throughout that saw a strong group of 11 riders breakaway early. The group, which went clear in the opening 10 kilometres, consisted of riders from several of the big teams, including two-time World Champion Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-High5), Amanda Spratt (Orica-Scott), Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolamsn), Lisa Klein (Cervelo-Bigla) and Sabrina Stultiens (Team Sunweb). The group worked well together and held a lead of more than two minutes on the peloton, but began fracturing and attacking as the peloton closed in on them towards the end of the larger loop.

Bronzini, Blaak, Spratt, Stultiens and Canyon-SRAM’s Alexis Ryan formed an alliance, distancing their former break companions. They were too strong to be allowed to get too far up the road and by the climb of Hägrunga, the peloton had them in their sights. As the break was brought back, the peloton blew apart, leaving an elite group of fewer than 30 riders remaining.

With some serious numbers in the bunch, Boels Dolmans elected to make the final laps of the local circuit an intense experience for all. The climb played a crucial role, with Lizzie Deignan, Megan Guarnier and Anna van der Breggen all putting in large efforts on the short but steep ascent. Amy Pieters also had a go and held a lead for some time, but there were too many teams interested in keeping the group together with Cervelo Bigla, Team Sunweb and WM3 Pro Cycling all helping to pull the group back up to the attackers.

Lepistö was wise to Boels Dolmans' tactics and went clear at one point with a group that contained two of their riders, but once again it came back together. The attacks continued to fly right into the final kilometre, and it was only the sight of the final corner that focused the mind on the sprint. Despite attacking in the final kilometres, Lepistö had the legs to surge past Vos in the final metres to take the title. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team3:29:54 
2Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling  
3Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women  
4Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
5Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
6Chloe Hosking (Aus) Alé Cipollini  
7Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
8Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5  
9Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota  
10Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling  
11Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing  
12Susanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products  
13Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling  
14Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
15Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
16Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
17Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
18Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
19Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
20Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
21Alison Jackson (Can) BePink Cogeas  
22Nina Kessler (Ned) Hitec Products  
23Aude Biannic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
24Danielle King (GBr) Cylance Pro Cycling  
25Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
26Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
27Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
28Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City Ljubljana  
29Roxane Knetemann (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
30Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
31Janneke Ensing (Ned) Alé Cipollini0:00:08 
32Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
33Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica Scott Women0:00:11 
34Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:14 
35Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:59 
36Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing0:01:07 
37Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM Racing  
38Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:01:34 
39Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle High5  
40Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High5  
41Anouska Koster (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling  
42Soraya Paladin (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
43Stine Borgli (Nor) Norway0:03:54 
44Jessica Pratt (Aus) Australia  
45Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
46Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
47Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Norway  
48Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
49Sara Olsson (Swe) Sweden  
50Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
51Sara Penton (Swe) Team Veloconcept Women  
52Linda Villumsen (NZl) Team Veloconcept Women  
53Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) BePink Cogeas  
54Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Lensworld-Kuota  
55Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto Giusta  
56Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Australia  
57Georgia Williams (NZl) Orica Scott Women  
58Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
59Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
60Julie Solvang (Nor) Norway0:05:24 
61Kseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Servetto Giusta  
62Valerie Demey (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx  
63Alexandra Nessmar (Swe) Sweden0:09:00 
64Daniela Reis (Por) Lares-Waowdeals  
65Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
66Jessy Druyts (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx  
67Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx  
68Demmy Druyts (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx  
69Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
70Kelly Druyts (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx  
71Nathalie Bex (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx  
72Anna Trevisi (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
73Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women  
74Julia Karlsson (Swe) Sweden  
75Corinna Lechner (Ger) BTC City Ljubljana  
76Romy Kasper (Ger) Alé Cipollini  
77Ida Erngren (Swe) Sweden  
78Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
79Kim De Baat (Bel) Lensworld-Kuota  
80Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
81Grace Brown (Aus) Australia  
82Lisen Hockings (Aus) Australia  
83Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
84Shannon Malseed (Aus) Australia  
85Mieke Kröger (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
86Severine Eraud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
87Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals  
88Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling  
89Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals  
90Nathalie Verschelden (Bel) Lensworld-Kuota  
91Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Veloconcept Women  
92Trine Schmidt (Den) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
93Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) BePink Cogeas  
94Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
95Abigail Van Twisk (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
96Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products  
97Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle High5  
98Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) BTC City Ljubljana  
99Anna Plichta (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling  
100Hannah Payton (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
101Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink Cogeas  
102Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota  
103Riejanne Markus (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling  
104Ana Cristina Sanabria Sanchez (Col) Servetto Giusta  
105Sara Mustonen Lichan (Swe) Team Veloconcept Women  
106Julie Van De Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
107Christina Siggaard (Den) Team Veloconcept Women  
108Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Hitec Products  
DNFLouisa Lobigs (Aus) Australia  
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink Cogeas  
DNFKatia Ragusa (Ita) BePink Cogeas  
DNFUrša Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFSheyla Gutierrez (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFMalgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFMarta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFAlice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
DNFAnna Christian (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
DNFCoralie Demay (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFCharlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products  
DNFThea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
DNFBryony Van Velzen (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals  
DNFAmelie Rivat (Fra) Lares-Waowdeals  
DNFElise Delzenne (Fra) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFIsabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFIngrid Moe (Nor) Norway  
DNFMalin Eriksen (Nor) Norway  
DNFLine Marie Gulliksen (Nor) Norway  
DNFJessica Allen (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
DNFJennifer Mariana Cesar Salazar (Ven) Servetto Giusta  
DNFAntri Christoforou (Cyp) Servetto Giusta  
DNFAlice Gasparini (Ita) Servetto Giusta  
DNFFrida Knutsson (Swe) Sweden  
DNFEmmy Thelberg (Swe) Sweden  
DNFJulie Leth (Den) Wiggle High5  
DNFSarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals  
DNSLucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  

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