Lepistö wins Women's Dwars door Vlaanderen

Bigla rider out-sprints Elvin, Brennauer

Lotta Lepistö (Cervelo Bigla) claimed her first victory of the 2017 season in the inaugural women's Dwars door Vlaanderen. The Finnish rider out-sprinted Gracie Elvin (Orica-Scott) and Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM).

The much reduced peloton had to chase back a late attack from Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM), but managed to reel her in with 1km to go before setting up the sprint.

A lead group of 16 riders formed over the top of the dual ascents of the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg, and the Finnish champion was a late addition to the move.

"I just started passing riders and saw a gap to the front and put the big gear on and rode across," Lepistö said. "The group was smaller after the Paterberg then we rolled and rolled and then there were several attacks. Lisa [Klein] did an amazing job today. She is incredible. We were very tired, it was a hard race. I think everyone was racing all or nothing. In the end, there were 16 riders and Lisa said 'I will give everything to help you'. She took me to the front in the sprint and I won."

Lepistö announced her ambitions for the Spring Classics earlier in the year, and was pleased to get the early victory. "It's super nice. I was hoping for at least one win in the Spring Classics and now the monkey is off my back. Everybody is just trying to help each other all the time. The riders are just there for each other all the time and we don't hesitate to help each other."

How it happened

It was dry and windy as the women's peloton rolled out of Tielt for a 114 kilometre day through Flanders Field. While Dwars door Vlaanderen is known for its cobbles and climbs, the first half of the race is fast and flat.

"Because it was super windy today, there were a lot of echelons," Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) told CyclingNews. "It was quite nervous."

Natalie van Gogh (Parkhotel Valkenburg) launched the first attack of the race. Her attempt was immediately neutralised. Every attack that followed was likewise shut down. One hour into the race, no rider had successfully distanced herself from the field.

Emile Moberg (Hitec Products), Esther Van Veen (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Sara Penton (VéloCONCEPT) forced their way clear in the second hour of racing. The trio dutifully traded pulls to pocket a maximum advantage of 30-seconds. Their gap would tumble in the run-in the Oude Kwarement and disappear entirely up the infamous climb.

"That's where the first selection was made," noted Barnes. "I think there were around 27 of us. We went up, and it was full gas from there to the top of the Paterberg."

The front group largely stayed together over the Paterberg. It was the third of five climbs, the Vossenhol, that did damage.

"There was an attack on the third climb that split the group," said Barnes. "We were in the strongest position with four riders in front, which gave us an advantage."

15 kilometres from the finish, the leaders had nearly two minutes over the chasers. The winner would come from the 16 out front.

Annemiek van Vleuten (ORICA-SCOTT) initiated an attacking finale, jumping 10 kilometres from the line. Canyon-SRAM responded by going on the offensive.

"Tiff [Cromwell], Alena [Amialiusik] and I were attacking and counter-attacking," said Barnes. "Alena got brought back with about four kilometres, and I went over the top of her. I tried to stay out there as long as I could to take the pressure off my team."

Barnes was caught just beyond the two kilometre mark. The leaders amped up the pace for the impending sprint. Van Vleuten led out Elvin. Barnes led out Brennauer. But it was Lepistö who opened the sprint.

"I was tired but I gave it my all," said Lepistö in a team Twitter statement. "What an incredible job by Lisa to get me to the final." 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team2:55:40 
2Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
3Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
4Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
5Thalita De Jong (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals  
6Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
7Romy Kasper (Ger) Alé Cipollini  
8Janneke Ensing (Ned) Alé Cipollini  
9Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling  
10Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Drops Cycling Team  
11Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
12Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica Scott Women0:00:09 
13Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
14Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing0:00:10 
15Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM Racing0:00:27 
16Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing0:00:33 
17Nina Kessler (Ned) Hitec Products0:02:16 
18Sheyla Gutierrez (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
19Christina Siggaard (Den) Team Veloconcept Women  
20Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle High5  
21Anouska Koster (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling  
22Soraya Paladin (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
23Kaat Hannes (Bel) Lensworld-Kuota  
24Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
25Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
26Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
27Camilla Møllebro Pedersen (Den) Team Veloconcept Women  
28Annasley Park (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
29Celine Van Severen (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx  
30Melissa Lowther (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
31Sara Mustonen Lichan (Swe) Team Veloconcept Women  
32Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx  
33Jessy Druyts (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx  
34Yara Kastelijn (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling  
35Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
36Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
37Claudia Koster (Ned) Team Veloconcept Women  
38Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
39Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City Ljubljana  
40Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling  
41Chloe Hosking (Aus) Alé Cipollini  
42Marie Vilmann (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
43Valerie Demey (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx  
44Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5  
45Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cylance Pro Cycling  
46Georgia Williams (NZl) Orica Scott0:02:23 
47Joelle Numainville (Can) Cylance Pro Cycling  
48Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle High50:02:48 
49Kelly Druyts (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx0:03:05 
50Elise Delzenne (Fra) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
51Kaat Van Der Meulen (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
52Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
53Jong De Demi (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team  
54Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals  
55Nathalie Verschelden (Bel) Lensworld-Kuota  
56Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
57Wubbigje Regina Knol (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling  
58Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
59Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Lares-Waowdeals  
60Sara Penton (Swe) Team Veloconcept Women  
61Jelena Eric (Srb) BTC City Ljubljana  
62Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
63Julie Leth (Den) Wiggle High5  
64Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Jan Van Arckel  
65Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women  
66Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
67Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Alé Cipollini  
68Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
69Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
70Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products  
71Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals0:03:31 
72Corinna Lechner (Ger) BTC City Ljubljana0:04:45 
73Emmy Thelberg (Swe) Equano Cycling Team  
74Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
75Elise Maes (Lux) Team WNT Pro Cycling  
76Gabriella Shaw (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling0:04:55 
77Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) WM3 Pro Cycling  
78Riejanne Markus (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling  
79Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Lensworld-Kuota  
80Esra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team  
81Estafania Pilz (Arg) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
82Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
83Trine Schmidt (Den) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
84Abigail Dentus (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:05:37 
85Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
86Marjolein Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Jan Van Arckel  
87Lucy Shaw (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
88Danique Braam (Ned) Jan Van Arckel  
89Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team  
90Laura Vainionpää (Fin) Isorex Cycling Team  
91Megan Barker (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
92Rixt Meijer (Ned) Jan Van Arckel  
93Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Hitec Products  
94Irena Ossola (USA) SAS - MACOGEP  
95Rebecca Carter (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling  
96Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
97Bryony Van Velzen (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals  
98Marjolaine Bazin (Fra) SAS - MACOGEP  
99Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team  
100Chane Jonker (RSA) Isorex Cycling Team  
101Demmy Druyts (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx  
102Lensy Debboudt (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
103Lucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5  
104Rebecca Raybould (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
105Delore Stougje (Ned) Jan Van Arckel  
106Ine Allaert (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
107Claire Thomas (GBr) Isorex Cycling Team  
108Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Lensworld-Kuota  
109Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
110Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
111Sanne Bamelis (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
112Emmanuelle Brossard (Fra) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
113Sylvie Boermans (Ned) Jan Van Arckel  
114Pia De Quint (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen0:09:34 
115Kelly Kalm (Est) Isorex Cycling Team0:09:49 
116Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products0:10:04 
117Julie Solvang (Nor) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
118Birgitte Ravndal (Nor) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
119Susanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products  
120Lara Defour (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
121Rose Osborne (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
122Esther Van Veen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team0:11:08 
123Natalie Kerwin (NZl) Team Veloconcept Women  
124Naïka Deneef (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team0:12:15 
125Elise Vander Sande (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
126Grace Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5  
127Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
128Soline Lamboley (Fra) SAS - MACOGEP  
129Hazel Magill (RSA) Equano Cycling Team  
130Steffy Van Den Haute (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team0:13:18 
131Isabel Van De Voorde (Bel) Equano Cycling Team  
132Abigail Van Twisk (GBr) Drops Cycling Team0:13:54 
133Mie Bjørndal Ottestad (Nor) Wielerclub De Sprintermalderende0:14:00 
DNFLien Verhaegen (Bel) Equano Cycling Teamde  
DNFLeah Thorvilson (USA) Canyon Sram Racingde  
DNFKim De Baat (Bel) Lensworld-Kuota  
DNFMilagro Mena Solano (CRc) SAS - Macogepde  
DNFLana Petit (Bel) Isorex Cycling Teamde  
DNFCarolien Haers (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Teamde  
DNFMalin Berlin (Swe) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderende  
DNFBrenda Goessens (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Teamde  
DNFEmmy Andersson (Swe) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderende  
DNFNancy Wittock (Bel) Equano Cycling Teamde  
DNFAndrea Terjesen (Nor) Isorex Cycling Teamde  
DNFSarah Ten Hartog (Bel) Equano Cycling Teamde  
DNFChanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team  
DNFHannah Walker (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling  
DNFHayley Jones (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling  
DNFKeira McVitty (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling  

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