Van Dijk wins Dwars door Vlaanderen

Sunweb rider makes trademark late-race attack on route to Waregem

Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) won the women's Dwars door Vlaanderen thanks to a powerful solo attack in the final seven kilometres of the rain-soaked race.

She gradually opened a gap on a group of riders that had emerged on the Knoteberg climb after 84km of racing. They struggled to respond to her time trialling skills and van Dijk won alone.

Three-time winner Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans) won the sprint for second place ahead of Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb).

The mid-week, semi-classic was positioned between two Women's WorldTour races; Gent-Wevelgem, won by Marta Bastianelli on March 25, and Tour of Flanders on April 1, which offered a good test for the riders looking for success in Oudenaarde.

The women raced 117.9km starting in Tielt and finishing in Waregem. The parcours was mainly flat in the first half but hit the bergs mid-race with Kluisberg, Knokteberg, Vossenhol and Nokereberg climbs, and the cobblestoned roads Holstraat and Herlegemstraat.

Van Dijk was in a late-race lead group that included Pieters and Mackaij, along with Eugenia Bujak, Annemiek Van Vleuten, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Kasia Niewiadoma. They held a 20-second lead over the field in the closing kilometres.

Van Dijk made her signature late-race attack out of that group and built a lead of 10 seconds with five kilometres to go, leaving the chasers scrambling to close the gap before the finish line in Waregem. Pieters, who won the event from 2014-2016 before the event gained UCI status, sprinted for second place.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women3:30:24 
2Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:55 
3Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
4Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
5Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton Scott Women  
6Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
7Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women  
8Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
9Susanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:01:47 
10Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
11Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini  
12Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
13Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
14Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
15Skylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
16Maaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City Ljubljana  
17Sheyla Gutierrez (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
18Martina Alzini (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
19Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women  
20Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM  
21Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
22Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
23Stine Borgli (Nor) Autoglas Wetteren  
24Henrietta Colborne (GBr) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias  
25Mieke Kröger (Ger) Team Virtu Cycling  
26Marjolein van 'T Geloof (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
27Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
28Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women  
29Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
30Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5  
31Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
32Marie Vilmann (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
33Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
34Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
35Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
36Alba Teruel (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
37Gloria Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
38Lucia Gonzalez (Spa) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias  
39Kaat Hannes (Bel) Jos Feron Lady Force  
40Sofia Beggin (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
41Elise Maes (Lux) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
42Claudia Koster (Ned) Team Virtu Cycling  
43Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
44Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
45Anastasiia Iakovenko (Rus) BTC City Ljubljana  
46Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
47Sara Mustonen Lichan (Swe) Experza-Footlogix  
48Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
49Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
51Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
52Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
53Margarita Victoria Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
54Charlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
55Ruth Winder (USA) Team Sunweb Women  
56Valerie Demey (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
57Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Experza-Footlogix  
58Julie Leth (Den) Wiggle High5  
59Anne De Ruiter (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
60Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Wiggle High5  
61Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
62Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women0:02:02 
63Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
64Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Mitchelton Scott Women  
65Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women  
66Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women0:02:23 
67Alessia Vigilia (Ita) Valcar PBM  
68Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women  
69Jip van den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:03:18 
70Ganna Solovei (Ukr) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:03:50 
71Marieke van Witzenburg (Ned) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team  
72Line Marie Gulliksen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
73Fien Delbaere (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren0:03:52 
74Nathalie Bex (Bel) Experza-Footlogix  
75Thalita De Jong (Ned) Experza-Footlogix  
76Sara Penton (Swe) Team Virtu Cycling  
77Nancy Van Der Burg (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
78Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
79Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team  
80Lone Meertens (Bel) Keukens Redant  
81Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
82Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
83Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
84Bryony van Velzen (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
85Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar PBM  
86Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu Cycling  
87Daria Pikulik (Pol) BCM Nowatex Ziemia Darlowska  
88Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
89Quinty van de Guchte (Ned) Isorex0:03:56 
90Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
91Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb Women  
92Emma Norsgaard (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:03:59 
93Christina Perchtold (Aut) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team0:04:22 
94Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Health Mate-CycleLive Team0:05:08 
95Malin Eriksen (Nor) Keukens Redant0:07:10 
96Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar PBM0:07:13 
97Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
98Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) WNT Rotor  
99Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
100Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM  
101Kirsten Peetoom (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFAnisha Vekemans (Bel) Ale Cipollini  
DNFLorena Llamas Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
DNFNatalie Grinczer (GBr) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMeike Uiterwijk Winkel (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFHolly Breck (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFBrenda Goessens (Bel) Keukens Redant  
DNFOlena Pavlukhina (Aze) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFLea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
DNFBirgitte Ravndal (Nor) Keukens Redant  
DNFVibeke Dybwad (Nor) Keukens Redant  
DNFRozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFRomy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipollini  
DNFSandra Alonso (Spa) Bizkaia Durango - Euskadi Murias  
DNFEvelien Debboudt (Bel) Keukens Redant  
DNFAndrea Terjesen (Nor) Isorex NoAqua Ladies Team  
DNFCaroline Thorvik Olsen (Nor) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFMie Bjørndal Ottestad (Nor) De Sprinters Malderen  
DNFCorinna Lechner (Ger) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFAnna Plichta (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
DNFAntonia Gröndahl (Fin) Isorex NoAqua Ladies Team  
DNFChloë Turblin (Fra) Health Mate - Cyclelive Team  
DNFSarah Ten Hartog (Bel) Equano-Wase Zon Cycling Team  
DNFGaia Tortolina (Ita) Equano-Wase Zon Cycling Team  
DNFChristina Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate - Cyclelive Team  
DNFTetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport UCI Women Cycling  
DNFAnna Badegruber (Aut) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
DNFNaïka Deneef (Bel) Equano-Wase Zon Cycling Team  
DNFMarjon Claus (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen  
DNFYva Geluk (Ned) Equano-Wase Zon Cycling Team  
DNFDemmy Druyts (Bel) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport UCI Women Cycling  
DNFLorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFMartine Fon (Nor) Equano-Wase Zon Cycling Team  
DNFSusanna Zorzi (Ita) Experza-Footlogix  
DNFAafke Soet (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
DNFAgnieszka Skalniak (Pol) Experza-Footlogix  
DNFTerry Fremineur (Bel) Terry Fremineur  
DNFSilvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar PBM  
DNFEmmy Andersson (Swe) De Sprinters Malderen  
DNFKelly Kalm (Est) Isorex NoAqua Ladies Team  
DNFSenna Feron (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFGrace Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5  
DNFAgata Sredzinska (Pol) BCM Nowatex Ziemia Darlowska  
DNFMarit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFVania Canvelli (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFKerry Jonker (Aus) Isorex NoAqua Ladies Team  
DNFFrancesca Pisciali (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFAnnelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFBeatrice Rossato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFSara Mariotto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFAlexandra Nessmar (Swe) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFWiktoria Pikulik (Pol) BCM Nowatex Ziemia Darlowska  
DNFAleksandra Kowalska (Pol) BCM Nowatex Ziemia Darlowska  
DNFMarta Jaskulska (Pol) BCM Nowatex Ziemia Darlowska  
DNFWiktoria Kierat (Pol) BCM Nowatex Ziemia Darlowska  
DNFChiara Perini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFJeydy Pradera Bernal (Cub) Astana Women's Team  
DNFGilke Croket (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen  
DNFLynn Marien (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen  
DNFLara Defour (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
DNFCarolien Haers (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
DNFAne Iriarte Lasa (Spa) Bizkaia Durango - Euskadi Murias  
DNFKim Johanna Kohlmeyer (Ger) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
DNFMargot Dutour (Fra) Autoglas Wetteren Cycling Team  
DNFSofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
DNFKarolina Perekitko (Pol) De Sprinters Malderen  
DNFArlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team  
DNFLara Vieceli (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
DNFKeira McVtty (GBr) Isorex NoAqua Ladies Team  
DNFLierni Lekuona Etxebeste (Spa) Bizkaia Durango - Euskadi Murias  
DNFDemi De Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFNathalie Verschelden (Bel) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNSLisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle High5  
DNSJelena Eric (Srb) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNSChristina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  

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