Dwars door Vlaanderen: Van Dijk wins women's race

Trek-Segafredo rider solos in ahead of Bastianelli

Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) repeated her victory from a year ago at Dwars door Vlaanderen, a UCI 1.1 mid-week race that is traditionally used as preparation ahead of the weekend's Tour of Flanders. The Dutch time trial specialist made her winning move with less than 15km to go and held off a chase group to take a solo victory ahead of Marta Bastianelli (Virtu Cycling) and Lucinda Brand (Sunweb).

The women's Dwars door Vlaanderen was 108.3km between Tielt and Waregem that included some junctions with the WorldTour men's 182km route.

The women's race started later than scheduled, and to add to the delay, a crash in the women's field happened during the neutral start. The main field stopped and waited for the riders who were involved in the crash.

Those involved in the crash were Arlenis Sierra (Astana), Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal), Janneke Ensing (Sunweb), Maaika Boogard and Hanna Nilsson (both BTC), among others.

Organisers restarted the race, but the neutralisation set the timing of the women's race back significantly, roughly 10 minutes or more behind the expected slowest time of arrival in Waregem.

Three riders cleared the field early on: Nathalie Bex (Rogelli-Gyproc) Saartje Vandenbroucke (Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport) and Kseniia Dobrynina (Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA), and then chaser Chiara Consonni (Valcar-Cylance).

The field came back together as they approached three sharp climbs over the Kluisberg, Knokteberg and Hotond, located at the mid-point of the race. The same 15km stretch of road was used in the men's parcour.

The men's peloton was competing at the fastest-expected time of arrival, while the women's race, because of the early delays, were now racing at the slowest ETA.

The women's peloton reached the three climbs, beginning with the Kluisberg, just ahead of the men's field. In addition, two crashes that happened almost simultaneously in the women's race required emergency medical services.

Orgnaisers neutralise the men's race to avoid the two categories merging but more so, to allow for an ambulance to drive on the course to get to the crashed riders. 

The women's race continued over the Kluisberg and then the Knokteberg with the front end of the field coming back together.

The decisive breakaway of the day set off ahead of the Hotond and included Annemiek van Vleuten and Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-Scott), Liane Lippert and Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb), Marta Bastianelli (Virtu), Elisa Longo Borghini and Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo), Kasia Niewiadoma and Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM), Sofie De Vuyst (Parkhotel Valkenburg), and Sheyla Gutierrez (Movistar).

They raced over the Hotond with a 45-second lead.

As the lead group approached the final climbs, van Vleuten attacked over the Vossenhol, but she was quickly brought back into the fold. Attacks continued until Van Dijk made her winning move before the Nokereberg and with roughly 15km to go.

At first, she gained 20 seconds on the Nokereberg, and that pushed out to 30 as she raced over the Herlegemstraat cobbles sector with 6km to the finish line. Not even the relentless string of attacks from the chase group could put a dent in Van Dijk’s victory as she crossed the line in Waregem.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women2:42:34 
2Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling0:00:32 
3Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
4Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM  
5Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
6Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
7Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
8Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women  
9Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women  
10Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM0:00:36 
11Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women0:02:03 
12Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM0:02:06 
13Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team Sunweb Women  
14Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team  
15Maria Apolonia van 'T Geloof (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
16Roxane Fournier (Fra) Movistar Team Women  
17Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
18Lucy Garner (GBr) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
19Julie Leth (Den) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
20Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo Women  
21Thi That Nguyen (Vie) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
22Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
23Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
24Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
25Demi de Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
26Anouska Koster (Ned) Team Virtu Cycling  
27Henrietta Colborne (GBr) Biehler Pro Cycling  
28Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women  
29Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
30Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
31Jelena Eric (Srb) Ale Cipollini  
32Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
33Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
34Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
35Sofia Beggin (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
36Michela Balducci (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
37Shari Bossuyt (Bel) Rogelli-Gyproc  
38Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
39Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team  
40Natalie van Gogh (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
41Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
42Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink  
43Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
44Belle de Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
45Bryony van Velzen (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
46Fien Delbaere (Bel) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
47Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
48Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
49Carmela Cipriani (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
50Kaat Hannes (Bel) Jos Feron Lady Force  
51Danique Braam (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
52Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
53Martina Alzini (Ita) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
54Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM  
55Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
56Chiara Perini (Ita) BePink  
57Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team Sunweb Women  
58Janine van der Meer (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
59Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
60Diana Carolina Peñuela Martinez (Col) Ale Cipollini  
61Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
62Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City Ljubljana  
63Chanella Stougje (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
64Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
65Lucie Lahaye (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women  
66Céline Van Houtum (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force  
67Gladys Verhulst (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women  
68Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
69Coralie Demay (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
70Lara Defour (Bel) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
71Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb Women  
72Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
73Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
74Makhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team  
75Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
76Lauren Creamer (Irl) Multum Accountants Ladies Cyclingteam  
77Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
78Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
79Janneke Ensing (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
80Daniela Da Conceição Alexandre Reis (Por) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
81Ingvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
82Elena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
83Christina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
84Mónika Király (Hun) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA  
85Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
86Sophie Wright (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
87Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM  
88Tanja Erath (Ger) Canyon-SRAM  
89Marie Le Net (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
90Nicole Steigenga (Ned) BePink  
91Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA  
92Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu Cycling  
93Trixi Worrack (Ger) Trek-Segafredo Women  
94Julie Solvang (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
95Lonneke Uneken (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
96Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) BePink  
97Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
98Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
99Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women0:02:27 
100Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women  
101Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini0:03:32 
102Kseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA0:03:41 
103Giulia Marchesini (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano0:03:55 
DNSAlana Castrique (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNSYevgeniya Vysotska (Ukr) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA  
DNFLucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
DNFVittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
DNFChiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
DNFIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
DNFMarie Soleil Blais (Can) Astana Women's Team  
DNFJeydy Pradera Bernal (Cub) Astana Women's Team  
DNFNicole Hanselmann (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMaaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFAnja Longyka (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFAnastasiia Chursina (Rus) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFMeike Uiterwijk Winkel (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
DNFPuck Moonen (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFSaartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
DNFAnisha Vekemans (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
DNFLaura Süßemilch (Ger) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
DNFZsófia Szabó (Hun) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
DNFKirstie van Haaften (Ned) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
DNFFrancesca Balducci (Ita) Conceria Zabri-Fanini  
DNFAlexandra Goncharova (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA  
DNFRachele Barbieri (Ita) BePink  
DNFFrancesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink  
DNFMarissa Baks (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
DNFMerel Hofman (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
DNFRoos Hoogeboom (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
DNFMelanie Klement (Ned) Biehler Pro Cycling  
DNFNoemie Abgrall (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women  
DNFAnaïs Morichon (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women  
DNFNathalie Bex (Bel) Rogelli-Gyproc  
DNFCathalijne Hoolwerf (Ned) Rogelli-Gyproc  
DNFEva Jonkers (Ned) Rogelli-Gyproc  
DNFBritt Knaven (Ned) Rogelli-Gyproc  
DNFIngrit Verhoeff (Ned) Rogelli-Gyproc  
DNFSenna Feron (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFLiisa Ehrberg (Est) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFHannah Gruber-Stadler (Aut) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFMarieke Van Witzenburg (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFJosefine Huitfeldt (Den) Multum Accountants Ladies Cyclingteam  
DNFCarolien Haers (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cyclingteam  
DNFHanna Johansson (Swe) Multum Accountants Ladies Cyclingteam  
DNFJosie Shepherd (GBr) Multum Accountants Ladies Cyclingteam  
DNFLiliane Leenknegt (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cyclingteam  

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