Anna van der Breggen wins La Flèche Wallonne Féminine

Rabo Liv rider comes out on top ahead of Van Vleuten and Guarnier

Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv) came out on top after an exciting finale to La Flèche Wallonne Féminine. The Rabo Liv rider beat Annemiek van Vleuten (Bigla) from an unexpected two-rider breakaway, while Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) was the best of the rest on the Mur de Huy.

Van der Breggen took advantage of a strong performance by her Rabo-Liv team to bridge across to Van Vleuten and teammate Roxane Knetemann at the foot of the final climb. Knetemann sacrificed her chances for her teammate, and Van der Breggen jumped away to win by a 12-second margin.

"All of the riders deserve a big compliment," Rabo-Liv director Koos Moerenhout said. "Everyone made a big contribution to this. Anna rode great, but we were formidable as a team today."

Van Vleuten held on for second, while Guarnier came in third at 20 seconds as Knetemann faded back to seventh.

Most editions of Flèche Wallonne have come down to a large group at the base of the final climb, and this one looked to go to script as Rabo-Liv ramped up the pace with an attack by Roxane Knetemann with 25km to go. However, Van Vleuten's solo bridge across to the Dutch rider threw a wrench in the team's plans, forcing them to chase their own rider as the leaders' gap grew to more than a minute. When the gap became small enough on the new Cote de Cherave with 5.5km to go, Van der Breggen jumped away and made the bridge after the descent.

"When Anna came across to me with 4km to go I knew it would be hard to beat her on the Mur but I’m very happy with this result," Van Vleuten said. "Usually this isn’t a race for me but with the team performance today, I didn’t have to do anything.

"I could not believe that they hadn’t caught us at the bottom of the Mur and I thought this is going to be close," she continued. "I knew I was doing a good job on the Mur because Anna wasn’t getting away from me that quickly and when I looked behind me I could still not see the others coming. With 250m to go I started to believe I could be on the podium and I gave everything. I am very happy."

143 riders lined up in sunny Huy for the 121km World Cup round, which featured two trips up the Côte d'Éreffe, Côte de Bellaire, Côte de Bohissau and Mur de Huy, with the new Côte de Cherave tacked on just 5.5 km before the finish.

The high pace kept the peloton together for the first hour, with Boels Dolmans setting up Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus for the mountain primes on the Éreffe and Bohissau on the first lap. Defending champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Rabo-Liv) had to chase back on after a mechanical, but made it back in the bunch before the first ascent of the Mur de Huy.

The first successful attack came with 40km to go when Lauren Komanski (US National Team) got away with Lizzie Williams (Orica-AIS), but the pair could only manage 20 seconds on the field and were caught 10km later. The peloton was split on the Côte de Bohissau, leaving World Cup leader Jolien D'hoore behind.

Knetemann and Van Vleuten used the aggressive pace to form their attack, and quickly built up a 1:10 advantage, forcing the favourites to decide on using their energy to chase or saving it for the final climb. At the bottom of the Côte de Cherave, Rabo-Liv had contributed to the chase with Wiggle Honda and Boels-Dolmans, clawing the gap back to 40 seconds. Van der Breggen, Ferrand-Prévot, Ashleigh Moolman (Bigla), Evelyn Stevens and Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) hammered up the climb, bringing the leaders within sight.

It was all that Van der Breggen needed, and the powerful Dutch rider bridged across to her teammate, who then poured her remaining energies into setting up her team leader for the win, while Van Vleuten had enough left to hold on for second.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team3:18:46 
2Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:00:12 
3Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:20 
4Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:00:32 
5Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:40 
6Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:44 
7Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:46 
8Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:57 
9Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM0:01:07 
10Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS  
11Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Velocio - SRAM0:01:10 
12Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:01:13 
13Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:01:16 
14Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur  
15Lauren Komanski (USA) USA National Team0:01:21 
16Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:01:27 
17Andrea Dvorak (USA) USA National Team0:01:30 
18Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda0:01:35 
19Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS0:01:38 
20Annabelle Dreville (Fra) France0:01:49 
21Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
22Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio - SRAM0:02:00 
23Kirsti Lay (Can) Canada0:02:08 
24Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:02:29 
25Rossella Ratto (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:02:34 
26Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana0:02:36 
27Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:02:37 
28Jolanda Neff (Swi) Servetto Footon0:02:54 
29Joelle Numainville (Can) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:03:03 
30Aude Biannic (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.860:03:12 
31Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica - AIS0:03:30 
32Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Russie0:03:49 
33Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini0:04:03 
34Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:04:22 
35Molly Weaver (GBr) Matrix Fitness  
36Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:04:23 
37Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM  
38Tatiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:04:25 
39Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda0:04:31 
40Manon Souyris (Fra) France  
41Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
42Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda0:04:35 
43Elise Delzenne (Fra) Velocio - SRAM  
44Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur0:04:37 
45Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata0:04:46 
46Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto Footon0:04:51 
47Francesca Cauz (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:04:58 
48Laura Trott (GBr) Matrix Fitness0:05:00 
49Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products0:05:03 
50Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products0:06:09 
51Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv - Plantur  
52Tayler Wiles (USA) Velocio - SRAM0:06:31 
53Anna Zavershinskaya (Rus) Bizkaia-Durango0:06:35 
54Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle Honda  
55Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) Russie0:06:39 
56Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.860:06:43 
57Séverine Eraud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.860:06:44 
58Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
59Ann-Sofie Duyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo0:06:45 
60Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Canada  
61Martina Ritter (Aut) BTC City Ljubljana  
62Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Wiggle Honda  
63Riejanne Markus (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:06:49 
64Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica - AIS  
65Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo0:06:54 
66Georgia Williams (NZl) Bepink - La Classica0:06:57 
67Ane Santesteban Gonzales (Spa) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
68Stephanie Roorda (Can) Canada  
69Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS0:07:01 
70Elinor Barker (GBr) Matrix Fitness0:07:02 
71Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Servetto Footon  
72Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda0:07:04 
73Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products  
74Elena Erlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:07:07 
75Iris Slappendel (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
76Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:07:29 
77Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) Servetto Footon0:07:36 
78Dorleta Eskamendi Gil (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:07:45 
79Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.860:07:50 
80Doris Chweizer (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:08:53 
81Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:08:56 
82Victorie Guilman (Fra) France0:09:07 
83Amy Cure (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:09:13 
84Miriam Bjørnsrud (Nor) Hitec Products0:09:16 
85Susanna Orzi (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:09:19 
86Rachel Neylan (Aus) Orica - AIS0:09:21 
87Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:09:24 
88Marion Sicot (Fra) France  
89Sharon Laws (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:09:29 
90Heather Fischer (USA) USA National Team0:09:35 
91Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:09:39 
92Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
93Lierni Lekuona Etxebeste (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
94Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products  
95Yulia Ilinykh (Rus) Bizkaia-Durango0:09:42 
96Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France0:09:45 
97Annelies Dom (Bel) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata0:09:49 
98Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:09:51 
99Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) Canada  
100Kseniya Tuhai (Blr) Bepink - La Classica0:10:15 
101Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur0:10:45 
102Kaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo0:10:55 
103Margarita Victoria Garcia (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:10:57 
104Ruby Livingstone (NZl) Bepink - La Classica0:11:03 
105Marjolaine Bazin (Fra) France0:11:18 
106Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:11:35 
DNFMarina Likhanova (Rus) Servetto Footon  
DNFRiccarda Mazzotta (Swi) Servetto Footon  
DNFMarta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
DNFAlice Algisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
DNFLiisi Rist (Est) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi  
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi  
DNFJulia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
DNFKyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
DNFMarzhan Baitleuova (Kaz) Astana - Acca Due O  
DNFOlena Demydova (Ukr) Astana - Acca Due O  
DNFNatalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana - Acca Due O  
DNFMakhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Astana - Acca Due O  
DNFLauren Hall (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air  
DNFShana Van Glabeke (Bel) Hitec Products  
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFAna Maria Covrig (Rom) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFJaime Nielsen (NZl) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFPauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFFien Delbaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
DNFSaartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
DNFMarissa Otten (Ned) Lensworld.eu - Zannata  
DNFKim De Baat (Ned) Lensworld.eu - Zannata  
DNFAnnelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Lensworld.eu - Zannata  
DNFCéline Van Severen (Bel) Lensworld.eu - Zannata  
DNFMia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFElena Valentini (Ita) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFJelena Eric (Srb) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFAlexandra Chekina (Rus) Russia  
DNFAnastasiia Iakovenko (Rus) Russia  
DNFSvetlana Vasilieva (Rus) Russia  
DNFCharlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
DNFGreta Richioud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
DNFPenny Rowson (GBr) Matrix Fitness  
DNFChristina Siggaard (Den) Matrix Fitness  
DNFJessie Walker (GBr) Matrix Fitness  
DNFAllison Beveridge (Can) Canada  
DNFSamara Sheppard (NZl) Bizkaia - Durango  
World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team290 pts
2Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team226 
3Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda220 
4Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda196 
5Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team195 
6Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team175 
7Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM140 
8Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies122 
9Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team120 
10Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team120 
11Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team105 
12Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur100 
13Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team92 
14Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team76 
15Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - Ais76 
16Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio - SRAM74 
17Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda60 
18Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team50 
19Jolanda Neff (Swi) Servetto Footon50 
20Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team42 
21Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team30 
22Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini30 
23Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM25 
24Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team24 
25Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Velocio - SRAM20 
26Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products20 
27Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur20 
28Lauren Hall (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air18 
29Carmen Small (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air18 
30Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team18 
31Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana18 
32Joelle Numainville (Can) Bigla Pro Cycling Team14 
33Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - Ais14 
34Lauren Komanski (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air12 
35Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM12 
36Kim De Baat (Ned) Lensworld.eu - Zannata12 
37Rossella Ratto (Ita) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi12 
38Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies10 
39Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - Ais10 
40Andrea Dvorak (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air8 
41Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Russia8 
42Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda6 
43Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - Ais4 
44Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team4 
45Annabelle Dreville (Fra) France2 
46Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM2 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team14 pts
2Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur10 
3Rossella Ratto (Ita) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi10 
4Jolanda Neff (Swi) Servetto Footon6 
5Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team4 
6Annabelle Dreville (Fra) France2 
7Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur2 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team679 pts
2Boels Dolmans Cycling Team518 
3Wiggle Honda482 
4Bigla Pro Cycling Team360 
5Velocio - SRAM273 
6Lotto Soudal Ladies132 
7Team Liv-Plantur120 
8Orica - AIS104 
9Switzerland50 
10United States Of America38 
11Ale Cipollini30 
12Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team24 
13Hitec Products20 
14Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air18 
14BTC City Ljubljana18 
16Lensworld.Eu - Zannata12 
16Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi12 
18Russian Federation8 
19France2 

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