Stevens triumphs at La Flèche Wallonne Féminine

American out-duels defending champion Vos

American Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon) claimed her first World Cup victory, winning La Flèche Wallonne Feminine over the World Cup leader Marianne Vos (Stichting Rabo). Linda Villumsen (GreenEdge-AIS) rounded out the podium.

"I'm actually thrilled about it," Stevens told Cyclingnews. "I think Specialized-lululemon rode perfectly as a team all day. Clara [Hughes] got in a break the first time over the Mur, and the last time before the Mur, Marianne Vos went and I was able to get on her wheel."

The pair were able to bridge to the early breakaway, which in addition to Hughes included Villumsen and Lucinda Brand (AA Drink-Leontien.nl).

Stevens said Hughes drove the breakaway to the finishing climb, and then detailed how she became one of the few women to ever out-sprint Vos on the Mur de Huy.

"I went, and Marianne Vos was on my wheel, but then I kind of let up and let her go in front and start her sprint, and I was able to come around. It was absolutely thrilling."

Vos was disappointed not to be able to finish off her team's hard work with a victory, and regretted starting her sprint too soon.

"I did a lot of work leading up to the last climb of the Mur de Huy," Vos said according to RaboSport.nl. "Then I went into the sprint and went too soon. "

The race was full of bad luck for the Stichting Rabo Women's team. Vos along with AA Drink-Leontien.nl's Emma Pooley, both former winners of Fleche Wallonne, were the victims of crashes and mechanicals, and Vos had to chase back on as Amanda Spratt (GreenEdge-AIS) led the race, 2 minutes ahead of the peloton early in the race.

Spratt was caught before the first trip up the Mur de Huy, but another attack by Linda Villumsen pulled Brand and Hughes away.

Team director Jeroen Blijlevens said he was forced to sacrifice Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and last year's World Cup winner Annamiek Van Vleuten to bring the breakaway within striking distance for Vos to bridge.

"It was unfortunate that Evelyn Stevens got on her wheel since her teammate Hughes was up ahead," Blijlevens said. "After the work Vos did to close the gap, Stevens was fresher for the sprint."

Stevens's victory and Megan Guarnier's seventh place from behind now provide the USA important points toward the 2012 Olympic Games qualification. Currently in a battle with Great Britain to make the top five nations, the USA will get four riders in London if they can reach that goal.

Great Britain had little luck in Flèche Wallonne, as defending Olympic champion Nicole Cooke (Faren Honda) pulled out with stomach problems and Emma Pooley (AA Drink-Leontien.nl) had several mechanicals and a crash during the race.

Full Results

1Evelyn Stevens (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon3:26:32 
2Marianne Vos (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team0:00:04 
3Linda Villumsen (NZl) GreenEdge - AIS0:00:20 
4Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team0:00:27 
5Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:00:41 
6Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEdge - AIS  
7Megan Guarnier (USA) TIBCO - To The Top0:00:44 
8Clara Hughes (Can) Team Specialized - lululemon0:00:48 
9Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
10Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope0:00:51 
11Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
12Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:00:55 
13Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
14Amber Neben (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon  
15Rossella Ratto (Ita) Italy0:01:00 
16Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Be Pink  
17Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) RusVelo0:01:06 
18Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) GreenEdge - AIS  
19Rasa Lelivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Tepso0:01:10 
20Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
21Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bizkaia - Durango  
22Julie Beveridge (Can) Vienne Futuroscope  
23Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon0:01:17 
24Amélie Rivat (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:01:20 
25Christine Majerus (Lux) Team GSD Gestion  
26Aude Biannic (Fra) France  
27Noemi Cantele (Ita) Be Pink0:01:23 
28Andrea Graus (Aut) Vienne Futuroscope0:01:24 
29Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini0:01:27 
30Andrea Dvorak (USA) United States0:01:32 
31Adriana Visser (Ned) Skil Argos  
32Carla Ryan (Aus) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
33Julie Krasniak (Fra) France0:01:35 
34Sylwia Kapusta (Pol) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team0:01:44 
35Kristin McGrath (USA) United States0:01:48 
36Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) RusVelo0:01:50 
37Larisa Pankova (Rus) Russia0:01:52 
38Claudia Hausler (Ger) GreenEdge - AIS0:02:00 
39Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team0:02:09 
40Manon Souyris (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:02:55 
41Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team0:03:55 
42Siobhan Horgan (Irl) Team GSD Gestion0:05:12 
43Joanna Van De Winkel (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
44Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Italy0:05:14 
45Alexia Muffat (Fra) France  
46Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012  
47Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team0:05:19 
48Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:05:21 
49Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Russia  
50Patricia Schwager (Swi) Team GSD Gestion  
51Ine Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012  
52Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam0:05:27 
53Elena Berlato (Ita) Italy0:05:29 
54Olga Zabelinskaia (Rus) RusVelo  
55Edwige Pitel (Fra) France  
56Polona Batagelj (Slo) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
57Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini0:05:31 
58Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango0:05:32 
59Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Be Pink  
60Petra Dijkman (Ned) Kleo Ladies Team  
61Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil Argos  
62Anouska Koster (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
63Marina Likhanova (Rus) Russia0:05:37 
64Lise Nöstvold (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
65Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
66Mélanie Bravard (Fra) Team GSD Gestion0:05:44 
67Else Belmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012  
68Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam0:05:46 
69Nathalie Lamborelle (Ned) Kleo Ladies Team  
70Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren Honda Team  
71Giuseppina Grassi (Mex) Faren Honda Team0:05:53 
72Lise Olivier (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
73Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) GreenEdge - AIS0:05:58 
74Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giambenini0:06:01 
75Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:06:04 
76Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team0:06:08 
77Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
78Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team0:06:19 
79Amanda Spratt (Aus) GreenEdge - AIS0:06:22 
80Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
81Alona Andruk (Ukr) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
82Amanda Miller (USA) TIBCO - To The Top0:06:40 
83Janel Holcomb (USA) United States  
84Ally Stacher (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon0:07:16 
85Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Netherlands  
86Geerike Schreurs (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:07:26 
87Lauren Hall (USA) TIBCO - To The Top  
88Tayler Wiles (USA) United States0:07:29 
89Sophie De Boer (Ned) Netherlands0:07:33 
90Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France0:07:35 
91Julia Martisova (Rus) Be Pink0:07:58 
92Carlee Taylor (Aus) Vienne Futuroscope0:08:08 
93Lucie Pader (Fra) Team GSD Gestion0:09:31 
94Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team0:09:55 
95Susanna Zorzi (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini0:10:03 
96Elena Cecchini (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini0:10:08 
97Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Be Pink0:10:09 
98Aniska Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 20120:10:16 
99Jennifer Wheeler (USA) TIBCO - To The Top0:10:39 
100Inge Roggeman (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:11:00 
101Jennifer Purcel (USA) TIBCO - To The Top0:11:06 
102Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Germany0:11:11 
103Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Diadora - Pasta Zara0:11:20 
104Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Team Specialized - lululemon0:11:28 
105Julia Soek (Ned) Netherlands0:11:32 
106Martina Corazza (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team0:11:34 
107Sarah-Lena Hofmann (Ger) Germany  
108Alessandra D'Ettorre (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
109Monia Baccaille (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini  
110Lisa Fischer (Ger) Germany  
111Elena Utrobina (Rus) Faren Honda Team0:11:46 
112Aleksandra Sosenko (Ltu) Vaiano Tepso  
113Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team0:11:51 
114Elena Bocharnikova (Rus) Russia0:11:56 
115Katazina Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Tepso0:11:58 
116Martina Zwick (Ger) Germany0:12:05 
117Samantha Schneider (USA) TIBCO - To The Top0:12:08 
118Irina Molicheva (Rus) RusVelo0:12:24 
119Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) Russia0:14:34 
120Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:16:02 
121Anne De Wildt (Ned) Skil Argos0:16:05 
122Esra Tromp (Ned) Skil Argos0:16:09 
123Myfanway Galloway (Aus) Faren Honda Team0:16:12 
124Viviana Gatto (Ita) Italy0:16:25 
125Marie Lindberg (Swe) Kleo Ladies Team  
126Alie Gercama (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam0:16:40 
127Ruth Winder (USA) United States  
128Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Skil Argos0:16:44 
DNFMagdalena De Saint Jean (Fra) France  
DNFValentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Tepso  
DNFGloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
DNFUrte Juodvalkyte (Ltu) Vaiano Tepso  
DNFHenriette Woering (Ned) Netherlands  
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) Vaiano Tepso  
DNFLisa Küllmer (Ger) Germany  
DNFLisa Poller (Ger) Germany  
DNFAizan Zhaparova (Rus) Russia  
DNFJosien Van Wingerden (Ned) Netherlands  
DNFDorleta Eskamendi (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
DNFSvetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFAne Santesteban (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
DNFCristina Alcalde (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
DNFGilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012  
DNFLatoya Brulee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012  
DNFKaat Hannes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
DNFChiara Nadalutti (Ita) Faren Honda Team  
DNFRomy Kasper (Ger) RusVelo  
DNFCeline Van Severen (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
DNFBirgit Lavrijssen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
DNFMarissa Otten (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
DNFAgne Silinyte (Ltu) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
DNFEvelyn Garcia (ESa) Be Pink  
DNFKelly Markus (Ned) Skil Argos  
DNFJessie Daams (Bel) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
DNFEmma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
DNFEvelyn Arys (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team  
DNFNicole Cooke (GBr) Faren Honda Team  
World Cup - Individual standings after 4 rounds
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team200pts
2Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEdge - AIS139 
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team86 
4Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team80 
5Evelyn Stevens (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon75 
6Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon62 
7Adrie Visser (Ned) Skil Argos56 
8Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team52 
9Kristin Armstrong (USA) United States50 
10Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini50 
11Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) GreenEdge - AIS40 
12Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara39 
13Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies38 
14Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) GreenEdge - AIS35 
15Joelle Numainville (Can) Canada35 
16Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team30 
17Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam27 
18Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope26 
19Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Be Pink26 
20Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Team Specialized - lululemon24 
21Noemi Cantele (Ita) Be Pink24 
22Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team24 
23Megan Guarnier (USA) TIBCO - To The Top21 
24Christine Majerus (Lux) Team GSD Gestion19 
25Clara Hughes (Can) Team Specialized - lululemon18 
26Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team18 
27Monia Baccaille (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini18 
28Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) GreenEdge - AIS18 
29Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team16 
30Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope13 
31Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) RusVelo9 
32Carmen McNellis Small (USA) United States8 
33Romy Kasper (Ger) RusVelo8 
34Amber Neben (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon7 
35Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 20127 
36Nicole Cooke (GBr) Faren Honda Team7 
37Rossella Ratto (Ita) Italy6 
38Janneke Kanis (Ned) Skil Argos6 
39Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox5 
40Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Tepso4 
41Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team4 
42Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team3 
43Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team3 
44Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon3 
45Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team2 
46Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team1 
47Amélie Rivat (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope1 
48Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team1 
World Cup - Team standings after 4 rounds
1Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team271pts
2Greenedge - AIS232 
3Team Specialized - lululemon189 
4AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team135 
5Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team90 
6MCipollini Giambenini68 
7United States58 
8Skil Argos57 
9Be Pink50 
10Vienne Futuroscope40 
11Diadora - Pasta Zara39 
12Lotto Belisol Ladies38 
13Canada35 
14Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam27 
15Sengers Ladies Cycling Team24 
16TIBCO - To The Top21 
17Team GSD Gestion19 
18RusVelo17 
19Faren Honda Team7 
19Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 20127 
21Italy6 
22S.C. Michela Fanini Rox5 
23Netherlands5 
24Vaiano Tepso4 

 

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