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Stevens triumphs at La Flèche Wallonne Féminine

By:
Laura Weislo

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

1 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon 3:26:32  
2 Marianne Vos (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team 0:00:04  
3 Linda Villumsen (NZl) GreenEdge - AIS 0:00:20  
4 Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 0:00:27  
5 Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies 0:00:41  
6 Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEdge - AIS    
7 Megan Guarnier (USA) TIBCO - To The Top 0:00:44  
8 Clara Hughes (Can) Team Specialized - lululemon 0:00:48  
9 Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team    
10 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope 0:00:51  
11 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team    
12 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 0:00:55  
13 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team    
14 Amber Neben (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon    
15 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Italy 0:01:00  
16 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Be Pink    
17 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) RusVelo 0:01:06  
18 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) GreenEdge - AIS    
19 Rasa Lelivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Tepso 0:01:10  
20 Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team    
21 Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bizkaia - Durango    
22 Julie Beveridge (Can) Vienne Futuroscope    
23 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon 0:01:17  
24 Amélie Rivat (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 0:01:20  
25 Christine Majerus (Lux) Team GSD Gestion    
26 Aude Biannic (Fra) France    
27 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Be Pink 0:01:23  
28 Andrea Graus (Aut) Vienne Futuroscope 0:01:24  
29 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini 0:01:27  
30 Andrea Dvorak (USA) United States 0:01:32  
31 Adriana Visser (Ned) Skil Argos    
32 Carla Ryan (Aus) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team    
33 Julie Krasniak (Fra) France 0:01:35  
34 Sylwia Kapusta (Pol) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team 0:01:44  
35 Kristin McGrath (USA) United States 0:01:48  
36 Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) RusVelo 0:01:50  
37 Larisa Pankova (Rus) Russia 0:01:52  
38 Claudia Hausler (Ger) GreenEdge - AIS 0:02:00  
39 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team 0:02:09  
40 Manon Souyris (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 0:02:55  
41 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team 0:03:55  
42 Siobhan Horgan (Irl) Team GSD Gestion 0:05:12  
43 Joanna Van De Winkel (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
44 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Italy 0:05:14  
45 Alexia Muffat (Fra) France    
46 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012    
47 Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team 0:05:19  
48 Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies 0:05:21  
49 Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Russia    
50 Patricia Schwager (Swi) Team GSD Gestion    
51 Ine Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012    
52 Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam 0:05:27  
53 Elena Berlato (Ita) Italy 0:05:29  
54 Olga Zabelinskaia (Rus) RusVelo    
55 Edwige Pitel (Fra) France    
56 Polona Batagelj (Slo) Diadora - Pasta Zara    
57 Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini 0:05:31  
58 Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango 0:05:32  
59 Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Be Pink    
60 Petra Dijkman (Ned) Kleo Ladies Team    
61 Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil Argos    
62 Anouska Koster (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam    
63 Marina Likhanova (Rus) Russia 0:05:37  
64 Lise Nöstvold (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team    
65 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam    
66 Mélanie Bravard (Fra) Team GSD Gestion 0:05:44  
67 Else Belmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012    
68 Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam 0:05:46  
69 Nathalie Lamborelle (Ned) Kleo Ladies Team    
70 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren Honda Team    
71 Giuseppina Grassi (Mex) Faren Honda Team 0:05:53  
72 Lise Olivier (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
73 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) GreenEdge - AIS 0:05:58  
74 Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giambenini 0:06:01  
75 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies 0:06:04  
76 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team 0:06:08  
77 Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team    
78 Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team 0:06:19  
79 Amanda Spratt (Aus) GreenEdge - AIS 0:06:22  
80 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara    
81 Alona Andruk (Ukr) Diadora - Pasta Zara    
82 Amanda Miller (USA) TIBCO - To The Top 0:06:40  
83 Janel Holcomb (USA) United States    
84 Ally Stacher (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon 0:07:16  
85 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Netherlands    
86 Geerike Schreurs (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 0:07:26  
87 Lauren Hall (USA) TIBCO - To The Top    
88 Tayler Wiles (USA) United States 0:07:29  
89 Sophie De Boer (Ned) Netherlands 0:07:33  
90 Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France 0:07:35  
91 Julia Martisova (Rus) Be Pink 0:07:58  
92 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Vienne Futuroscope 0:08:08  
93 Lucie Pader (Fra) Team GSD Gestion 0:09:31  
94 Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 0:09:55  
95 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini 0:10:03  
96 Elena Cecchini (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini 0:10:08  
97 Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Be Pink 0:10:09  
98 Aniska Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012 0:10:16  
99 Jennifer Wheeler (USA) TIBCO - To The Top 0:10:39  
100 Inge Roggeman (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 0:11:00  
101 Jennifer Purcel (USA) TIBCO - To The Top 0:11:06  
102 Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Germany 0:11:11  
103 Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Diadora - Pasta Zara 0:11:20  
104 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Team Specialized - lululemon 0:11:28  
105 Julia Soek (Ned) Netherlands 0:11:32  
106 Martina Corazza (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team 0:11:34  
107 Sarah-Lena Hofmann (Ger) Germany    
108 Alessandra D'Ettorre (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara    
109 Monia Baccaille (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini    
110 Lisa Fischer (Ger) Germany    
111 Elena Utrobina (Rus) Faren Honda Team 0:11:46  
112 Aleksandra Sosenko (Ltu) Vaiano Tepso    
113 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team 0:11:51  
114 Elena Bocharnikova (Rus) Russia 0:11:56  
115 Katazina Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Tepso 0:11:58  
116 Martina Zwick (Ger) Germany 0:12:05  
117 Samantha Schneider (USA) TIBCO - To The Top 0:12:08  
118 Irina Molicheva (Rus) RusVelo 0:12:24  
119 Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) Russia 0:14:34  
120 Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 0:16:02  
121 Anne De Wildt (Ned) Skil Argos 0:16:05  
122 Esra Tromp (Ned) Skil Argos 0:16:09  
123 Myfanway Galloway (Aus) Faren Honda Team 0:16:12  
124 Viviana Gatto (Ita) Italy 0:16:25  
125 Marie Lindberg (Swe) Kleo Ladies Team    
126 Alie Gercama (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam 0:16:40  
127 Ruth Winder (USA) United States    
128 Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Skil Argos 0:16:44  
DNF Magdalena De Saint Jean (Fra) France    
DNF Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Tepso    
DNF Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango    
DNF Urte Juodvalkyte (Ltu) Vaiano Tepso    
DNF Henriette Woering (Ned) Netherlands    
DNF Anna Trevisi (Ita) Vaiano Tepso    
DNF Lisa Küllmer (Ger) Germany    
DNF Lisa Poller (Ger) Germany    
DNF Aizan Zhaparova (Rus) Russia    
DNF Josien Van Wingerden (Ned) Netherlands    
DNF Dorleta Eskamendi (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango    
DNF Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Ane Santesteban (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango    
DNF Cristina Alcalde (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango    
DNF Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012    
DNF Latoya Brulee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012    
DNF Kaat Hannes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
DNF Chiara Nadalutti (Ita) Faren Honda Team    
DNF Romy Kasper (Ger) RusVelo    
DNF Celine Van Severen (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
DNF Birgit Lavrijssen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
DNF Marissa Otten (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam    
DNF Agne Silinyte (Ltu) Diadora - Pasta Zara    
DNF Evelyn Garcia (ESa) Be Pink    
DNF Kelly Markus (Ned) Skil Argos    
DNF Jessie Daams (Bel) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team    
DNF Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team    
DNF Evelyn Arys (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team    
DNF Nicole Cooke (GBr) Faren Honda Team    
World Cup - Individual standings after 4 rounds
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team 200 pts
2 Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEdge - AIS 139  
3 Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team 86  
4 Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 80  
5 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon 75  
6 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon 62  
7 Adrie Visser (Ned) Skil Argos 56  
8 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team 52  
9 Kristin Armstrong (USA) United States 50  
10 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini 50  
11 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) GreenEdge - AIS 40  
12 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara 39  
13 Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies 38  
14 Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) GreenEdge - AIS 35  
15 Joelle Numainville (Can) Canada 35  
16 Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 30  
17 Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam 27  
18 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope 26  
19 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Be Pink 26  
20 Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Team Specialized - lululemon 24  
21 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Be Pink 24  
22 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 24  
23 Megan Guarnier (USA) TIBCO - To The Top 21  
24 Christine Majerus (Lux) Team GSD Gestion 19  
25 Clara Hughes (Can) Team Specialized - lululemon 18  
26 Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 18  
27 Monia Baccaille (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini 18  
28 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) GreenEdge - AIS 18  
29 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team 16  
30 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 13  
31 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) RusVelo 9  
32 Carmen McNellis Small (USA) United States 8  
33 Romy Kasper (Ger) RusVelo 8  
34 Amber Neben (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon 7  
35 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012 7  
36 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Faren Honda Team 7  
37 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Italy 6  
38 Janneke Kanis (Ned) Skil Argos 6  
39 Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox 5  
40 Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Tepso 4  
41 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 4  
42 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team 3  
43 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team 3  
44 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon 3  
45 Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 2  
46 Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 1  
47 Amélie Rivat (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 1  
48 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team 1  
World Cup - Team standings after 4 rounds
1 Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team 271 pts
2 Greenedge - AIS 232  
3 Team Specialized - lululemon 189  
4 AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 135  
5 Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team 90  
6 MCipollini Giambenini 68  
7 United States 58  
8 Skil Argos 57  
9 Be Pink 50  
10 Vienne Futuroscope 40  
11 Diadora - Pasta Zara 39  
12 Lotto Belisol Ladies 38  
13 Canada 35  
14 Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam 27  
15 Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 24  
16 TIBCO - To The Top 21  
17 Team GSD Gestion 19  
18 RusVelo 17  
19 Faren Honda Team 7  
19 Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012 7  
21 Italy 6  
22 S.C. Michela Fanini Rox 5  
23 Netherlands 5  
24 Vaiano Tepso 4  

 

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