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Vos wins fifth La Flèche Wallonne Féminine

By:
Jane Aubrey

Dutch woman reigns supreme on the Mur de Huy

World Cup series leader, Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) wins her fifth Fleche Wallone Femmes ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies)

World Cup series leader, Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) wins her fifth Fleche Wallone Femmes ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies)

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Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) again reigned supreme on the Mur de Huy, outsprinting Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products - UCK) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies) to claim her fifth win at La Flèche Wallonne Féminine.

It was a race that was always going to come down to the Mur de Huy, despite the peloton at one point being in three separate groups split apart by considerable aggression from a number of teams following the first ascent of the taxing 1300 metre climb.

Vos led out the sprint with 100 metres remaining, dropping her pursuants' wheels,  and the victory never looked in doubt as the prolific Dutchwoman had enough time to sit up and celebrate in emphatic style, as the other two battled it out for the minor placings on the line.

The win for Vos came after she was defeated by Evelyn Stevens (Specialized - lululemon) in a two-up sprint in 2012.

"It may sound weird, in spite of everything, it's still exciting," Vos explained. "Every time I win, feel new again.

"That explosion of power, I can only do this once on such a climb," Vos continued, with the result of last year still fresh in the mind. "I did not want to waste it this time in an attempt to get away. After that mistake last year I wanted to wait as long as possible and that worked very well. "

The in-form Italian Longo Borghini was left frustrated on the ground while she waited for confirmation of her final result to go along with her gut instinct, but with that came lots of smiles.

"We were really close but I had a feeling that I was number two," the 21-year-old told Cyclingnews. "I was just waiting for the jury."

Longo Borghini's result on Wednesday isjust the latest in what has been an impressive spring, claiming top-10 performances at Le Samyn des Dames, Omloop van het Hageland, the Tour of Flanders and well as her victory at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda - Comune di Cittiglio World Cup race.

"I'm really happy for this race and for the whole spring," Longo Borghini said.  "My team did an amazing job. I really have to thank all my teammates and of course the staff.

"The last climb of the Mur was really hard. Vos went from around 100 metres and I tried to follow but in the end it was a sprint of two between me and Moolman."

Moolman's result was one for the history books, the first South African woman to podium in a World Cup race as well as her best result at the top level.

"I must say it's quite overwhelming," the 27-year-old told Cyclingnews. "I'm standing here today as a very proud South African and very proud African ambassador.

"I think I went a little too early," she said of the sprint to the line. "I got a little too excited; I could hear my manager on the radio saying ‘Use the steep part, use the steep part.' I think I tried to lunge for the second place but it was just so close."

The peloton was intact on the first climb of the day despite an early attack from Dani King (Wiggle Honda). Aleksandra Burchenkova (RusVelo) was next to attack, earning 20 seconds on the bunch, but she too was brought back.

Just under 50km of racing was done when the peloton shattered into action with eight riders gaining 42 seconds on the Côte de Bohissau. The peloton in two distinct groups, with the chase well and truly on, the eight leaders were caught and it was gruppo compatto once more.

The first ascent of the Mur de Huy at 65km saw splits emerge once more, with a large chunk of the peloton abandoning as the selection continued. As the riders re-fuelled, the race was back together and the finale was on the way was nearing.

Late attacks by Alena Amialiusik (BePink) and Katie Colclough (Specialized – lululemon) proved fruitless, never able to gain more than 30 seconds of clear air.

Former mountain biker Tatiana Guderzo (MCipollini Giordana) was prepared to give it one more crack however in the final 10km but the wider roads proved to be her downfall and her 10 second advantage was easily swallowed up, setting up Vos for another victory.

"Everyone thinks I'm here just to win, but so many factors play a role," the overwhelming pre-race favourite said following her victory. "Without a good team for example it is quite a bit trickier. Moreover, it was terribly hard and it hurt. Although I felt good, but the Flèche Wallonne is a very grueling race. Winning on the Mur de Huy is never easy. It is also a matter of tactics."

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant 3:34:32  
2 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK    
3 Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
4 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 0:00:06  
5 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS    
6 Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon 0:00:19  
7 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) BePink 0:00:25  
8 Amber Neben (USA) Pasta Zara-Cogeas 0:00:28  
9 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS 0:00:33  
10 Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
11 Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) GSD Gestion-Kallisto    
12 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:00:40  
13 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Liv/Giant 0:00:42  
14 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
15 Edwige Pitel (Fra) France    
16 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team 0:00:46  
17 Elena Kuchinskaia (Rus) RusVelo 0:00:48  
18 Amélie Rivat (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
19 Marijn De Vries (Ned) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
20 Noemi Cantele (Ita) BePink 0:00:54  
21 Kristin Mcgrath (USA) US National Team    
22 Ane Santesteban (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango 0:00:56  
23 Georgia Williams (NZl) BePink 0:00:59  
24 Megan Guarnier (USA) Rabobank Liv/Giant    
25 Anouska Koster (Ned) Team Polaris 0:01:01  
26 Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bizkaia-Durango    
27 Celine Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies 0:01:06  
28 Dalia Muccioli (Ita) BePink 0:01:11  
29 Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango 0:01:14  
30 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon 0:01:17  
31 Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica-AIS 0:01:22  
32 Christine Majerus (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 0:01:29  
33 Oriane Chaumet (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
34 Aude Biannic (Fra) France 0:01:43  
35 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS 0:01:59  
36 Lauren Hall (USA) US National Team 0:02:13  
37 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giordana 0:02:21  
38 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) MCipollini Giordana 0:02:23  
39 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana 0:02:24  
40 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 0:02:34  
41 Oksana Kozonchuk (Rus) RusVelo 0:02:36  
42 Elena Bocharnikova (Rus) RusVelo 0:02:43  
43 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team 0:02:51  
44 Sandrine Bideau (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 0:03:28  
45 Adrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:04:29  
46 Joanna Rowsell (GBr) Wiggle Honda    
47 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS 0:04:32  
48 Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata    
49 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Hitec Products UCK 0:04:38  
50 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant 0:04:46  
51 Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant 0:04:59  
52 Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon    
53 Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda 0:05:01  
54 Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana 0:05:06  
55 Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
56 Inge Roggeman (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
57 Manon Souyris (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 0:08:16  
58 Emmanuelle Merlot (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
59 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team    
60 Aleksandra Burchenkova (Rus) RusVelo 0:08:35  
61 Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) RusVelo 0:08:41  
62 Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France    
63 Vera Koedooder (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 0:08:47  
64 Amy Pieters (Ned) Argos-Shimano 0:08:50  
65 Lina-Kristin Schink (Ger) GSD Gestion-Kallisto 0:08:54  
66 Jessie Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer 0:08:55  
67 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 0:08:58  
68 Ine Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer 0:09:06  
69 Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant 0:09:08  
70 Jessie Maclean (Aus) Orica-AIS 0:09:10  
71 Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized-lululemon 0:09:14  
72 Laura Trott (GBr) Wiggle Honda 0:09:15  
73 Dorleta Eskamendi (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango 0:09:17  
74 Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK 0:09:19  
75 Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Pasta Zara-Cogeas 0:09:26  
76 Stephanie De Croock (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer 0:09:35  
77 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team    
78 Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer 0:09:37  
79 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Hitec Products UCK 0:09:40  
80 Katie Colclough (GBr) Specialized-lululemon 0:09:53  
DNF Tayler Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon    
DNF Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Hitec Products UCK    
DNF Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK    
DNF Martine Bras (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
DNF Emma Trott (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
DNF Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
DNF Birgit Lavrijssen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
DNF Lucy Garner (GBr) Argos-Shimano    
DNF Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Argos-Shimano    
DNF Willeke Knol (Ned) Argos-Shimano    
DNF Kelly Markus (Ned) Argos-Shimano    
DNF Esra Tromp (Ned) Argos-Shimano    
DNF Marion Rousse (Ned) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
DNF Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda    
DNF Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda    
DNF Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle Honda    
DNF Elodie Hegoburu (Fra) France    
DNF Ludivine Loze (Fra) France    
DNF Lucie Pader (Fra) France    
DNF Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink    
DNF Simona Frapporti (Ita) BePink    
DNF Giada Borgato (Ita) Pasta Zara-Cogeas    
DNF Rossella Callovi (Ita) Pasta Zara-Cogeas    
DNF Silvija Latozaite (Ltu) Pasta Zara-Cogeas    
DNF Martina Ruzickova (Cze) Pasta Zara-Cogeas    
DNF Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team    
DNF Jutta Nieminen (Fin) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team    
DNF Annelies Dom (Bel) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata    
DNF Latoya Brulee (Bel) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata    
DNF Daisy Depoorter (Bel) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata    
DNF Carla Ryan (Aus) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata    
DNF Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata    
DNF Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giordana    
DNF Aizhan Zhaparova (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Charlene Delev (Ger) GSD Gestion-Kallisto    
DNF Mayra Del Rocio Rocha (Mex) GSD Gestion-Kallisto    
DNF Stephanie Roorda (Can) GSD Gestion-Kallisto    
DNF Sarah-Lena Hofmann (Ger) Team Polaris    
DNF Mieke Kröger (Ger) Team Polaris    
DNF Janine Van Der Meer (Ned) Team Polaris    
DNF Jessica Cutler (USA) US National Team    
DNF Emily Kachorek (USA) US National Team    
DNF Kendall Ryan (USA) US National Team    
DNF Ruth Winder (USA) US National Team    
DNF Els Belmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer    
DNF Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer    
DNF Lilibeth Chacon (Ven) Bizkaia-Durango    
DNF Mayalen Noriega (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango