Van der Breggen wins La Fleche Wallonne Feminine

Boels Dolmans rider claims four in a row in Huy - Voxwomen video

Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) continues to dominate the women's Flèche Wallonne, taking her fourth consecutive victory in the race. With her third UCI Women's WorldTour (WWT) victory of the 2018 season, van der Breggen also moves into the overall lead of the WWT classification that she won last year.

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo Bigla) finished second and Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) rounded out the podium.

Starting and finishing in Huy, the race covered 118.5km in the Belgian provinces of Liège and Luxembourg. The difficulties were stacked in the second half of the race, with the steep climbs of Côte d'Ereffe, Côte de Cherave and Mur de Huy each climbed twice in the last 50km.

There were several breakaway attempts in the first hour, but only after 32km did the first rider get away from the peloton. Doris Schweizer (Team Virtu Cycling) built a one-minute lead and was caught by a chase group of four riders with 55km to go.

These five riders entered the Côte d'Ereffe together and still held an advantage of 1:10 minutes at the top. Canyon-SRAM took over the chase work in the peloton and reduced the gap to 20 seconds coming into the Côte de Cherave, where a peloton of some 40 riders caught the break. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Canyon-SRAM) accelerated on the climb, but had van der Breggen on her wheel immediately.

In the last 35 kilometres, the race was definitely on - but unfortunately for the fans of women's cycling, there was no live TV coverage of the race, making the Flèche Wallonne the first UCI Women's WorldTour race of the year not to be broadcast live at all.

Ferrand-Prévot's move led to a group of 14 riders including most pre-race favourites distancing the rest of the peloton. In the flat run-in to Huy, four riders attacked out of this group: Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans), Ferrand-Prévot, Janneke Ensing (Alé Cipollini), and Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) came onto the Mur de Huy together and crested the top 25 seconds ahead of a reduced peloton.

The four frontrunners held an advantage of between 40 and 50 seconds for much of the 29km circuit. Margarita Victoria García (Movistar Team) chased on her own between the front and the peloton, but never came closer than 25 seconds. The gap shrunk to 20 seconds on the Côte de Cherave, but the break could hold those 20 seconds until the foot of the 1.3-kilometre Mur de Huy (climbing at an average of 9.6%, with a maximum gradient around 20%).

The peloton, led by Moolman-Pasio, soon closed the gap to the front on the lower slopes of the finishing climb, but Spratt and Guarnier held strong and stayed in front for a sizable portion of the climb. Moolman-Pasio and van der Breggen eventually passed them on the steepest part and had enough left in their legs to compete for the win.

Van der Breggen and her teammate Guarnier rode on the front from around the 300-metre mark, blocking the way for Moolman-Pasio for a while. The South African accelerated past van der Breggen when a gap opened with 150 metres to go, but the Dutchwoman reacted immediately and sprinted to her fourth consecutive Flèche Wallonne victory ahead of Moolman-Pasio and Guarnier.

Van der Breggen also takes the overall lead in the UCI Women's WorldTour ahead of the next race, Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday, April 22.

Watch the Voxwomen interview with Van der Breggen and the final kilometre of the women's Flèche Wallonne in the two videos below.





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Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam3:10:14 
2Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:00:02 
3Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
4Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton Scott Women0:00:06 
5Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women0:00:17 
6Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00:19 
7Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:00:22 
8Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
9Anastasiia Iakovenko (Rus) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:25 
10Margarita Victoria Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:00:28 
11Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
12Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
13Janneke Ensing (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:00:35 
14Asja Paladin (Ita) Valcar PBM0:00:37 
15Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women  
16Ane Santesteban (Spa) Ale Cipollini  
17Lara Vieceli (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
18Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
19Brodie Chapman (Aus)0:00:42 
20Erica Magnaldi (Ita) BePink  
21Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
22Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:47 
23Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:50 
24Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
25Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:52 
26Ruth Winder (USA) Team Sunweb Women  
27Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:00:55 
28Anabelle Dreville (Fra) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:01:01 
29Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:01:08 
30Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Wiggle High5  
31Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
32Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:01:19 
33Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Drops0:01:20 
34Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
35Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women0:01:24 
36Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle High50:01:50 
37Spela Kern (Slo) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team0:02:15 
38Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM0:03:11 
39Lorena Llamas (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:03:18 
40Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:03:40 
41Paulien Rooijakkers (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:05:13 
42Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:05:21 
43Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Trek-Drops  
44Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:05:23 
45Emma Grant (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:05:27 
46Julie Van De Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:05:29 
47Lauren Stephens (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:05:32 
48Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
49Eva Buurman (Ned) Trek-Drops0:05:34 
50Omer Shapira (Isr) Cylance Pro Cycling0:05:44 
51Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:05:45 
52Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb Women  
53Alice Cobb (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:05:50 
54Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:05:55 
55Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:05:58 
56Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:06:03 
57Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu Cycling  
58Severine Eraud (Fra) Experza-Footlogix0:06:07 
59Sheyla Gutierrez (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
60Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:06:14 
61Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:06:19 
62Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5  
63Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:06:27 
64Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:06:33 
65Chiara Zanettin (Ita) Valcar PBM0:06:36 
66Demi de Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:06:46 
67Marion Sicot (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:08:23 
68Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Ale Cipollini0:08:41 
69Martina Ritter (Aut) Wiggle High5  
70Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
71Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink  
72Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
73Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:08:46 
74Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women  
75Anna Plichta (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:08:50 
76Lourdes Oyarbide (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
77Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:08:53 
78Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:08:56 
79Flavia De Oliveira (Bra) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team0:08:59 
80Jip van den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:09:04 
81Alicia Gonzalez (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
82Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:09:10 
83Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Trek-Drops0:09:11 
84Doris Schweizer (Swi) Team Virtu Cycling0:09:14 
85Louise Norman Hansen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
86Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team0:09:18 
87Charlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:09:25 
88Agnieszka Skalniak (Pol) Experza-Footlogix0:09:36 
89Hannah Payton (GBr) Trek-Drops0:10:15 
90Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar PBM0:10:17 
91Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar PBM0:10:42 
DNFSarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
DNFTereza Medvedova (Svk) BePink  
DNFMaria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink  
DNFAnnabel Simpson (GBr) Trek-Drops  
DNFIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM  
DNFIsabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFAlana Castrique (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFGloria Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
DNFLex Albrecht (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFMieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
DNFChristina Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team  
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
DNFSara Mustonen Lichan (Swe) Experza-Footlogix  
DNFJessy Druyts (Bel) Experza-Footlogix  
DNFAxelle Dubau-Prevot (Fra) Experza-Footlogix  
DNFSarah Rijkes (Aut) Experza-Footlogix  
DNFChristina Perchtold (Aut) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team  
DNFKathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team  
DNFMarieke van Witzenburg (Ned) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team  
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink  
DNFDaniela Reis (Por) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
DNFMia Radotić (Cro) Btc City Ljubljana  
DNFSkylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
DNFJessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women  
DNFJolien D'Hoore (Bel) Mitchelton Scott Women  
DNFGreta Richioud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFLotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMarie Vilmann (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFCoryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women  
DNFMaaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFTanja Elsner (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFLisa Morzenti (Ita) BePink  
DNFAnouska Koster (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
DNFRiejanne Markus (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
DNFRotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMarcella Toldi (Bra) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFChristina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFClaudia Koster (Ned) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFIngvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNFSofia Beggin (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
DNFAudrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High5  
DNSIngrid Drexel (Mex) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  


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