Vos wins her fourth Flèche Wallonne

Dutchwoman assumes World Cup lead

Marianne Vos proved that she is the top women’s Classics rider of 2011 by winning her second World Cup race in five days, becoming the only woman to have won the Flèche Wallonne four times.

The 109.5km race started in Huy, and covered all of the same climbs as the men’s event, but with only two ascents of the Mur de Huy to the men’s three.

The race began with attacks from the start, but none had been able to stay away until HTC-Highroad’s Evelyn Stevens attacked solo after the Côte de Bohisseau. At one point, she held an advantage of 1:15, but a group of 20 riders, including Emma Johansson (Hitec Products UCK), Judith Arndt (HTC-Highroad), Nicole Cooke (MCipollini-Giambenini) and Marianne Vos (Nederland Bloeit), was chasing hard, and by the time she crossed the Mur de Huy for the first time, her gap had dropped to 20 seconds.

She was finally caught with about 15 km to go, and in the final ten kilometres an elite group was leading the race. With under five kilometres to go, Diadora-Pasta Zara’s Olga Zabelinskaya attacked, and was joined by Vos, but they were caught within the last kilometres, and the group came together for the final climb of the Mur de Huy.

In an exciting final sprint up the Mur, Vos finished three seconds ahead of Emma Johansson. This is Johansson’s second time to occupy the second step of the podium in the race – the Swedish rider finished in second place in 2009 and in third place last year. Judith Arndt, who will be on the podium for her fifth time, came home in third.

'It's a really hard climb and so a few seconds is only a few metres but a win is a win, it doesn't matter how big the gap is." Vos told Cyclingnews after the race

"Evelyn Stevens was in the lead and we tried to control the race and my teammates did a great job to keep me out of the wind and keep me in front. Evelyn is really strong but it's really hard alone on the climbs and up the Mur two times. There was a long way to go and we held her at a minute and then my teammate Annemiek van Vleuten did a great job with some Garmin riders.

“We caught Stevens and then after that it was important not to let anyone else escape before the climb.”

This has been a spectacular year for the 23-year old Dutch rider, who started 2011 by winning the Cyclocross World Championships in Sankt Wendel, and won her second rainbow jersey of the year in the Scratch race at the Track World championships in Apeldoorn, taking her total number of World Championship gold medals to seven.

Riding track delayed Vos’ start on the road, but her win today means she takes the lead in the UCI Road World Cup series from her teammate Annemiek van Vleuten, who finished the race in sixth place.

Vos leads the series with 185 points over Van Vleuten’s 158, and Emma Johansson retains her third place in the standings on 145. The fifth round of the World Cup will be the Tour of Chong Ming Island on May 15.

Full Results
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit2:58:27 
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - UCK0:00:03 
3Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Highroad Women0:00:06 
4Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo0:00:15 
5Nicole Cooke (GBr) SC MCipollini Giordana  
6Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit0:00:21 
7Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) France  
8Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team0:00:24 
9Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana0:00:26 
10Kristin McGrath (USA) United States of America0:00:27 
11Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
12Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
13Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss  
14Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo0:00:30 
15Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Honda Team0:00:35 
16Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope  
17Sharon Laws (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo0:00:38 
18Edwige Pitel (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:00:45 
19Carmen McNellis Small (USA) TIBCO - To The Top0:00:47 
20Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team0:00:49 
21Natalya Boyarskaya (Rus) Russian Federation0:00:53 
22Amber Neben (USA) HTC Highroad Women0:00:55 
23Lindsey Myers (USA) United States of America  
24Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Russian Federation0:00:58 
25Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green0:01:00 
26Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) Gauss0:01:02 
27Aude Biannic (Fra) France0:01:04 
28Megan Guarnier (USA) TIBCO - To The Top0:01:06 
29Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Gauss  
30Daphny van den Brand (Ned) Netherlands0:01:15 
31Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion0:01:17 
32Romy Kasper (Ger) Germany  
33Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Russian Federation0:01:24 
34Sylwia Kapusta (Pol) Gauss0:01:26 
35Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Netherlands0:01:27 
36Madeleine Olsson (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green0:01:29 
37Carla Ryan (Aus) Garmin - Cervelo0:01:30 
38Nina Ovcharenko (Ukr) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox0:01:39 
39Shara Gillow (Aus) Australia0:01:42 
40Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Honda Team0:01:46 
41Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia0:01:58 
42Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Honda Team0:02:26 
43Irina Molicheva (Rus) Russian Federation0:02:49 
44Petra Dijkman (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team0:03:18 
45Jessie Daams (Bel) Garmin - Cervelo0:03:38 
46Lise Nöstvold (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK0:03:43 
47Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo  
48Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team0:03:48 
49Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit0:03:55 
50Trixi Worrack (Ger) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
51Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC Highroad Women  
52Sandrine Bideau (Fra) France0:04:10 
53Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo0:04:15 
54Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products - UCK0:04:20 
55Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Colavita Forno d'Asolo0:05:07 
56Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
57Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Honda Team  
58Sarah-Lena Hofmann (Ger) Germany0:05:11 
59Samantha Galassi (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana0:05:18 
60Serena Sheridan (NZl) TIBCO - To The Top0:05:19 
61Eugenie Mermillod Anseleme (Fra) France0:05:22 
62Katarzyna Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech0:05:24 
63Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands  
64Chiara Nadalutti (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team0:05:28 
65Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
66Ine Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team  
67Anne De Wildt (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
68Jennifer Hohl (Swi) SC MCipollini Giordana  
69Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women0:05:31 
70Uenia Fernandes Da Souza (Bra) Colavita Forno d'Asolo0:05:33 
71Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France  
72Marie Lindberg (Swe) Abus Nutrixxion  
73Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
74Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team0:05:37 
75Noortje Tabak (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
76Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
77Catherine Delfosse (Bel) Lotto Honda Team0:05:42 
78Martina Ruzickova (Cze) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
79Marta Bastianelli (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana  
80Sophie De Boer (Ned) Netherlands0:07:23 
81Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team0:08:05 
HDAlison Starnes (USA) United States of America  
HDJennie Stenerhag (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green  
HDTayler Wiles (USA) United States of America  
HDAmélie Rivat (Fra) France  
HDLinn Torp (Nor) Alriksson Go:Green  
HDSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
HDAmber Pierce (USA) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
HDChiara Vanni (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
HDGiada Borgato (Ita) Colavita Forno d'Asolo  
HDJulia Ilinikh (Rus) Russian Federation  
HDLorena Foresi (Ita) Gauss  
HDMarion Rousse (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
HDJoanne Kiesanowski (NZl) TIBCO - To The Top  
HDLaura Fouquet (Ger) Germany  
HDKarin Aune (Swe) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
HDEmmanuelle Merlot (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
HDSimona Frapporti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
HDAnnelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands  
HDAmanda Miller (USA) HTC Highroad Women  
HDAlessandra Borchi (Ita) Gauss  
HDEska Tromp (Ned) Netherlands  
HDMartina Corazza (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
HDTania Belvederesi (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
HDLinnea Sjöblom (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green  
HDUrte Juodvalkyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
DNFMaria Grandt Petersen (Den) Abus Nutrixxion  
DNFTetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) Colavita Forno d'Asolo  
DNFGrace Verbeke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team  
DNFSjoukje Dufoer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team  
DNFAnisha Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team  
DNFEmma Mackie (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top  
DNFCarlee Taylor (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top  
DNFFiona Dutriaux (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
DNFGabriela Slamova (Cze) Vienne Futuroscope  
DNFGloria Presti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFBridie O'Donnell (Aus) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFAnna Fischer (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion  
DNFElena Valentini (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
DNFHeleen Van Vliet (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
DNFJessica Kihlbom (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green  
DNFElla Michal (Isr) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFSara Grifi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFValentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
DNFIrene Falorni (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
DNFAngela McClure (Aus) Kleo Ladies Team  
DNFFrancesca Tognali (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
DNFModesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Colavita Forno d'Asolo  
DNFNathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Abus Nutrixxion  
DNFRowena Fry (Aus) Australia  
DNFEmilie Aubry (Swi) Nederland Bloeit  
DNFMonia Baccaille (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana  
DNFCecilie Johansen (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK  
DNFEmilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK  
DNFMarie Voreland (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK  
DNFTrine Schmidt (Den) Garmin - Cervelo  
DNFMarijn De Vries (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
DNFAdrie Visser (Ned) HTC Highroad Women  
DNFRuth Corset (Aus) Australia  
DNFLauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia  
DNFRosane Kirch (Bra) Colavita Forno d'Asolo  
DNFFranziska Merten (Ger) Germany  
DNFJanine Bubner (Ger) Germany  
DNFAlie Gercama (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
DNFWinanda Spoor (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
DNFGeerike Schreurs (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
DNFJacquelyn Crowell (USA) United States of America  
DNFJessica Prinner (USA) United States of America  
DNFClaudia Häusler (Ger) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
DNFShelley Olds (USA) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
DNFInga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
DNFBelinda Goss (Aus) Australia  
DNSKim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  

World Cup standings after 4 rounds

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit185 pts
2Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit158 
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - UCK145 
4Emma Pooley (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo86 
5Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Highroad Women83 
6Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team76 
7Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss66 
8Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team54 
9Grace Verbeke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team49 
10Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo41 
11Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Highroad Women38 
12Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) France36 
13Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Colavita Forno d'Asolo35 
14Shelley Olds (USA) Diadora - Pasta Zara35 
15Nicole Cooke (GBr) SC MCipollini Giordana27 
16Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team27 
17Joelle Numainville (Can) TIBCO - To The Top24 
18Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team24 
19Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Honda Team24 
20Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Diadora - Pasta Zara24 
21Monia Baccaille (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana23 
22Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana17 
23Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo15 
24Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team12 
25Christine Majerus (Lux) Team GSD Gestion12 
26Kristin McGrath (USA) United States Of America11 
27Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo11 
28Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech10 
29Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Gauss10 
30Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit9 
31Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss8 
32Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo7 
33Andrea Bosman (Ned) Netherlands7 
34Noortje Tabak (Ned) Nederland Bloeit7 
35Martina Zwick (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion6 
36Aude Biannic (Fra) France6 
37Carmen McNellis Small (USA) TIBCO - To The Top6 
38Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope5 
39Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green5 
40Sharon Laws (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo4 
41Polona Batagelj (Slo) Bizkaia-Durango4 
42Edwige Pitel (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope3 
43Belinda Goss (Aus) Australia3 
44Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit3 
45Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia2 
46Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) United States Of America1 
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