Ellen van Dijk wins Tour of Flanders World Cup

Armitstead makes it a Boels Dolmans 1-2 in Oudenaarde

Ellen van Dijk (Boels Dolmans) soloed to an impressive victory at the women’s Tour of Flanders. Her teammate Lizzie Armitstead beat Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) in the sprint behind to give the Dutch team a 1-2.

Van Dijk went on the attack with 27 kilometres remaining, just before Kruisberg and used her time trialling skills to keep the chasers at bay. The reigning world time trial champion hit a speed of 55 kph as she powered to her first victory of the year. A number of riders tried to catch her, including Tiffany Cromwell (Specialized-Lululemon) and compatriot Lucinda Brand (Rabo Liv).

Armitstead’s second place is her third podium of the year, from three world cup races, and will keep hold of the lead in the competition.

"Those last kilometres were really hard," Van Dijk said to the UCI. "I still can't believe I did it. I wanted to win three races in my career: the world title, the Tour of Flanders and the Olympics. Now only one remains."

Although there were a number of attacks during the 139.6km race, the women's field stayed largely together, at least at the front of the race. The first hour saw numerous crashes, sending riders such as Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS) and Rikke Lønne of Team Rytger to the hospital as rain and nerves made the racing dangerous.

Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS) and Valentina Carretta (Alé-Cipollini) had a go, but could not gain even half a minute on the field, and while Carretta tried again with Lucinda Brand (Rabo-Liv), as the race hit the critical final kilometers the peloton was still intact.

The decisive moment came when van Dijk attacked on the Kruisberg with 26km remaining, and quickly built up an advantage, the world individual time trial champion clearly capable of riding alone to the finish.

"It was our team tactics played out to perfection. I would go first and we would have Lizzie (Armitstead) behind me. It was from the book," van Dijk said.

Specialized-Lululemon's Tiffany Cromwell tried to go across, but was caught by the chase on the Oude Kwaremont. With only one climb to go, the Paterberg, Van Dijk's lead grew to 38 seconds.

As Van Dijk continued to build her lead, Armitstead, Emma Johansson and Elisa Longo Borghini left the field behind but were never able to close on the powerful Dutch rider. Once the Paterberg was behind her, Van Dijk made easy work of the final 13km to the line.

"It hurt, but when with a few kilometres to go I had a tailwind I knew I could win. And if you know your teammate is behind you, you can go just a little bit faster," Van Dijk said.

For Armitstead it's the third podium place in a row this season. After her victory in Drenthe she came in second both today as in Trofeo Binda. "Ellen worked hard for me in the previous races. That's the beauty of this sport. We are a team I was really emotional when she won," Armitstead said. She now leads the World Cup with 320 points to Johansson's 240. Van Dijk moved into fourth, just 15 points behind Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv).

Rabo-Liv claimed the sprint classification lead with Iris Slappendel and the best young rider's jersey by Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. Van der Breggen moved into the lead of the mountains classification.

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Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team3:47:50 
2Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:01:01 
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS  
4Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products0:01:03 
5Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
6Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
7Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
8Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
9Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized - Lululemon  
10Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized - Lululemon  
11Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:01:10 
12Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:01:16 
13Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:01:21 
14Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
15Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon  
16Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
17Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren  
18Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
19Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Alé Cipollini  
20Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Futurumshop.Nl - Zannata  
21Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products  
22Carmen Small (USA) Specialized - Lululemon  
23Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
24Lauren Komanski (USA) USA National Team  
25Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
26Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren  
27Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - Lululemon  
28Irene San Sebastian Lasa (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango0:02:32 
29Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team  
30Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:02:33 
31Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) RusVelo0:04:16 
32Kaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:04:17 
33Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano0:04:19 
34Amélie Rivat (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
35Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon0:05:01 
36Kim De Baat (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
37Sarah Roy (Aus) Vienne Futuroscope  
38Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
39Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
40Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products  
41Grace Verbeke (Bel) Futurumshop.Nl - Zannata  
42Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
43Vera Koedooder (Ned) Bigla Cycling Team  
44Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
45Martina Ritter (Aut) BTC City Ljubljana  
46Esra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
47Chiara Pierobon (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
48Maria Adele Tuia (Ita) Servetto Footon  
49Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Futurumshop.Nl - Zannata  
50Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) RusVelo  
51Annelies Dom (Bel) Futurumshop.Nl - Zannata  
52Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
53Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
54Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec Products  
55Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) RusVelo  
56Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda  
57Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
58Elena Berlato (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
59Peta Mullens (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
60Taryn Heather (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team  
61Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica - AIS  
62Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
63Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS  
64Valentina Carretta (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
65Lauren Hall (USA) USA National Team  
66Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren0:05:05 
67Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products  
68Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano  
69Latoya Brulee (Bel) Futurumshop.Nl - Zannata0:05:53 
70Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) RusVelo0:06:41 
71Jacqueline Hahn (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team  
72Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Wiggle Honda  
73Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:07:10 
74Lara Vieceli (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
75Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Team Rytger  
76Alexis Ryan (USA) USA National Team  
77Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
78Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto Footon  
79Amy Cure (Aus) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:07:13 
80Maura Kinsella (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
81Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
82Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:08:21 
83Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
84Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Lointek  
85Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
86Jessy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:09:57 
GPM 1 Leberg
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team6 pts
2Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica - AIS4 
3Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team2 
GPM 2 Paterberg
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team6 pts
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS4 
3Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team6 pts
2Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team4 
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS2 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team8 pts
2Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team6 
3Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano6 
4Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team6 
5Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team6 
6Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products4 
7Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS4 
8Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica - AIS4 
9Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano2 
10Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team12 pts
2Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team8 
3Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team6 
4Carmen Small (USA) Specialized - Lululemon6 
5Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Alé Cipollini4 
6Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team4 
7Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2 
8Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2 
9Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS2 
10Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano2 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Boels Dolmans Cycling Team574 pts
2Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team471 
3Orica - AIS240 
4Specialized - Lululemon175 
5Hitec Products144 
6Team Giant-Shimano142 
7Alé Cipollini91 
8Astana Bepink Womens Team85 
9Lotto Belisol Ladies66 
10Wiggle Honda50 
11Estado de Mexico Faren47 
13BTC City Ljubljana18 
14Vienne Futuroscope10 
15Top Girls Fassa Bortolo8 
16Futurumshop.Nl - Zannata2 


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