Bastianelli wins women's Tour of Flanders

Van Vleuten second, Uttrup Ludwig third in three-up sprint

Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling) won the women's Tour of Flanders in a sprint of three, beating Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla).

"It was an incredible race," Bastianelli said in a post-race flash interview. "I'm really happy about this incredible result. It was a very hard race but I pulled it off.

"I've got a great team. I attacked on the Kwaremont as they told me to do. Today we had Bjarne Riis in the team car and so I couldn't make any mistakes. I kept going on the Paterberg and kept working all the way to the finish. I got on Van Vleuten's wheel and gave it everything to pull off the win.

"I've won some big races but this is a very, very important one for me."

A group of four formed on the Oude Kwaremont, however, Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) was dropped on the Paterberg, leaving three riders in front. The trio of Bastianelli, Van Vleuten and Uttrup Ludwig held off a chasing group on the run-in to the finish.

How it unfolded

With four cobblestone sections and ten hills, four of them cobbled, on 159.2km, and big crowds at the roadside, the Tour of Flanders is arguably the most prestigious classic on the women's calendar. The first hours of the race were dominated by a seven-rider breakaway.

Ilaria Sanguineti (Valcar Cylance), Sévérine Éraud (Doltcini-Van Eyck), Giulia Marchesini (Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano), Kylie Waterreus (Health Mate-Cyclelive), Kseniya Dobrynina (Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA), Silvia Valsecchi (BePink), and Chanella Stougje (Hitec Products-Birk Sport) were given an unusually large advantage for a women's race and were three minutes ahead at one point.

The Muur van Geraardsbergen broke up the break, and the chase work by the peloton reeled in the escapees in on the Kanarieberg with 46km to go. Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM) countered but could not get away. However, the speed over the climb broke up the race that was also marred by crashes and punctures.

Niewiadoma attacked on the Hotond climb and was followed by Uttrup Ludwig and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) but did not get away. The same fate befell Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-Scott) and Lisa Klein (Canyon-SRAM) who tried next, so it was a group of about 30 riders hitting the penultimate climb, the Oude Kwaremont, with 18km to go.

Bastianelli opened proceedings with an attack on the cobbles and attacked once more when she was reeled in, bringing Uttrup Ludwig, Van Vleuten, Niewiadoma, and Vos with her. Vos then punctured out of the front group while Uttrup Ludwig went solo over the top of the climb. Van Vleuten brought Bastianelli and Niewiadoma back to the Dane, and the quartet entered the Paterberg together. An acceleration by Van Vleuten dropped Niewiadoma while the other two could stay with the Dutchwoman.

After the Paterberg, the leading trio was 28 seconds ahead of a chase group with Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans), Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo), Sofia Bertizzolo (Team Virtu Cycling), and Niewiadoma.

Van Vleuten made a final move on the flat run-in to the finish in Oudenaarde. Bastianelli was quick to close the gap, though, and after that they rode to the finish together. The Italian easily won the sprint ahead of Van Vleuten and Uttrup Ludwig. Sofia Bertizzolo (Team Virtu Cycling) led home the second group seven seconds later.

With the victory, Bastianelli extended her lead in the UCI Women’s WorldTour ranking, Bertizzolo reconquered the lead in the youth ranking.



Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling4:16:50 
2Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
3Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
4Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling0:00:07 
5Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women  
6Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM  
7Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:10 
8Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:00:55 
9Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
10Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
11Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
12Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
13Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
14Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM  
15Alison Jackson (Can) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
16Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
17Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women  
18Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
19Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
20Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women0:00:58 
21Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM0:01:00 
22Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv0:01:55 
23Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
24Anouska Koster (Ned) Team Virtu Cycling  
25Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
26Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
27Julie Van de Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
28Erica Magnaldi (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
29Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women0:02:49 
30Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women  
31Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) CCC-Liv  
32Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:03:26 
33Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women0:03:48 
34Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team  
35Brodie Chapman (Aus) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
36Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) BePink  
37Julie Leth (Den) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
38Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale Cipollini0:03:51 
39Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipollini  
40Evy Kuijpers (Ned) CCC-Liv0:04:38 
41Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
42Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
43Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini  
44Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
45Kirsten Wild (Ned) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
46Anastasiia Chursina (Rus) BTC City Ljubljana  
47Leah Thomas (USA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
48Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City Ljubljana  
49Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
50Severine Eraud (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
51Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
52Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
53Demi de Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
54Urska Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
55Daniela Reis (Por) Doltcini  
56Sarah Rijkes (Aut) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:05:18 
57Lara Vieceli (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
58Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
59Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv0:05:51 
60Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
61Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:06:21 
62Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink  
63Valerie Demey (Bel) CCC-Liv0:06:24 
64Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM  
65Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women  
66Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
67Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women  
68Elena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
69Belle de Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:07:41 
70Bryony van Velzen (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
71Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
72Diana Carolina Peñuela Martinez (Col) Ale Cipollini  
73Danielle Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
74Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
75Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
76Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
77Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team  
78Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
79Carmela Cipriani (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
80Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
81Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
82Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
83Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
84Sofia Beggin (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
85Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
86Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA  
87Riejanne Markus (Ned) CCC-Liv  
88Anja Longyka (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
89Nina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
90Esther van Veen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
91Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
92Rozanne Slik (Ned) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
93Lauren Stephens (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
94Charlotte Becker (Ger) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
95Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
96Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
97Sara Mustonen (Swe) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
98Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:07:53 
99Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
100Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
DNFNina Kessler (Ned) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFLetizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
DNFMichela Balducci (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
DNFChristina Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
DNFKirstie van Haaften (Ned) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
DNFFien Delbaere (Bel) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
DNFFrancesca Balducci (Ita) Conceria Zabri-Fanini  
DNFMónika Király (Hun) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA  
DNFAlexandra Goncharova (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA  
DNFRoxane Fournier (Fra) Movistar Team Women  
DNFElisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
DNFGiulia Marchesini (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
DNFFrancesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink  
DNFNicole Steigenga (Ned) BePink  
DNFChiara Perini (Ita) BePink  
DNFAlena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM  
DNFJulie Solvang (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNFAudrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women  
DNFChanella Stougje (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNFMarta Tagliaferro (Ita) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink  
DNFMartina Alzini (Ita) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFCoryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women  
DNFJulia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
DNFLotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo Women  
DNFAlexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM  
DNFChristina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFKatarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
DNFJessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
DNFPernille Larsen Feldmann (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNFNadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
DNFKseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA  
DNFMikayla Harvey (NZl) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMia Radotic  
DNFMaaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFJip van den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
DNFFaina Potapova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team  
DNFMakhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team  
DNFMarie Soleil Blais (Can) Astana Women's Team  
DNFTrixi Worrack (Ger) Trek-Segafredo Women  
DNFMoniek Tenniglo (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women  


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