Van Vleuten beats Antoshina in two-up sprint

Vos takes third

Annemiek van Vleuten (Nederland Bloeit) measured her effort to perfection to win the women’s Tour of Flanders in Meerbeke on Sunday. In the finishing straight, she allowed Tatiana Antoshina (Gauss) to lead out the sprint, before clinically jumping around the Russian champion to take the win.

“I sat on and did not take over,” van Vleuten said afterwards. “At about 250 metres from the line, I jumped off her wheel.”

Van Vleuten’s teammate Marianne Vos won the sprint for third place among the select group of chasers that came home 10 seconds behind. Indeed, the Nederland Bloeit team was the dominant force in the race’s finale. Sarah Düster launched a solo bid for glory that forced the other teams to chase and allowed Vos and van Vleuten to sit on and conserve their energy.

The German was joined for a time by Ludovine Henrion (Lotto Honda), but when the lead group of chasers nullified the move with 2km to go, Antoshina seized the opportunity to make her move, and powered clear of the break. However, the ever-alert van Vleuten was quick to spot the danger and she jumped across to the Russian’s wheel.

With the trump card of Vos waiting in the wings to unleash her rapid finish, van Vleuten knew that she could afford to let Antoshina do the lion’s share of work on the approach the finish, and the Russian duly obliged, with her pace-making opening up a 10-second gap.

Then on the slightly rise to the finishing line, van Vleuten simply had too much for Antoshina, and sprinted to victory. The Dutchwoman, who finished third in last weekend’s Trofeo Binda, now inherits the overall lead in the World Cup from Emma Pooley (Garmin-Cervélo), but she was delighted to focus on her Flanders triumph – for now.

“After the World Cup, this is the most beautiful rostrum on which you can stand,” van Vleuten said.

On a course not suited to her talents Pooley admitted that she was always going to be hard pressed to repeat her heroics from the Trofeo Binda. “This course didn’t suit me as well as last week’s one did, I really have to try hard on the cobbles not to get dropped,” she told Cyclingnews on crossing the line in 10th place as part of the chasing group.

Nonetheless, Pooley attacked over the top of the Eikenberg but found herself shut down by a number of teams with an eye on the World Cup standings.

“Anyone wearing our team kit is marked because everyone on our team is very strong,” Pooley said. “The girls who are going for the overall in the World Cup aren’t going to let anyone dangerous go, so that makes it a bit tougher.”

Pooley had her teammate Noemi Cantele for company in the 12 rider break that formed over the hellingen, but on the fast and flat approach to Meerbeke, it was increasingly difficult to make an impact.

“We were just trying to get away, but it was hard because it was already really quick,” Pooley said.

Instead, it was Nederland Bloeit’s strength in depth that won out. After Loes Gunnewijk had worked hard over the climbs, Sarah Düster made her solo effort in order to allow Vos and van Vleuten to save themselves for the finale

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit3:36:03 
2Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss0:00:01 
3Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit0:00:10 
4Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - UCK  
5Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Highroad Women  
6Joelle Numainville (Can) TIBCO - To The Top  
7Grace Verbeke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team  
8Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
9Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo  
10Emma Pooley (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo  
11Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
12Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit  
13Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Highroad Women0:01:10 
14Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
15Shelley Olds (USA) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
16Monia Baccaille (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana  
17Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
18Christine Majerus (Lux) Team GSD Gestion  
19Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
20Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia  
21Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Highroad Women  
22Trixi Worrack (Ger) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
23Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team  
24Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team0:01:22 
25Sjoukje Dufoer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team0:03:50 
26Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
27Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
28Marie Lindberg (Swe) Abus Nutrixxion  
29Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss  
30Madeleine Olsson (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green  
31Shara Gillow (Aus) Australia  
32Andrea Bosman (Ned) Netherlands0:04:00 
33Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Highroad Women  
34Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green  
35Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Abus Nutrixxion  
36Laure Werner (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
37Leah Kirchmann (Can) Canada  
38Lucy Martin (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo  
39Janneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
40Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
41Laura Van Der Kamp (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
42Roxane Kneteman (Ned) Netherlands  
43Emma Mackie (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top  
44Davina Summers (Aus) Bizkaia-Durango  
45Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products - UCK  
46Ine Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team  
47Lise Nöstvold (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK  
48Sophie Creux (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
49Trine Schmidt (Den) Garmin - Cervelo  
50Alison Testroete (Can) Canada  
51Catherine Delfosse (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
52Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
53Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion  
54Marit Huisman (Ned) Netherlands  
55Marijn De Vries (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
56Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Gauss  
57Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands  
58Nina Ovcharenko (Ukr) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
59Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team  
60Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team  
61Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Garmin - Cervelo  
62Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) TIBCO - To The Top  
63Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Gauss  
64Maria Grandt Petersen (Den) Abus Nutrixxion  
65Serena Sheridan (NZl) TIBCO - To The Top  
66Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope  
67Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
68Alona Andruk (Ukr) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
69Amber Pierce (USA) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
70Bianca Purath (Ger) Kuota Speed Kueens  
71Leah Guloien (Can) Canada  
72Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia  
73Bridie O'donnell (Aus) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
74Edwige Pitel (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
75Verónica Leal Balderas (Mex) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
76Marta Bastianelli (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana  
77Alexandra Carle (Aus) Australia  
78Martina Ruzickova (Cze) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
79Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Colavita Forno d'Asolo  
80Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Gauss  
81Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana  
82Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women  
83Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
84Daniela Pintarelli (Aut) Kuota Speed Kueens0:06:20 
85Kendall Ryan (USA) TIBCO - To The Top  
86Alessandra D'ettorre (Ita) Colavita Forno d'Asolo  
87Claudia Häusler (Ger) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
88Marie Voreland (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK0:08:41 
HDEleonora Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women0:11:12 
HDLucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team0:11:49 
HDPolona Batagelj (Slo) Bizkaia-Durango  
HDChristel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Gauss  
HDPetra Dijkman (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
HDBarbara Guarischi (Ita) Colavita Forno d'Asolo0:12:59 
HDMagrieth Kloppenburg (Den) Denmark  
HDAlie Gercama (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team0:13:10 
HDNina Kessler (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
HDGabriela Slamova (Cze) Vienne Futuroscope  
HDModesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Colavita Forno d'Asolo0:17:12 
HDOksana Kashchishina (Ukr) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox0:17:25 
HDGloria Presti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo0:17:41 
HDJennifer Hohl (Swi) SC MCipollini Giordana  
HDLotte Van Hoek (Ned) Netherlands  
HDEleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
HDYulia Blindyuk (Rus) SC MCipollini Giordana  
HDSimona Frapporti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
HDLisa Pleyer (Aut) Kuota Speed Kueens  
HDFabienne Schauss (Lux) Team GSD Gestion  
HDRossella Callovi (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana  
HDAnnalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
HDJulie Leth (Den) Denmark  
HDChiara Nadalutti (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
HDTina Nielsen (Den) Denmark  
HDChiara Bortolus (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
HDFrancesca Tognali (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
HDMichelle Lauge (Den) Denmark0:20:06 
HDAmanda Spratt (Aus) Australia0:20:20 
HDTone Hatteland (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK0:20:42 
HDCecilie Johansen (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK  
HDWinanda Spoor (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
HDJessica Kihlbom (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green  
HDHenriette Frederiksen (Den) Denmark0:22:44 
World Cup standings after round 2
1Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit110pts
2Emma Pooley (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo86 
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - UCK80 
4Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss58 
5Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Highroad Women48 
6Grace Verbeke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team39 
7Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team37 
8Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit35 
9Shelley Olds (USA) Diadora - Pasta Zara33 
10Joelle Numainville (Can) TIBCO - To The Top24 
11Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team24 
12Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Honda Team18 
13Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo15 
14Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra)15 
15Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Diadora - Pasta Zara15 
16Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team11 
17Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo11 
18Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Gauss10 
19Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit9 
20Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Highroad Women8 
21Noortje Tabak (Ned) Nederland Bloeit7 
22Aude Biannic (Fra)6 
23Monia Baccaille (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana5 
24Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team4 
25Polona Batagelj (Slo) Bizkaia-Durango4 
26Christine Majerus (Lux) Team GSD Gestion3 
27Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit3 
28Ruth Corset (Aus)2 
29Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana2 

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