Longo Borghini wins Tour of Flanders World Cup

Italian solos to victory in Oudenaarde

Elisa Longo-Borghini (Wiggle Honda) won the Tour of Flanders World Cup in a long solo breakaway, holding on to a one-minute lead over her nearest chasers. The Italian made her break from the peloton with about 20 kilometers to go and never looked back. Her teammate Jolien D'hoore finished second and Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv Women) third.

"This is a dream. I am always the slowest in a break, so I had to go alone," said the overjoyed winner after the stage. "Trust your instincts."

This third race in the Women's World Cup covered 144.9 kilometers with 10 Hellingen and five cobblestone sections. 152 riders took to the start in the sunshine in Oudenaarde.

The peloton stayed together a long time, but eventually the attacks and the difficulty of the course caused a break in the field as they neared Horebeke at 57.5 km, with those in the second group quickly falling several minutes back. Another break saw about 30 women off the front, with about a minute on the second group. The third and trailing group faded away.

Roxane Kneteman (Rabo Liv Women) attacked on Leberg. She never had much of a lead and was caught again at the top of the Berendries. Shortly thereafter the big teams sent riders out, with a group of five forming – only to be caught again before the Valkenberg.

And then it was time for the big names to give it a go: last year’s winner Ellen Van Dijk (Boels-Dolman),Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolman), Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo Liv Women), Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda), Mayuko Hagiwara (Wiggle Honda), Alena Amialiusik (Velocio), Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS) and Annemiek van Vleuten (Bigla) took off. Simona Frapporti (Ale Cippolini), Andrea Dvorak (Twenty 16), and Janneke Ensing (Parkhotel Valkenburg) gave chase, and caught up. But it was not to be, and with 40km to go, they were back in the pack.

Van Vleuten wasn’t ready to give up and took off again, gaining a lead of 20 seconds before being caught again at the foot of the Kanarieberg.

The closer the finish came, the more nervous the field became. Longo Borghini and Trixi Worrack (Velocio-SRAM) jumped with 20 km to go, but the German soon faded back into the field. Longo Borghini showed her strength and maintained a 45-60 second lead.

That put the pressure on Boels-Dolmans, who were hoping for a repeat win for Ellen Van Dijk. Ironically, the Dutch woman had won the race last year in a similar 30 kilometer solo breakaway.

Longo Borghini took about a minute lead into the final 15 km. Eight riders, including world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Rabo Liv Women) made a counter-attack. The gap held as the leader hit the 10 km marker, followed by Ferrand-Prevot, Armitstead (Boels-Dolman), Van Vleuten, van der Breggen, and Ashleigh Moolman-Passio (Bigla).

The chase was fast and furious but futile. The Italian took a minute lead into the final 5 km, with another chase group some 30 seconds further back.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda3:50:43 
2Jolien D`Hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda0:00:43 
3Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
4Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
5Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
6Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM  
7Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
8Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:45 
9Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:47 
10Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
11Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:03:30 
12Lauren Hall (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air  
13Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS  
14Joelle Numainville (Can) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
15Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM  
16Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
17Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
18Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
19Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio - SRAM  
20Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
21Carmen Small (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air  
22Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
23Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
24Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
25Rossella Ratto (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
26Lauren Komanski (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air  
27Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata  
28Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products0:04:08 
29Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM  
30Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
31Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS  
32Rozanne Slik (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
33Rasa Leleivyte Romitalia Vaiano  
34Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
35Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
36Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
37Molly Weaver (GBr) Matrix Fitness  
38Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Servetto Footon  
39Ganna Solovey (Ukr) Astana - Acca Due O  
40Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
41Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS  
42Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda  
43Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Velocio - SRAM0:04:12 
44Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur0:04:14 
45Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda0:06:16 
46Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
47Iris Slappendel (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
48Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini  
49Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
50Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
51Marijn De Vries (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
52Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
53Martina Ritter (Aut) BTC City Ljubljana  
54Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
55Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
56Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS  
57Milda Jankauskaite (Ltu) Astana - Acca Due O  
58Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM  
59Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:06:39 
60Andrea Dvorak (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air  
61Simona Frapporti (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
62Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata0:07:34 
63Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata0:07:55 
64Lisa Klein (Ger) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:08:14 
65Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products  
66Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Team Rytger  
67Kim De Baat (Ned) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata  
68Annelies Dom (Bel) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata  
69Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products  
70Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano0:12:02 
71Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:12:15 
72Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:14:28 
73Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
74Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS  
75Lija Laizane (Lat) Aromitalia Vaiano0:17:37 
76Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Lointek Team  
DNFAne Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
DNFLotta Lepistö (Fin) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMarta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
DNFLoes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS  
DNFBeatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
DNFMoniek Tenniglo (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
DNFJulie Leth (Den) Hitec Products  
DNFMaria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
DNFWilleke Knol (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
DNFCharlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products  
DNFAnouk Rijff (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFEmilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
DNFAnnalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
DNFChristina Siggaard (Den) Matrix Fitness  
DNFUrsa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFEvelyn Garcia (ESa) Lointek Team  
DNFBelen Lopez Morales (Spa) Lointek Team  
DNFAlba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Lointek Team  
DNFAlicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek Team  
DNFAurore Verhoeven (Fra) Lointek Team  
DNFAllison Elizabeth Linnell (USA) Aromitalia Vaiano  
DNFAlessia Martini (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
DNFKelly Markus (Ned) Team Rytger  
DNFHenriette Woering (Ned) Team Rytger  
DNFMelanie Woering (Ned) Team Rytger  
DNFAmy Hill (GBr) Team Rytger  
DNFEllinor Huusko (Swe) Team Rytger  
DNFSimona Bortolotti (Ita) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFLourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
DNFSoraya Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFAsja Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFSara Grifi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFJennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFIrene Bitto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFLaura Trott (GBr) Matrix Fitness  
DNFYulia Ilinykh (Rus) Bizkaia - Durango  
DNFLucy Martin (GBr) Matrix Fitness  
DNFZiortza Villa Izkaia - Durango  
DNFLierni Lekuona Etxebeste (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
DNFDorleta Eskamendi Gil (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
DNFMelissa Lowther (GBr) Matrix Fitness  
DNFHarriet Owen (GBr) Matrix Fitness  
DNFAnastasiya Chulkova (Rus) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFAinara Sanz (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
DNFŠpela Kern (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFRuby Livingstone (NZl) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFElena Franchi (Ita) Servetto Footon  
DNFMichela Pavin (Ita) Servetto Footon  
DNFVeronica Cornolti (Ita) Servetto Footon  
DNFElena Kuchinskaya (Rus) Servetto Footon  
DNFRiccarda Mazzotta (Swi) Servetto Footon  
DNFChiara Pierobon (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFDemmy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
DNFAizhan Zhaparova (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O  
DNFLarisa Pankova (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O  
DNFDobrynina Kseniia (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O  
DNFOlena Demydova (Ukr) Astana - Acca Due O  
DNFDaiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
DNFAnna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
DNFMia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFAmélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
DNFGeorgia Williams (NZl) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFJaime Nielsen (NZl) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFRoxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
DNFEugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
DNFPascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi  
DNFCeline Van Severen (Bel) Lensworld.Eu - Zannata  
DNFGilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
DNFKelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
DNFSteffy Van Den Haute (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
DNFNel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
DNFKaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo  
DNFSéverine Eraud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
DNSAudrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda  
World Cup standings after three rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda220 pts
2Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team195 
3Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda190 
4Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team170 
5Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team140 
6Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team126 
7Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team120 
8Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM110 
9Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies104 
10Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur100 
11Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team92 
12Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio - SRAM74 
13Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda60 
14Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - Ais51 
15Jolanda Neff (Swi)50 
16Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team50 
17Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team30 
18Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini30 
19Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM25 
20Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team20 
21Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products20 
22Lauren Hall (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air18 
23Carmen Small (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air18 
24Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team18 
25Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana18 
26Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team16 
27Joelle Numainville (Can) Bigla Pro Cycling Team14 
28Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - Ais14 
29Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM12 
30Kim De Baat (Ned) Lensworld.eu - Zannata12 
31Rossella Ratto (Ita) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi12 
32Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - Ais10 
33Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus)8 
34Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team8 
35Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur6 
36Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda6 
37Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team4 
38Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM2 
39Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team2 
Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rossella Ratto (Ita) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi10 pts
2Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team8 
3Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur6 
4Jolanda Neff (Swi)6 
5Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team4 
6Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur2 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wiggle Honda476 pts
2Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team424 
3Boels Dolmans Cycling Team383 
4Velocio - SRAM223 
5Bigla Pro Cycling Team190 
6Team Liv-Plantur106 
7Lotto Soudal Ladies104 
8Orica - AIS75 
10Ale Cipollini30 
11Hitec Products20 
12BTC City Ljubljana18 
12Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air18 
12United States18 
15Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi12 
15Lensworld.Eu - Zannata12 
17Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team8 

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