Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig: Instinct will win Tour of Flanders

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope)
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) will tear up the script and race on instinct in an attempt to secure her first Women's WorldTour victory at the Tour of Flanders

The popular and charismatic Danish all-rounder says that she intends to race on feeling and believes that success can't be mapped out on the road to Oudenaarde.

"To be able to win, you need to know the course, your opponents and to have the race feeling, and this is not something you can plan. You can plan a lot of things; testing tyre pressure, knowing the wind direction, knowing everything. Somethings you can't plan and there is the instinct that you need to feel in the race," Uttrup Ludwig said in a roundtable interview with international media, including Cyclingnews, on Tuesday.

She arrived in Oudenaarde this week and will preview the Tour of Flanders course on Wednesday or Thursday. Flanders Classics hasn't released the specific route details to the public yet to prevent spectators from gathering at cobble sectors or climbs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Uttrup Ludwig said she has a route map, however, and will go out and test tyre pressure and check for wind speeds and directions but that ultimately the best places to attack will show themselves during the race.

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.