Dwars door Vlaanderen: Van Dijk wins women's race

Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) repeated her victory from a year ago at Dwars door Vlaanderen, a UCI 1.1 mid-week race that is traditionally used as preparation ahead of the weekend's Tour of Flanders. The Dutch time trial specialist made her winning move with less than 15km to go and held off a chase group to take a solo victory ahead of Marta Bastianelli (Virtu Cycling) and Lucinda Brand (Sunweb).

The women's Dwars door Vlaanderen was 108.3km between Tielt and Waregem that included some junctions with the WorldTour men's 182km route.

The women's race started later than scheduled, and to add to the delay, a crash in the women's field happened during the neutral start. The main field stopped and waited for the riders who were involved in the crash.

Those involved in the crash were Arlenis Sierra (Astana), Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal), Janneke Ensing (Sunweb), Maaika Boogard and Hanna Nilsson (both BTC), among others.

Organisers restarted the race, but the neutralisation set the timing of the women's race back significantly, roughly 10 minutes or more behind the expected slowest time of arrival in Waregem.

Three riders cleared the field early on: Nathalie Bex (Rogelli-Gyproc) Saartje Vandenbroucke (Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport) and Kseniia Dobrynina (Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA), and then chaser Chiara Consonni (Valcar-Cylance).

The field came back together as they approached three sharp climbs over the Kluisberg, Knokteberg and Hotond, located at the mid-point of the race. The same 15km stretch of road was used in the men's parcour.

The men's peloton was competing at the fastest-expected time of arrival, while the women's race, because of the early delays, were now racing at the slowest ETA.

The women's peloton reached the three climbs, beginning with the Kluisberg, just ahead of the men's field. In addition, two crashes that happened almost simultaneously in the women's race required emergency medical services.

Orgnaisers neutralise the men's race to avoid the two categories merging but more so, to allow for an ambulance to drive on the course to get to the crashed riders. 

The women's race continued over the Kluisberg and then the Knokteberg with the front end of the field coming back together.

The decisive breakaway of the day set off ahead of the Hotond and included Annemiek van Vleuten and Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-Scott), Liane Lippert and Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb), Marta Bastianelli (Virtu), Elisa Longo Borghini and Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo), Kasia Niewiadoma and Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM), Sofie De Vuyst (Parkhotel Valkenburg), and Sheyla Gutierrez (Movistar).

They raced over the Hotond with a 45-second lead.

As the lead group approached the final climbs, van Vleuten attacked over the Vossenhol, but she was quickly brought back into the fold. Attacks continued until Van Dijk made her winning move before the Nokereberg and with roughly 15km to go.

At first, she gained 20 seconds on the Nokereberg, and that pushed out to 30 as she raced over the Herlegemstraat cobbles sector with 6km to the finish line. Not even the relentless string of attacks from the chase group could put a dent in Van Dijk’s victory as she crossed the line in Waregem.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women2:42:34
2Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling0:00:32
3Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 2 - Cell 2
4Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAMRow 3 - Cell 2
5Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 4 - Cell 2
6Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 5 - Cell 2
7Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 6 - Cell 2
8Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 7 - Cell 2
9Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb WomenRow 8 - Cell 2
10Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM0:00:36
11Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women0:02:03
12Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM0:02:06
13Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team Sunweb WomenRow 12 - Cell 2
14Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Maria Apolonia van 'T Geloof (Ned) Ale CipolliniRow 14 - Cell 2
16Roxane Fournier (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 15 - Cell 2
17Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 16 - Cell 2
18Lucy Garner (GBr) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 17 - Cell 2
19Julie Leth (Den) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 19 - Cell 2
21Thi That Nguyen (Vie) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 20 - Cell 2
22Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 21 - Cell 2
23Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 22 - Cell 2
24Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 23 - Cell 2
25Demi de Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 24 - Cell 2
26Anouska Koster (Ned) Team Virtu CyclingRow 25 - Cell 2
27Henrietta Colborne (GBr) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 27 - Cell 2
29Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 28 - Cell 2
30Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 29 - Cell 2
31Jelena Eric (Srb) Ale CipolliniRow 30 - Cell 2
32Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 33 - Cell 2
35Sofia Beggin (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 34 - Cell 2
36Michela Balducci (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 35 - Cell 2
37Shari Bossuyt (Bel) Rogelli-GyprocRow 36 - Cell 2
38Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 37 - Cell 2
39Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Natalie van Gogh (Ned) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 39 - Cell 2
41Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City LjubljanaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePinkRow 41 - Cell 2
43Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 42 - Cell 2
44Belle de Gast (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 43 - Cell 2
45Bryony van Velzen (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 44 - Cell 2
46Fien Delbaere (Bel) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 46 - Cell 2
48Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Carmela Cipriani (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 48 - Cell 2
50Kaat Hannes (Bel) Jos Feron Lady ForceRow 49 - Cell 2
51Danique Braam (Ned) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 50 - Cell 2
52Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 51 - Cell 2
53Martina Alzini (Ita) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAMRow 53 - Cell 2
55Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 54 - Cell 2
56Chiara Perini (Ita) BePinkRow 55 - Cell 2
57Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team Sunweb WomenRow 56 - Cell 2
58Janine van der Meer (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 57 - Cell 2
59Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 58 - Cell 2
60Diana Carolina Peñuela Martinez (Col) Ale CipolliniRow 59 - Cell 2
61Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale CipolliniRow 60 - Cell 2
62Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City LjubljanaRow 61 - Cell 2
63Chanella Stougje (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 62 - Cell 2
64Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 63 - Cell 2
65Lucie Lahaye (Fra) Charente-Maritime WomenRow 64 - Cell 2
66Céline Van Houtum (Ned) Jos Feron Lady ForceRow 65 - Cell 2
67Gladys Verhulst (Fra) Charente-Maritime WomenRow 66 - Cell 2
68Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 67 - Cell 2
69Coralie Demay (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 68 - Cell 2
70Lara Defour (Bel) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb WomenRow 70 - Cell 2
72Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 71 - Cell 2
73Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 72 - Cell 2
74Makhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Astana Women's TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 74 - Cell 2
76Lauren Creamer (Irl) Multum Accountants Ladies CyclingteamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 76 - Cell 2
78Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 77 - Cell 2
79Janneke Ensing (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 78 - Cell 2
80Daniela Da Conceição Alexandre Reis (Por) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 79 - Cell 2
81Ingvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 80 - Cell 2
82Elena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Christina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu CyclingRow 82 - Cell 2
84Mónika Király (Hun) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSARow 83 - Cell 2
85Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 84 - Cell 2
86Sophie Wright (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAMRow 86 - Cell 2
88Tanja Erath (Ger) Canyon-SRAMRow 87 - Cell 2
89Marie Le Net (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 88 - Cell 2
90Nicole Steigenga (Ned) BePinkRow 89 - Cell 2
91Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSARow 90 - Cell 2
92Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu CyclingRow 91 - Cell 2
93Trixi Worrack (Ger) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 92 - Cell 2
94Julie Solvang (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 93 - Cell 2
95Lonneke Uneken (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 94 - Cell 2
96Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) BePinkRow 95 - Cell 2
97Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 97 - Cell 2
99Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women0:02:27
100Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 99 - Cell 2
101Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini0:03:32
102Kseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA0:03:41
103Giulia Marchesini (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano0:03:55
DNSAlana Castrique (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 103 - Cell 2
DNSYevgeniya Vysotska (Ukr) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSARow 104 - Cell 2
DNFLucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFVittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFChiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFMarie Soleil Blais (Can) Astana Women's TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFJeydy Pradera Bernal (Cub) Astana Women's TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFNicole Hanselmann (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFMaaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City LjubljanaRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFAnja Longyka (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFAnastasiia Chursina (Rus) BTC City LjubljanaRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFMeike Uiterwijk Winkel (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFPuck Moonen (Ned) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFSaartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFAnisha Vekemans (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFLaura Süßemilch (Ger) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFZsófia Szabó (Hun) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFKirstie van Haaften (Ned) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFFrancesca Balducci (Ita) Conceria Zabri-FaniniRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFAlexandra Goncharova (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSARow 124 - Cell 2
DNFRachele Barbieri (Ita) BePinkRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFFrancesca Pattaro (Ita) BePinkRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFMarissa Baks (Ned) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFMerel Hofman (Ned) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFRoos Hoogeboom (Ned) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFMelanie Klement (Ned) Biehler Pro CyclingRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFNoemie Abgrall (Fra) Charente-Maritime WomenRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFAnaïs Morichon (Fra) Charente-Maritime WomenRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFNathalie Bex (Bel) Rogelli-GyprocRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFCathalijne Hoolwerf (Ned) Rogelli-GyprocRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFEva Jonkers (Ned) Rogelli-GyprocRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFBritt Knaven (Ned) Rogelli-GyprocRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFIngrit Verhoeff (Ned) Rogelli-GyprocRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFSenna Feron (Ned) Jos Feron Lady ForceRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFLiisa Ehrberg (Est) Jos Feron Lady ForceRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFHannah Gruber-Stadler (Aut) Jos Feron Lady ForceRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFMarieke Van Witzenburg (Ned) Jos Feron Lady ForceRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFJosefine Huitfeldt (Den) Multum Accountants Ladies CyclingteamRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFCarolien Haers (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies CyclingteamRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFHanna Johansson (Swe) Multum Accountants Ladies CyclingteamRow 144 - Cell 2
DNFJosie Shepherd (GBr) Multum Accountants Ladies CyclingteamRow 145 - Cell 2
DNFLiliane Leenknegt (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies CyclingteamRow 146 - Cell 2

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