Van Vleuten outsprints Niewiadoma to win Dwars door Vlaanderen Women

Annemiek van Vleuten took her first victory of the season for Movistar Team Women at Dwars door Vlaanderen. The European Champion used a long-range sprint to beat her breakaway companion Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM). Alexis Ryan (Canyon-SRAM) finished third in the reduced bunch sprint.

"It was an awesome race and awesome weather, but also, I want to shout-out to Flanders Classic because they put on such a beautiful, small Tour of Flanders today," Van Vleuten said. "I think they improved the course, and that was the reason that I was here on the start line, and I'm happy with how the race went."

Dwars door Vlaanderen is known as the dress rehearsal for the bigger Tour of Flanders held in and around Oudenaarde on Sunday. 

The women's field raced 122 kilometres that started and finished in Waregem, and the race included 10 climbs - Kruisberg (47km), Kortekeer (58km), Steenbeekdries (62km), Taaienberg (64km), Berg Ten House (69km), and followed by Kruisberg-Hotond (80km), Knoteberg-Trieu (116km), Vossenhol-Teigemberg (99km), Holstraat (109km) and lastly Nokereberg (111km).

Trek-Segafredo looked in control of the race with 60km to go over the Kruisberg climb. There were several attacks including Leah Thomas (Movistar), and although the group had begun to split apart, it was back together coming into the Kruisberg-Hotond.

The peloton was reduced to just 30 riders in the final of the race when Van Vleuten launched the winning attack, followed by Kasia Niewiadoma, with 36km to go over the Knotenberg. The powerful duo quickly opened a gap, and although it was only a matter of 20 or 30 seconds, it was enough to hold off a chasing small field.

Ellen Van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) made several attempts to cross the gap to the leading pair, once with Alison Jackson (Liv Racing) and again with Yara Kastelijn (Plantur Pura), but it wasn't enough to reel in Van Vleuten and Niewiadoma.

The reduced main group could see the leading pair as Trek-Segafredo led the chase, and in the closing kilometres they were only 12 seconds behind, but that was all that the breakaway needed to seal a victory.

Van Vleuten started her sprint early, with 300 metres to go, and held off Niewiadoma to take the win.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar Team Women 3:04:04
2Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM Racing
3Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:00:19
4Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
5Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing
6Grace Brown (Aus) Team BikeExchange
7Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team DSM
8Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
9Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
10Stine Borgli (Nor) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
11Sarah Gigante (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
12Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Lotto Soudal Ladies
13Thalita De Jong (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
14Leah Thomas (USA) Movistar Team Women
15Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Ciclismo Mundial 0:00:22
16Juliette Labous (Fra) Team DSM
17Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
18Soraya Paladin (Ita) Liv Racing 0:00:26
19Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing 0:00:43
20Liane Lippert (Ger) Team DSM 0:02:17
21Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo
22Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 0:04:08
23Noemi Rüegg (Swi) Stade Rochelais Charente- Maritime Women Cycling
24Sarah Roy (Aus) Team BikeExchange
25Sanne Cant (Bel) Ciclismo Mundial
26Anouska Koster (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
27Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:04:10
28Mariia Novolodskaia (Rus) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team 0:04:12
29Julie Van De Velde (Bel) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:04:13
30Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:04:17
31Clara Copponi (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:04:40
32Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
33Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
34Marta Jaskulska (Pol) Liv Racing
35Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
36Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
37Eva Buurman (Ned) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
38Elise Chabbey (Swi) Canyon-SRAM Racing
39India Grangier (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente- Maritime Women Cycling
40Sara Penton (Swe) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
41Spela Kern (Slo) Massi Tactic Women Team
42Inge van der Heijden (Ned) Ciclismo Mundial
43Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Team BikeExchange
44Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
45Julia van Bokhoven (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
46Valerie Demey (Bel) Liv Racing 0:04:43
47Sara Van De Vel (Bel) Team Rupelcleaning-Champion Lubricants
48Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Team BikeExchange
49Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:04:45
50Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
51Kristen Faulkner (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 0:07:41
52Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
53Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team DSM 0:09:02
54Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing
55Nina Kessler (Ned) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
56Femke Markus (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
57Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
58Ingvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec Products
59Ganna Solovei (Ukr) LVIV Cycling Team
60Katia Ragusa (Ita) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
61Naomi De Roeck (Bel) LVIV Cycling Team
62Danielle Christmas (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
63Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
64Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
65Amandine Fouquenet (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
66Pien Limpens (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
67Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
68Amalie Lutro (Nor) Hitec Products
69Aniek van Alphen (Ned) Ciclismo Mundial
70Lieke Nooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
71Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
72Amelia Sharpe (GBr) NXTG Racing
73Brodie Chapman (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
74Marie Le Net (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
75Maaike Coljé (Ned) Massi Tactic Women Team
76Elise Vander Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
77Céline van Houtum (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
78Fien Delbaere (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
79Nicole Steigenga (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
80Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
81April Tacey (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
82Teniel Campbell (TTo) Team BikeExchange
83Alice Sharpe (Irl) Team Rupelcleaning-Champion Lubricants
84Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies
85Tanja Erath (Ger) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
86Neve Bradbury (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing
87Léa Curinier (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
88Charlotte Becker (Ger) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
89Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
90Vita Heine (Nor) Massi Tactic Women Team
91Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
92Inga Cesuliene (Ltu) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
93Fien Van Eynde (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
94Alice Towers (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
95Ilse Pluimers (Ned) NXTG Racing
96Julie De Wilde (Bel) Ciclismo Mundial
97Olena Sharga (Ukr) LVIV Cycling Team
98Svenja Betz (Ger) Team Rupelcleaning-Champion Lubricants
99Anna Plichta (Pol) Lotto Soudal Ladies
100Bronwyn Macgregor (NZl) LVIV Cycling Team
101Antonia Gröndahl (Fin) Team Rupelcleaning-Champion Lubricants
102Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women
103Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Liv Racing
104Urska Zigart (Slo) Team BikeExchange
105Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women
106Julia Soek (Ned) Team DSM
107Sandra Levenez (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 0:09:11
108Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
DNSMarieke van Witzenburg (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
DNSJulia Borgström (Swe) NXTG Racing
DNFLorena Wiebes (Ned) Team DSM
DNFAlicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women
DNFGloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women
DNFElla Harris (NZl) Canyon-SRAM Racing
DNFSophie Wright (GBr) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
DNFPernille Mathiesen (Den) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
DNFMarthe Truyen (Bel) Ciclismo Mundial
DNFAmber Aernouts (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
DNFVictoire Berteau (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
DNFJade Lenaers (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
DNFLone Meertens (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFPauline Allin (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
DNFMarie Morgane Le Deunff (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
DNFClaudia Jongerius (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
DNFCaren Commissaris (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
DNFJustine Ghekiere (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
DNFDemmy Druyts (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
DNFLeonie Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFKirstie van Haaften (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFElena Pirrone (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFSilvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFMartina Alzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFMargaux Vigie (Fra) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFJade Teolis (Fra) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
DNFMariia Miliaeva (Rus) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
DNFAgua Marina Espinola Salinas (Par) Massi Tactic Women Team
DNFMireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
DNFCaroline Andersson (Swe) Hitec Products
DNFMieke Kröger (Ger) Hitec Products
DNFAnn Helen Olsen (Nor) Hitec Products
DNFAnne Dorthe Ysland (Nor) Hitec Products
DNFMaria Martins (Por) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
DNFElise Marie Olsen (Nor) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
DNFLauren Creamer (Irl) LVIV Cycling Team
DNFAnna Nahirna (Ukr) LVIV Cycling Team
DNFAnna Badegruber (Aut) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
DNFMarijke De Smedt (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
DNFOlivija Baleisyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
DNFGiada Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
DNFGemma Sernissi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
DNFCathalijne Hoolwerf (Ned) NXTG Racing
DNFRozemarijn Ammerlaan (Ned) NXTG Racing
DNFCatalina Anais Soto Campos (Chi) NXTG Racing
DNFMia Griffin (Irl) Team Rupelcleaning-Champion Lubricants
DNFIsabelle Beckers (Bel) Team Rupelcleaning-Champion Lubricants
DNFNoemie Abgrall (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente- Maritime Women Cycling
DNFCoralie Demay (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente- Maritime Women Cycling
DNFElodie Le Bail (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente- Maritime Women Cycling
DNFMaeva Squiban (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente- Maritime Women Cycling
DNFSandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
DNFIurani Blanco Calbet (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
DNFDaniela Campos (Por) Bizkaia-Durango
DNFEmilie Fortin (Can) Bizkaia-Durango
DNFNadine Michaela Gill (Ger) Bizkaia-Durango
DNFElizabeth Holden (GBr) Bizkaia-Durango

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Kirsten Frattini
Women's Editor

Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.

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