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Consonni wins Dwars door Vlaanderen Women

Chiara Consonni (Valcar-Travel & Service) took one of the biggest wins of her career at Dwars door Vlaanderen. The Italian sprinted to the win ahead of Julie de Wilde (Plantur Pura) and Elise Chabbey (Canyon-SRAM).

It was a chaotic final through the narrow twist and turns en route to Waregem. Time trial World Champion Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) launched multiple attacks to try and split the reduced field that was primarily held together by the efforts of Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) in the closing kilometres.

A bunch sprint ensued out of the last corner with Consonni, who launched off the of Marie Le Net's (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) wheel, was the fastest up the right-hand side of the road, crossing the line first from a reduced group of riders.

"At Gent-Wevelgem I didn’t feel great but I’m happy now. My big goal of the season is Paris-Roubaix and I’m working towards that. I didn’t think I’d won today because it was a super hard race," Consonni said in a post-race interview, dedicating the victory to her grandmother.

"I’d like to dedicate this win to my grandmother who is in hospital and is not too well. She’s always supported me and I love here.

"Detailing the sprint, Consonni said she knew the straightaway following the last corner was long and decided to start her sprint with 200 metres to go.

"As soon as I saw the 200 metre mark, I started my sprint. I got passed the rider from FDJ and won it," she said. "I have to thank my teammates who worked for me and protected me. They’re mostly climbers but worked hard for me, as did the staff. Thanks to everyone at the team."

How it unfolded

Dwars door Vlaanderen, largely viewed as the warm-up to Sunday's Tour of Flanders, offered the women's field a 120km race that started and finished in Waregem, and included 10 climbs: Nieuwe Kwaremont, Hotond, Kortekeer, Berg Ten Houte, Kanarieberg, Knokteberg - Trieu, Hotond, Ladeuze and the final two over the Nokereberg and Holstraat.

Following the ascent of the Berg Ten Houte with 67km to go, there was a split off the front of the field and the lead group included Jelena Erić (Movistar), Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo), Shari Bossuyt (Canyon-SRAM), Leah Kirchmann (Team DSM), Georgia Baker (Team BikeExchange-Jayco Women), BikeExchange-Jayco), Liane Lippert (Team DSM), Maaike Boogaard (UAE Team ADQ), Mie Bjørndal Ottestad (Uno-X), Julie de Wilde (Plantur-Pura) and Anastasia Carbonari (Valcar-Travel & Service).

They held a slim 30 seconds on the main field but the groups merged back together during the next few kilometres.

Brodie Chapman (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) was the next to launch an attacked with 62km to go after the Kanarieberg and went solo. Several attempts to bridge across with counter attacks by Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar), Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segaredo), Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Liane Lippert (Team DSM), but those attacks were neutralised by the reduced main field, and Chapman held onto her lead.

Baker and Juliette Labous (Team DSM) bridged across to Chapman after the Ladeuze ascent, but the field soon reeled in the three riders.

Foortje Mackaij (Team DSM) was the next to counter attack and cleared the field. Despite her earlier efforts off the front, Chapman had enough power left to bridge over to Mackaij, and the pair built their lead out to 30 seconds ahead of the Nokereberg.

A six-rider chase group briefly emerge behind the escapees that included Brand, Longo Borghini, Anouska Koster (Jumbo-Visma), Elise Chabbey (Canyon-SRAM), Lippert and Hannah Barnes (Uno-X), but the chasing field was back together inside 15km to go, at 25 seconds behind the two breakaway riders.

Van Dijk attacked and split the field over the Herlegemstraat cobbles that reduced the gap to Chapman and Mackaij to just 15 seconds. Her teammate Longo Borghini was the next to go and she created a small lead on the field inside the last 10km, racing wide through a corner and briefly riding off road in her effort to stay away.

The peloton, led by van Vleuten ahead of the Holstraat, caught Longo Borghini along with the breakaway riders Chapman and Mackaij, with 8km to the finish line. Although Lippert attacked over the Holstraat, the final climb of the day, it wasn't enough to create a gap.

Van Dijk tried to split the field again with 6km to go without success as van Vleuten set the pace on the run-in to Waregem.

Van Dijk made one last attack with 2km to go with Bastianelli and van Vleuten stuck to her wheel. The time trial world champion continued to lead the small group into the final kilometre as the field set up for a bunch sprint with Consonni claiming the victory.

"On the climb, on the last section of cobbles, Trek were so strong, that I stayed back but made sure I was in the front group. Then in the finish I did my best and knew I was good in the sprint," Consonni said of the final.

"There was a lot of attacks in the last kilometres by Van Dijk and the Canyon team because they didn’t want a sprint finish. I stayed in the front group and tried follow the attacks, then I just did a good sprint."

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 3:06:40
2Julie De Wilde (Bel) Plantur-Pura
3Elise Chabbey (Swi) Canyon-Sram Racing
4Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team DSM Women
5Marta Bastianelli (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
6Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Liv Racing Xstra
7Marie Le Net (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
8Shari Bossuyt (Bel) Canyon-Sram Racing
9Arlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cub) Movistar Team Women
10Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
11Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women
12Letizia Borghesi (Ita) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
13Susanne Andersen (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
14Tamara Dronova (Rus) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
15Maaike Boogaard (Ned) UAE Team ADQ
16Anouska Koster (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
17Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
18Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team DSM Women
19Marta Jaskulska (Pol) Liv Racing Xstra 0:00:03
20Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women
21Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar Team Women
22Liane Lippert (Ger) Team DSM Women
23Alexandra Manly (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
24Cecilie Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
25Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women
26Georgia Baker (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
27Sarah Roy (Aus) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:10
28Brodie Chapman (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:00:12
29Laura Süßemilch (Ger) Plantur-Pura
30Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
31Valerie Demey (Bel) Liv Racing Xstra
32Juliette Labous (Fra) Team DSM Women
33Sanne Cant (Bel) Plantur-Pura
34Hannah Barnes (GBr) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women 0:00:21
35Eugenia Bujak (Slo) UAE Team ADQ 0:01:41
36Nina Kessler (Ned) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
37Megan Jastrab (USA) Team DSM Women 0:02:53
38Alana Castrique (Bel) Cofidis Women Team
39Mie Bjørndal Ottestad (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
40Quinty Schoens (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
41Alice Towers (GBr) Le Col Wahoo
42Margaux Vigie (Fra) Valcar-Travel & Service
43Linda Riedmann (Ger) Jumbo-Visma Women
44Noemi Rüegg (Swi) Jumbo-Visma Women
45Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
46Lone Meertens (Bel) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
47Amber Kraak (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
48Marthe Goossens (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
49Justine Ghekiere (Bel) Plantur-Pura
50Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team DSM Women
51Kirstie van Haaften (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
52April Tacey (GBr) Le Col Wahoo
53Alena Ivanchenko (Rus) UAE Team ADQ
54Veronica Ewers (USA) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
55Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Human Powered Health Women
56Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
57Amandine Fouquenet (Fra) Arkea Team
58Rachel Neylan (Aus) Cofidis Women Team
59Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Canyon-Sram Racing
60Leah Thomas (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women
61Olivia Baril (Can) Valcar-Travel & Service
62Greta Richioud (Fra) Arkea Team
63Amanda Spratt (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
64Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Movistar Team Women
65Victoire Berteau (Fra) Cofidis Women Team 0:06:24
66Martina Alzini (Ita) Cofidis Women Team 0:06:47
67Inge van der Heijden (Ned) Plantur-Pura
68Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
69Anaïs Morichon (Fra) Arkea Team
70Anastasia Carbonari (Ltu) Valcar-Travel & Service
71Pauline Allin (Fra) Arkea Team
72Julie Van De Velde (Bel) Plantur-Pura
73Elisa Serné (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team 0:09:02
74Danique Braam (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
75Karolina Kumiega (Pol) Valcar-Travel & Service
76Fien Delbaere (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
77Maud Oudeman (Ned) Canyon-Sram Racing
78Gulnaz Khatuntseva (Rus) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
79Eline Van Rooijen (Ned) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
80Yuliia Biriukova (Ukr) Arkea Team
81Maureen Arens (Ned) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
82Pien Limpens (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
83Tanja Erath (Ger) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
84Rosalie van der Wolf (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
85Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
86Georgia Danford (NZl) Andy Schleck-CP Nvst-Immo Losch
87Svenja Betz (Ger) IBCT
88Loes Adegeest (Ned) IBCT
89Naomi De Roeck (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
90Lena Charlotte Reißner (Ger) IBCT
91Anna Trevisi (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
92Megan Armitage (Irl) IBCT
93Morgane Coston (Fra) Arkea Team
94Cassia Boglio (Aus) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
95Olha Kulynych (Ukr) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
96Haylee Fuller (Aus) IBCT
97Lotte Claes (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
98Anna Christian (GBr) Le Col Wahoo
99Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
100Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
101Jessica Allen (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
102Eider Merino Cortazar (Spa) Le Col Wahoo
103Gladys Verhulst (Fra) Le Col Wahoo
104Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo Women
105Antonia Gröndahl (Fin) IBCT
106Chloe Hosking (Aus) Trek-Segafredo Women
107Sara Poidevin (Can) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
108Emma Langley (USA) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
109Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women
110Sarah Gigante (Aus) Movistar Team Women
111Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Human Powered Health Women
112Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Cofidis Women Team
113Elizabeth Banks (GBr) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
DNFSheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women
DNFLieke Nooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFJulia van Bokhoven (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFAmelia Sharpe (GBr) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
DNFHannah Buch (Ger) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
DNFZsófia Szabó (Hun) Andy Schleck-CP Nvst-Immo Losch
DNFFriederike Stern (Ger) Andy Schleck-CP Nvst-Immo Losch
DNFSarah Rijkes (Aut) Andy Schleck-CP Nvst-Immo Losch
DNFAmalie Lutro (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
DNFWilma Olausson (Swe) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
DNFClaudia Jongerius (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
DNFValentine Fortin (Fra) Cofidis Women Team
DNFMaria Martins (Por) Le Col Wahoo
DNFKatia Ragusa (Ita) Liv Racing Xstra
DNFDiana Klimova (Rus) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
DNFYuli Van Der Molen (Ned) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
DNFMinke Bakker (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
DNFEva Buurman (Ned) Liv Racing Xstra
DNFSara Maes (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
DNFMakayla Macpherson (USA) Human Powered Health Women
DNFEvy Kuijpers (Ned) Human Powered Health Women
DNFJulie Stockman (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
DNFCéline van Houtum (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
DNFSoraya Paladin (Ita) Canyon-Sram Racing
DNFLéa Stern (Swi) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad

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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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