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Vos wins fifth La Flèche Wallonne Féminine

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The bunch chase after Colclough

The bunch chase after Colclough
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The landscape dwarfs the peloton

The landscape dwarfs the peloton
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Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda Team) leads the peloton on an early 'Cote'

Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda Team) leads the peloton on an early 'Cote'
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On the road back in to Huy, at the end of the first lap, the Rabo Women went to the front

On the road back in to Huy, at the end of the first lap, the Rabo Women went to the front
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Alena Amialiusik (BePink) leads on Mur de Huy

Alena Amialiusik (BePink) leads on Mur de Huy
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Tiffany Cromwell (Orica - AIS) leads World Cup leader, Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) on the Mur de Huy

Tiffany Cromwell (Orica - AIS) leads World Cup leader, Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) on the Mur de Huy
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Fabiana Luperini (Faren - Let's Go Finland) has won this race three times in the past

Fabiana Luperini (Faren - Let's Go Finland) has won this race three times in the past
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In control and looking relaxed - Marianne Vos (Rabo Women)

In control and looking relaxed - Marianne Vos (Rabo Women)
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Aussies - Shara Gillow (Orica - AIS) attacks (left), but is marked by Carlee Taylor (Lotto Belisol Ladies) and watched by Tiffany Cromwell (Orica - AIS)

Aussies - Shara Gillow (Orica - AIS) attacks (left), but is marked by Carlee Taylor (Lotto Belisol Ladies) and watched by Tiffany Cromwell (Orica - AIS)
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The bunch on another of the climbs, led by Rachel Neylan (Hitec Products)

The bunch on another of the climbs, led by Rachel Neylan (Hitec Products)
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A welcome descent.....

A welcome descent.....
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Escapee, Alena Amialiusik (BePink) on her own

Escapee, Alena Amialiusik (BePink) on her own
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Another attacker, Katie Colclough (Specialized - lululemon)

Another attacker, Katie Colclough (Specialized - lululemon)
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World Cup series leader, Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) wins her fifth Fleche Wallone Femmes ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies)

World Cup series leader, Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) wins her fifth Fleche Wallone Femmes ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies)
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World Cup leader, Marianne Vos (Rabo Women)

World Cup leader, Marianne Vos (Rabo Women)
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Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products), Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies)

Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products), Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies)
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The trophy, presented by the town of Huy

The trophy, presented by the town of Huy
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World Champion, Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) on the podium in Huy in late afternoon sunshine

World Champion, Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) on the podium in Huy in late afternoon sunshine
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A moment of joy - Pauline Ferrand-Prevot congratulates team-mate, Marianne Vos at the finish

A moment of joy - Pauline Ferrand-Prevot congratulates team-mate, Marianne Vos at the finish
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It wasn't easy.... Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) is held up whilst doubled-over on her bike, metres after the finish line

It wasn't easy.... Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) is held up whilst doubled-over on her bike, metres after the finish line
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World Cup series leader, Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) wins her fifth Fleche Wallone Femmes ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies)

World Cup series leader, Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) wins her fifth Fleche Wallone Femmes ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies)
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Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) celebrates her fifth victory in Fleche Wallone Femmes

Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) celebrates her fifth victory in Fleche Wallone Femmes
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The finishers came into view, Vos was already ahead

The finishers came into view, Vos was already ahead
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Leading off the final descent was Tatiana Guderzo (MCipollini Giambenini)

Leading off the final descent was Tatiana Guderzo (MCipollini Giambenini)
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The bunch were all together on Cote de Bousalle, 12km to go

The bunch were all together on Cote de Bousalle, 12km to go
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An attack by Noemi Cantele (BePink) is marked by Marianne Vos (Rabo Women)

An attack by Noemi Cantele (BePink) is marked by Marianne Vos (Rabo Women)
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The climbs were relentless, this was a hard race.

The climbs were relentless, this was a hard race.
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There was considerable interest in the Rabo Women's team area before the start

There was considerable interest in the Rabo Women's team area before the start
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The women's Fleche Wallone podium: Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products), Olympic Champion, World Champion and World Cup series leader, Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies)

The women's Fleche Wallone podium: Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products), Olympic Champion, World Champion and World Cup series leader, Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies)
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Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) holds off Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol)

Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) holds off Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol)
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Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) celebrates her fifth win on the Mur de Huy

Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) celebrates her fifth win on the Mur de Huy
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Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) extends her World Cup lead with the Fleche Wallonne win

Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) extends her World Cup lead with the Fleche Wallonne win
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Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) enjoys her fifth victory on the Mur de Huy

Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) enjoys her fifth victory on the Mur de Huy
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Vos made it look simple.

Vos made it look simple.
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Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) on her way to the win

Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) on her way to the win
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Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) celebrates with Pauline Ferrand Prevot

Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) celebrates with Pauline Ferrand Prevot
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Sanne van Paassen (Rabo)

Sanne van Paassen (Rabo)
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Vos gets some help after taking the win

Vos gets some help after taking the win
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Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) wins the 2013 La Flèche Wallonne Féminine

Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) wins the 2013 La Flèche Wallonne Féminine
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Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) wins ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol)

Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) wins ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol)
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Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) made it look easy while claiming her fifth career Fleche Wallonne win

Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Giant) made it look easy while claiming her fifth career Fleche Wallonne win
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Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) again reigned supreme on the Mur de Huy, outsprinting Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products - UCK) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies) to claim her fifth win at La Flèche Wallonne Féminine.

It was a race that was always going to come down to the Mur de Huy, despite the peloton at one point being in three separate groups split apart by considerable aggression from a number of teams following the first ascent of the taxing 1300 metre climb.

Vos led out the sprint with 100 metres remaining, dropping her pursuants' wheels,  and the victory never looked in doubt as the prolific Dutchwoman had enough time to sit up and celebrate in emphatic style, as the other two battled it out for the minor placings on the line.

The win for Vos came after she was defeated by Evelyn Stevens (Specialized - lululemon) in a two-up sprint in 2012.

"It may sound weird, in spite of everything, it's still exciting," Vos explained. "Every time I win, feel new again.

"That explosion of power, I can only do this once on such a climb," Vos continued, with the result of last year still fresh in the mind. "I did not want to waste it this time in an attempt to get away. After that mistake last year I wanted to wait as long as possible and that worked very well. "

The in-form Italian Longo Borghini was left frustrated on the ground while she waited for confirmation of her final result to go along with her gut instinct, but with that came lots of smiles.

"We were really close but I had a feeling that I was number two," the 21-year-old told Cyclingnews. "I was just waiting for the jury."

Longo Borghini's result on Wednesday isjust the latest in what has been an impressive spring, claiming top-10 performances at Le Samyn des Dames, Omloop van het Hageland, the Tour of Flanders and well as her victory at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda - Comune di Cittiglio World Cup race.

"I'm really happy for this race and for the whole spring," Longo Borghini said.  "My team did an amazing job. I really have to thank all my teammates and of course the staff.

"The last climb of the Mur was really hard. Vos went from around 100 metres and I tried to follow but in the end it was a sprint of two between me and Moolman."

Moolman's result was one for the history books, the first South African woman to podium in a World Cup race as well as her best result at the top level.

"I must say it's quite overwhelming," the 27-year-old told Cyclingnews. "I'm standing here today as a very proud South African and very proud African ambassador.

"I think I went a little too early," she said of the sprint to the line. "I got a little too excited; I could hear my manager on the radio saying ‘Use the steep part, use the steep part.' I think I tried to lunge for the second place but it was just so close."

The peloton was intact on the first climb of the day despite an early attack from Dani King (Wiggle Honda). Aleksandra Burchenkova (RusVelo) was next to attack, earning 20 seconds on the bunch, but she too was brought back.

Just under 50km of racing was done when the peloton shattered into action with eight riders gaining 42 seconds on the Côte de Bohissau. The peloton in two distinct groups, with the chase well and truly on, the eight leaders were caught and it was gruppo compatto once more.

The first ascent of the Mur de Huy at 65km saw splits emerge once more, with a large chunk of the peloton abandoning as the selection continued. As the riders re-fuelled, the race was back together and the finale was on the way was nearing.

Late attacks by Alena Amialiusik (BePink) and Katie Colclough (Specialized – lululemon) proved fruitless, never able to gain more than 30 seconds of clear air.

Former mountain biker Tatiana Guderzo (MCipollini Giordana) was prepared to give it one more crack however in the final 10km but the wider roads proved to be her downfall and her 10 second advantage was easily swallowed up, setting up Vos for another victory.

"Everyone thinks I'm here just to win, but so many factors play a role," the overwhelming pre-race favourite said following her victory. "Without a good team for example it is quite a bit trickier. Moreover, it was terribly hard and it hurt. Although I felt good, but the Flèche Wallonne is a very grueling race. Winning on the Mur de Huy is never easy. It is also a matter of tactics."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant3:34:32
2Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK
3Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies
4Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:00:06
5Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS
6Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon0:00:19
7Alena Amialiusik (Blr) BePink0:00:25
8Amber Neben (USA) Pasta Zara-Cogeas0:00:28
9Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS0:00:33
10Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
11Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) GSD Gestion-Kallisto
12Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:40
13Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:00:42
14Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Belisol Ladies
15Edwige Pitel (Fra) France
16Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team0:00:46
17Elena Kuchinskaia (Rus) RusVelo0:00:48
18Amélie Rivat (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
19Marijn De Vries (Ned) Lotto Belisol Ladies
20Noemi Cantele (Ita) BePink0:00:54
21Kristin Mcgrath (USA) US National Team
22Ane Santesteban (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:00:56
23Georgia Williams (NZl) BePink0:00:59
24Megan Guarnier (USA) Rabobank Liv/Giant
25Anouska Koster (Ned) Team Polaris0:01:01
26Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bizkaia-Durango
27Celine Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:01:06
28Dalia Muccioli (Ita) BePink0:01:11
29Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:01:14
30Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon0:01:17
31Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica-AIS0:01:22
32Christine Majerus (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:01:29
33Oriane Chaumet (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
34Aude Biannic (Fra) France0:01:43
35Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS0:01:59
36Lauren Hall (USA) US National Team0:02:13
37Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:02:21
38Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) MCipollini Giordana0:02:23
39Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:02:24
40Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:02:34
41Oksana Kozonchuk (Rus) RusVelo0:02:36
42Elena Bocharnikova (Rus) RusVelo0:02:43
43Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team0:02:51
44Sandrine Bideau (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:03:28
45Adrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:04:29
46Joanna Rowsell (GBr) Wiggle Honda
47Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS0:04:32
48Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata
49Rachel Neylan (Aus) Hitec Products UCK0:04:38
50Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:04:46
51Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:04:59
52Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon
53Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda0:05:01
54Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:05:06
55Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
56Inge Roggeman (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team
57Manon Souyris (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:08:16
58Emmanuelle Merlot (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
59Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team
60Aleksandra Burchenkova (Rus) RusVelo0:08:35
61Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) RusVelo0:08:41
62Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France
63Vera Koedooder (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:08:47
64Amy Pieters (Ned) Argos-Shimano0:08:50
65Lina-Kristin Schink (Ger) GSD Gestion-Kallisto0:08:54
66Jessie Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer0:08:55
67Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:08:58
68Ine Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer0:09:06
69Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:09:08
70Jessie Maclean (Aus) Orica-AIS0:09:10
71Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized-lululemon0:09:14
72Laura Trott (GBr) Wiggle Honda0:09:15
73Dorleta Eskamendi (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:09:17
74Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK0:09:19
75Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Pasta Zara-Cogeas0:09:26
76Stephanie De Croock (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer0:09:35
77Sara Mustonen (Swe) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team
78Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer0:09:37
79Rossella Ratto (Ita) Hitec Products UCK0:09:40
80Katie Colclough (GBr) Specialized-lululemon0:09:53
DNFTayler Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon
DNFEmilia Fahlin (Swe) Hitec Products UCK
DNFChloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK
DNFMartine Bras (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
DNFEmma Trott (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
DNFMarieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
DNFBirgit Lavrijssen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team
DNFLucy Garner (GBr) Argos-Shimano
DNFElke Gebhardt (Ger) Argos-Shimano
DNFWilleke Knol (Ned) Argos-Shimano
DNFKelly Markus (Ned) Argos-Shimano
DNFEsra Tromp (Ned) Argos-Shimano
DNFMarion Rousse (Ned) Lotto Belisol Ladies
DNFEmily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda
DNFMayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda
DNFDanielle King (GBr) Wiggle Honda
DNFElodie Hegoburu (Fra) France
DNFLudivine Loze (Fra) France
DNFLucie Pader (Fra) France
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink
DNFSimona Frapporti (Ita) BePink
DNFGiada Borgato (Ita) Pasta Zara-Cogeas
DNFRossella Callovi (Ita) Pasta Zara-Cogeas
DNFSilvija Latozaite (Ltu) Pasta Zara-Cogeas
DNFMartina Ruzickova (Cze) Pasta Zara-Cogeas
DNFMaria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team
DNFJutta Nieminen (Fin) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team
DNFAnnelies Dom (Bel) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata
DNFLatoya Brulee (Bel) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata
DNFDaisy Depoorter (Bel) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata
DNFCarla Ryan (Aus) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata
DNFMonique Van De Ree (Ned) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata
DNFMalgorzta Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giordana
DNFAizhan Zhaparova (Rus) RusVelo
DNFCharlene Delev (Ger) GSD Gestion-Kallisto
DNFMayra Del Rocio Rocha (Mex) GSD Gestion-Kallisto
DNFStephanie Roorda (Can) GSD Gestion-Kallisto
DNFSarah-Lena Hofmann (Ger) Team Polaris
DNFMieke Kröger (Ger) Team Polaris
DNFJanine Van Der Meer (Ned) Team Polaris
DNFJessica Cutler (USA) US National Team
DNFEmily Kachorek (USA) US National Team
DNFKendall Ryan (USA) US National Team
DNFRuth Winder (USA) US National Team
DNFEls Belmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer
DNFGilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer
DNFLilibeth Chacon (Ven) Bizkaia-Durango
DNFMayalen Noriega (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango

 

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