Van der Breggen wins La Fleche Wallonne Feminine

Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) continues to dominate the women's Flèche Wallonne, taking her fourth consecutive victory in the race. With her third UCI Women's WorldTour (WWT) victory of the 2018 season, van der Breggen also moves into the overall lead of the WWT classification that she won last year.

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo Bigla) finished second and Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) rounded out the podium.

Starting and finishing in Huy, the race covered 118.5km in the Belgian provinces of Liège and Luxembourg. The difficulties were stacked in the second half of the race, with the steep climbs of Côte d'Ereffe, Côte de Cherave and Mur de Huy each climbed twice in the last 50km.

There were several breakaway attempts in the first hour, but only after 32km did the first rider get away from the peloton. Doris Schweizer (Team Virtu Cycling) built a one-minute lead and was caught by a chase group of four riders with 55km to go.

These five riders entered the Côte d'Ereffe together and still held an advantage of 1:10 minutes at the top. Canyon-SRAM took over the chase work in the peloton and reduced the gap to 20 seconds coming into the Côte de Cherave, where a peloton of some 40 riders caught the break. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Canyon-SRAM) accelerated on the climb, but had van der Breggen on her wheel immediately.

In the last 35 kilometres, the race was definitely on - but unfortunately for the fans of women's cycling, there was no live TV coverage of the race, making the Flèche Wallonne the first UCI Women's WorldTour race of the year not to be broadcast live at all.

Ferrand-Prévot's move led to a group of 14 riders including most pre-race favourites distancing the rest of the peloton. In the flat run-in to Huy, four riders attacked out of this group: Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans), Ferrand-Prévot, Janneke Ensing (Alé Cipollini), and Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) came onto the Mur de Huy together and crested the top 25 seconds ahead of a reduced peloton.

The four frontrunners held an advantage of between 40 and 50 seconds for much of the 29km circuit. Margarita Victoria García (Movistar Team) chased on her own between the front and the peloton, but never came closer than 25 seconds. The gap shrunk to 20 seconds on the Côte de Cherave, but the break could hold those 20 seconds until the foot of the 1.3-kilometre Mur de Huy (climbing at an average of 9.6%, with a maximum gradient around 20%).

The peloton, led by Moolman-Pasio, soon closed the gap to the front on the lower slopes of the finishing climb, but Spratt and Guarnier held strong and stayed in front for a sizable portion of the climb. Moolman-Pasio and van der Breggen eventually passed them on the steepest part and had enough left in their legs to compete for the win.

Van der Breggen and her teammate Guarnier rode on the front from around the 300-metre mark, blocking the way for Moolman-Pasio for a while. The South African accelerated past van der Breggen when a gap opened with 150 metres to go, but the Dutchwoman reacted immediately and sprinted to her fourth consecutive Flèche Wallonne victory ahead of Moolman-Pasio and Guarnier.

Van der Breggen also takes the overall lead in the UCI Women's WorldTour ahead of the next race, Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday, April 22.

Watch the Voxwomen interview with Van der Breggen and the final kilometre of the women's Flèche Wallonne in the two videos below.





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Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam3:10:14
2Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:00:02
3Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton Scott Women0:00:06
5Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women0:00:17
6Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00:19
7Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:00:22
8Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Anastasiia Iakovenko (Rus) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:25
10Margarita Victoria Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:00:28
11Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5Row 10 - Cell 2
12Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Janneke Ensing (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:00:35
14Asja Paladin (Ita) Valcar PBM0:00:37
15Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb WomenRow 14 - Cell 2
16Ane Santesteban (Spa) Ale CipolliniRow 15 - Cell 2
17Lara Vieceli (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 17 - Cell 2
19Brodie Chapman (Aus)0:00:42
20Erica Magnaldi (Ita) BePinkRow 19 - Cell 2
21Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 20 - Cell 2
22Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:47
23Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:50
24Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 23 - Cell 2
25Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:52
26Ruth Winder (USA) Team Sunweb WomenRow 25 - Cell 2
27Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:00:55
28Anabelle Dreville (Fra) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:01:01
29Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:01:08
30Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Wiggle High5Row 29 - Cell 2
31Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 30 - Cell 2
32Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:01:19
33Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Drops0:01:20
34Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 33 - Cell 2
35Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women0:01:24
36Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle High50:01:50
37Spela Kern (Slo) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team0:02:15
38Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM0:03:11
39Lorena Llamas (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:03:18
40Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:03:40
41Paulien Rooijakkers (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:05:13
42Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:05:21
43Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Trek-DropsRow 42 - Cell 2
44Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:05:23
45Emma Grant (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:05:27
46Julie Van De Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:05:29
47Lauren Stephens (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:05:32
48Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 47 - Cell 2
49Eva Buurman (Ned) Trek-Drops0:05:34
50Omer Shapira (Isr) Cylance Pro Cycling0:05:44
51Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:05:45
52Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb WomenRow 51 - Cell 2
53Alice Cobb (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:05:50
54Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:05:55
55Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:05:58
56Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:06:03
57Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu CyclingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Severine Eraud (Fra) Experza-Footlogix0:06:07
59Sheyla Gutierrez (Spa) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 58 - Cell 2
60Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:06:14
61Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:06:19
62Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5Row 61 - Cell 2
63Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:06:27
64Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:06:33
65Chiara Zanettin (Ita) Valcar PBM0:06:36
66Demi de Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:06:46
67Marion Sicot (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:08:23
68Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Ale Cipollini0:08:41
69Martina Ritter (Aut) Wiggle High5Row 68 - Cell 2
70Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 69 - Cell 2
71Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePinkRow 70 - Cell 2
72Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:08:46
74Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Mitchelton Scott WomenRow 73 - Cell 2
75Anna Plichta (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:08:50
76Lourdes Oyarbide (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 75 - Cell 2
77Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:08:53
78Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:08:56
79Flavia De Oliveira (Bra) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team0:08:59
80Jip van den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:09:04
81Alicia Gonzalez (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 80 - Cell 2
82Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:09:10
83Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Trek-Drops0:09:11
84Doris Schweizer (Swi) Team Virtu Cycling0:09:14
85Louise Norman Hansen (Den) Team Virtu CyclingRow 84 - Cell 2
86Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team0:09:18
87Charlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:09:25
88Agnieszka Skalniak (Pol) Experza-Footlogix0:09:36
89Hannah Payton (GBr) Trek-Drops0:10:15
90Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar PBM0:10:17
91Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar PBM0:10:42
DNFSarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFTereza Medvedova (Svk) BePinkRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFMaria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePinkRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFAnnabel Simpson (GBr) Trek-DropsRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFIsabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFAlana Castrique (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFGloria Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFLex Albrecht (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFMieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFChristina Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Cyclelive TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFSara Mustonen Lichan (Swe) Experza-FootlogixRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFJessy Druyts (Bel) Experza-FootlogixRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFAxelle Dubau-Prevot (Fra) Experza-FootlogixRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFSarah Rijkes (Aut) Experza-FootlogixRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFChristina Perchtold (Aut) Health Mate-Cyclelive TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFKathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Cyclelive TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFMarieke van Witzenburg (Ned) Health Mate-Cyclelive TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePinkRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFDaniela Reis (Por) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFMia Radotić (Cro) Btc City LjubljanaRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFSkylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFJessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton Scott WomenRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFJolien D'Hoore (Bel) Mitchelton Scott WomenRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFGreta Richioud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFLotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFMarie Vilmann (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFCoryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb WomenRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFMaaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City LjubljanaRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFTanja Elsner (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFLisa Morzenti (Ita) BePinkRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFAnouska Koster (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFRiejanne Markus (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFRotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Waowdeals Pro Cycling TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFMarcella Toldi (Bra) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFChristina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu CyclingRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFClaudia Koster (Ned) Team Virtu CyclingRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFIngvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFSofia Beggin (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFAudrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High5Row 131 - Cell 2
DNSIngrid Drexel (Mex) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 132 - Cell 2


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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.

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