Rivera wins Tour of Flanders Women

Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) won the Tour of Flanders Women with a perfectly timed sprint in Oudenaarde, seeing off the challenge of Gracie Elvin (Orica-Scott) and Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans).

The race was animated by an elite break containing  Elisa Longo Borghini, Katarzyna Niewiadoma, Anna van der Breggen and Annemiek van Vleuten, but they were caught on the run-in, and Rivera, helped by teammate Ellen van Dijk, delivered a fine sprint to claim the win.

The victory is Rivera's second for her new team after she won Trofeo Alfredo Binda last month.

A 15-rider chase group caught a four-rider breakaway with one kilometre remaining to set the stage for a reduced bunch gallop. Around 300 metres from the finish line, Rivera opened the sprint and held on to take the biggest victory of her young career.

"This is unbelievable," said Rivera in her first post-race television interview. "I can't begin to explain it yet."

It's the second Women's WorldTour victory for Rivera who moved from UnitedHeathcare to Team Sunweb at the start of the 2017 season. She credits her team, particularly 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen winner Ellen van Dijk, with her newfound success in Europe.

"When your team goes all out for you like that, you definitely have to do your job," said Rivera. "The pressure was on."

How it unfolded

The women's peloton rolled out for the start of Ronde van Vlaanderen under sunny skies from the market square of Oudenaarde. Sunday’s menu included the longest route yet: a 153-kilometre course with 12 climbs, some cobbled, and five additional cobbled sections. Like the men's event, the women's race finished back in Oudennarde.

There were several early escape attempts, but none of the breakaways managed to gain any traction. The race came to life over the infamous Muur of Geraardsbergen with five climbs and 60 kilometres remaining.

Rozanne Slik (Team Sunweb) slipped away from the 50-rider selection that had formed over the Muur. She gained a 90-second advantage and spent 20 kilometres away before she was caught on the Kanarieberg.

Kasia Niewiadoma (WM3) countered Slik's catch. The attack sounded an alarm amongst the leaders. Lizzie Deignan (Boels-Dolmans) immediately jumped on the move. Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5), Ashleigh Moolman Paiso (Cervelo-Bigla) and Elena Cecchini (Canyon SRAM) followed. A stretched out and slimmed down bunch quickly caught the quartet but damage had been done. Where there had once been 50 up front, only 30-odd riders remained. 

Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans) led that group into the Kruisberg where her teammate Anna van der Breggen launched an attack that inspired what looked like the race-winning move. The Olympic road champion had Niewiadoma, Longo Borghini and Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) for company. The quartet traded pulls and built up a significant advantage.

Annemiek Van Vleuten, Elisa Longo Borghini, Katarzyna Niewiadoma and Anna Van Der Breggen (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

In their wake, a chase group formed that included Rivera and Van Dijk. Boels-Dolmans and Canyon SRAM each had three riders in the second group. Cervelo-Bigla had two.

With Canyon SRAM and Sunweb assuming the lion's share of the chase work and the gap holding fairly steady, it initially looked like the winner would come from the four out front – until Van der Breggen, on orders from the team car, stopped working. Lacking teammates in the group behind, Longo Borghini and Niewiadoma fully committed to the escape. Van Vleuten also continued to trade turns.

The psychological blow of Van der Breggen's lack of cooperation along with one less set of legs to share the workload spelled the end of the escape. With Van Dijk on the front, the chase group swallowed up the escape under the flamme rouge.

"From the moment that [sport director] Hans [Timmermans] made the call to go full gas for me, Ellen took charge of the pace," said Rivera. "Ellen chased it down crazy hard, and we also had some help from Canyon. We were committed to the plan of sprinting."

That commitment was well-rewarded as Rivera took the win.

"The sprint was absolutely thrilling," she said. "I still feel like I am dreaming."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women4:02:38
2Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica Scott WomenRow 1 - Cell 2
3Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica Scott WomenRow 3 - Cell 2
5Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 4 - Cell 2
6Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 5 - Cell 2
7Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia VaianoRow 6 - Cell 2
8Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Janneke Ensing (Ned) Alé CipolliniRow 8 - Cell 2
10Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5Row 9 - Cell 2
11Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-KuotaRow 10 - Cell 2
12Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Fra) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 12 - Cell 2
14Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:05
18Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:00:14
19Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing0:00:24
20Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling0:03:50
21Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City LjubljanaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High5Row 22 - Cell 2
24Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:03:52
26Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica Scott Women0:03:55
27Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:03:57
28Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) BePink Cogeas0:05:27
29Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:05:32
30Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Camilla Pedersen (Den) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 30 - Cell 2
32Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) BTC City LjubljanaRow 31 - Cell 2
33Elise Delzenne (Fra) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 32 - Cell 2
34Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 33 - Cell 2
35Yara Kastelijn (Ned) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 34 - Cell 2
36Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé CipolliniRow 36 - Cell 2
38Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Anouska Koster (Ned) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 38 - Cell 2
40Sara Penton (Swe) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 39 - Cell 2
41Daniela Reis (Por) Lares-WaowdealsRow 40 - Cell 2
42Thalita De Jong (Ned) Lares-WaowdealsRow 41 - Cell 2
43Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 42 - Cell 2
44Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Drops Cycling TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 45 - Cell 2
47Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Guill D'orRow 47 - Cell 2
49Roxane Knetemann (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 48 - Cell 2
50Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Eider Merino Kortazar (Spa) LointekRow 50 - Cell 2
52Dani King (GBr) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 51 - Cell 2
53Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Lensworld-KuotaRow 52 - Cell 2
54Lara Vieceli (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 54 - Cell 2
56Sara Mustonen Lichan (Swe) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 55 - Cell 2
57Marie Vilmann (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Wiggle High5Row 57 - Cell 2
59Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 58 - Cell 2
60Lauren Kitchen (Aus) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle High5Row 60 - Cell 2
62Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 61 - Cell 2
63Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5Row 62 - Cell 2
64Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Lensworld-KuotaRow 63 - Cell 2
65Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Lares-WaowdealsRow 64 - Cell 2
66Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Ganna Solovei (Ukr) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team0:07:25
68Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 67 - Cell 2
69Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb WomenRow 68 - Cell 2
70Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto GiustaRow 69 - Cell 2
71Chloe Hosking (Aus) Alé CipolliniRow 70 - Cell 2
72Christina Siggaard (Den) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 71 - Cell 2
73Eva Buurman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Urša Pintar (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 73 - Cell 2
75Mónika Király (Hun) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 74 - Cell 2
76Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) BePink CogeasRow 75 - Cell 2
77Asja Paladin (Ita) Alé CipolliniRow 76 - Cell 2
78Joelle Numainville (Can) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 77 - Cell 2
79Valerie Demey (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Guill D'or0:09:02
80Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica Scott WomenRow 79 - Cell 2
81Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) LointekRow 80 - Cell 2
82Laura Camila Lozano Ramirez (Col) Servetto GiustaRow 81 - Cell 2
83Kaat Van Der Meulen (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 82 - Cell 2
84Georgia Williams (NZl) Orica Scott WomenRow 83 - Cell 2
85Nathalie Verschelden (Bel) Lensworld-KuotaRow 84 - Cell 2
86Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 85 - Cell 2
87Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle High5Row 86 - Cell 2
88Aude Biannic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 87 - Cell 2
89Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 88 - Cell 2
90Lija Laizane (Lat) Aromitalia VaianoRow 89 - Cell 2
91Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica Scott WomenRow 90 - Cell 2
92Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 91 - Cell 2
93Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 92 - Cell 2
94Romy Kasper (Ger) Alé CipolliniRow 93 - Cell 2
95Kaat Hannes (Bel) Lensworld-KuotaRow 94 - Cell 2
96Soraya Paladin (Ita) Alé CipolliniRow 95 - Cell 2
97Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec ProductsRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFLotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFDaiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Alé CipolliniRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFMarta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFClaudia Koster (Ned) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFAlison Jackson (Can) BePink CogeasRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFKatia Ragusa (Ita) BePink CogeasRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink CogeasRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFMaria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink CogeasRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFEmilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFSusanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFNina Kessler (Ned) Hitec ProductsRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFThea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFSarah Rijkes (Aut) Lares-WaowdealsRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFSarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Lares-WaowdealsRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFSaartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Lares-WaowdealsRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFKim De Baat (Bel) Lensworld-KuotaRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFEugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFCharlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFJelena Eric (Srb) BTC City LjubljanaRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFMia Radotic (Cro) BTC City LjubljanaRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFAnnelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFChantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFSofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFArianna Fidanza (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFNatalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Women's TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFAgnieszka Skalniak (Pol) Astana Women's TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFKseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Servetto GiustaRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFLetizia Borghesi (Ita) Servetto GiustaRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFTing Ying Huang (Tpe) Servetto GiustaRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFFrancesca Balducci (Ita) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFAnna Ceoloni (Ita) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFIraida Garcia Ocasio (Cub) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFValeriya Kononenko (Ukr) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFJutatip Maneephan (Tha) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFAnnabel Simpson (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFLaura Massey (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFElizabeth Holden (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFDemi De Jong (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling TeamRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFNatalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFChanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling TeamRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFEsra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling TeamRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFHeidi Dalton (RSA) Aromitalia VaianoRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFElena Franchi (Ita) Aromitalia VaianoRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFAlessia Bulleri (Ita) Aromitalia VaianoRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFLisa De Ranieri (Ita) Aromitalia VaianoRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFBeatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Top Girls Fassa BortoloRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFAna Maria Covrig (Rom) Top Girls Fassa BortoloRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFSara Mariotto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa BortoloRow 144 - Cell 2
DNFMichela Pavin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa BortoloRow 145 - Cell 2
DNFBeatrice Rossato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa BortoloRow 146 - Cell 2
DNFKelly Druyts (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Guill D'orRow 147 - Cell 2
DNFDemmy Druyts (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Guill D'orRow 148 - Cell 2
DNFJessy Druyts (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Guill D'orRow 149 - Cell 2
DNFCeline Van Severen (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Guill D'orRow 150 - Cell 2
DNFOmer Shapira (Isr) Giusfredi BianchiRow 151 - Cell 2
DNFDaniela-Georgina Dumitru (Rom) Giusfredi BianchiRow 152 - Cell 2
DNFMichela Balducci (Ita) Giusfredi BianchiRow 153 - Cell 2
DNFSimona Bortolotti (Ita) Giusfredi BianchiRow 154 - Cell 2
DNFVania Canvelli (Ita) Giusfredi BianchiRow 155 - Cell 2
DNFChiara Perini (Ita) Giusfredi BianchiRow 156 - Cell 2
DNFBeatriu Gomez Franquet (Spa) LointekRow 157 - Cell 2
DNFEmpar Felix Tur (Spa) LointekRow 158 - Cell 2
DNFAlicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) LointekRow 159 - Cell 2
DNFMiho Yoshikawa (Jpn) Bizkaia-DurangoRow 160 - Cell 2
DNFLourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Bizkaia-DurangoRow 161 - Cell 2
DNFŠpela Kern (Slo) Bizkaia-DurangoRow 162 - Cell 2
DNFFemke Verstichelen (Bel) Bizkaia-DurangoRow 163 - Cell 2
DNFNahia Leonet (Spa) Bizkaia-DurangoRow 164 - Cell 2

 

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