Bastianelli wins women's Tour of Flanders

Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling) won the women's Tour of Flanders in a sprint of three, beating Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla).

"It was an incredible race," Bastianelli said in a post-race flash interview. "I'm really happy about this incredible result. It was a very hard race but I pulled it off.

"I've got a great team. I attacked on the Kwaremont as they told me to do. Today we had Bjarne Riis in the team car and so I couldn't make any mistakes. I kept going on the Paterberg and kept working all the way to the finish. I got on Van Vleuten's wheel and gave it everything to pull off the win.

"I've won some big races but this is a very, very important one for me."

A group of four formed on the Oude Kwaremont, however, Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) was dropped on the Paterberg, leaving three riders in front. The trio of Bastianelli, Van Vleuten and Uttrup Ludwig held off a chasing group on the run-in to the finish.

How it unfolded

With four cobblestone sections and ten hills, four of them cobbled, on 159.2km, and big crowds at the roadside, the Tour of Flanders is arguably the most prestigious classic on the women's calendar. The first hours of the race were dominated by a seven-rider breakaway.

Ilaria Sanguineti (Valcar Cylance), Sévérine Éraud (Doltcini-Van Eyck), Giulia Marchesini (Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano), Kylie Waterreus (Health Mate-Cyclelive), Kseniya Dobrynina (Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSA), Silvia Valsecchi (BePink), and Chanella Stougje (Hitec Products-Birk Sport) were given an unusually large advantage for a women's race and were three minutes ahead at one point.

The Muur van Geraardsbergen broke up the break, and the chase work by the peloton reeled in the escapees in on the Kanarieberg with 46km to go. Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM) countered but could not get away. However, the speed over the climb broke up the race that was also marred by crashes and punctures.

Niewiadoma attacked on the Hotond climb and was followed by Uttrup Ludwig and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) but did not get away. The same fate befell Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-Scott) and Lisa Klein (Canyon-SRAM) who tried next, so it was a group of about 30 riders hitting the penultimate climb, the Oude Kwaremont, with 18km to go.

Bastianelli opened proceedings with an attack on the cobbles and attacked once more when she was reeled in, bringing Uttrup Ludwig, Van Vleuten, Niewiadoma, and Vos with her. Vos then punctured out of the front group while Uttrup Ludwig went solo over the top of the climb. Van Vleuten brought Bastianelli and Niewiadoma back to the Dane, and the quartet entered the Paterberg together. An acceleration by Van Vleuten dropped Niewiadoma while the other two could stay with the Dutchwoman.

After the Paterberg, the leading trio was 28 seconds ahead of a chase group with Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans), Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo), Sofia Bertizzolo (Team Virtu Cycling), and Niewiadoma.

Van Vleuten made a final move on the flat run-in to the finish in Oudenaarde. Bastianelli was quick to close the gap, though, and after that they rode to the finish together. The Italian easily won the sprint ahead of Van Vleuten and Uttrup Ludwig. Sofia Bertizzolo (Team Virtu Cycling) led home the second group seven seconds later.

With the victory, Bastianelli extended her lead in the UCI Women’s WorldTour ranking, Bertizzolo reconquered the lead in the youth ranking.



Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling4:16:50
2Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 1 - Cell 2
3Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling0:00:07
5Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 4 - Cell 2
6Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAMRow 5 - Cell 2
7Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:10
8Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:00:55
9Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 8 - Cell 2
10Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 11 - Cell 2
13Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 12 - Cell 2
14Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAMRow 13 - Cell 2
15Alison Jackson (Can) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 14 - Cell 2
16Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 15 - Cell 2
17Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 16 - Cell 2
18Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 17 - Cell 2
19Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 18 - Cell 2
20Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women0:00:58
21Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM0:01:00
22Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv0:01:55
23Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 22 - Cell 2
24Anouska Koster (Ned) Team Virtu CyclingRow 23 - Cell 2
25Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 24 - Cell 2
26Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 25 - Cell 2
27Julie Van de Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 26 - Cell 2
28Erica Magnaldi (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro CyclingRow 27 - Cell 2
29Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women0:02:49
30Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb WomenRow 29 - Cell 2
31Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) CCC-LivRow 30 - Cell 2
32Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:03:26
33Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women0:03:48
34Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Brodie Chapman (Aus) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 34 - Cell 2
36Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) BePinkRow 35 - Cell 2
37Julie Leth (Den) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale Cipollini0:03:51
39Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale CipolliniRow 38 - Cell 2
40Evy Kuijpers (Ned) CCC-Liv0:04:38
41Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 41 - Cell 2
43Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale CipolliniRow 42 - Cell 2
44Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 43 - Cell 2
45Kirsten Wild (Ned) WNT-Rotor Pro CyclingRow 44 - Cell 2
46Anastasiia Chursina (Rus) BTC City LjubljanaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Leah Thomas (USA) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City LjubljanaRow 47 - Cell 2
49Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 48 - Cell 2
50Severine Eraud (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 49 - Cell 2
51Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 50 - Cell 2
52Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 51 - Cell 2
53Demi de Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 52 - Cell 2
54Urska Pintar (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Daniela Reis (Por) DoltciniRow 54 - Cell 2
56Sarah Rijkes (Aut) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:05:18
57Lara Vieceli (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro CyclingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) WNT-Rotor Pro CyclingRow 57 - Cell 2
59Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv0:05:51
60Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:06:21
62Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePinkRow 61 - Cell 2
63Valerie Demey (Bel) CCC-Liv0:06:24
64Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAMRow 63 - Cell 2
65Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb WomenRow 64 - Cell 2
66Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 66 - Cell 2
68Elena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Belle de Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:07:41
70Bryony van Velzen (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 69 - Cell 2
71Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Diana Carolina Peñuela Martinez (Col) Ale CipolliniRow 71 - Cell 2
73Danielle Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 72 - Cell 2
74Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 75 - Cell 2
77Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 77 - Cell 2
79Carmela Cipriani (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 78 - Cell 2
80Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 79 - Cell 2
81Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 80 - Cell 2
82Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 81 - Cell 2
83Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 82 - Cell 2
84Sofia Beggin (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 83 - Cell 2
85Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 84 - Cell 2
86Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSARow 85 - Cell 2
87Riejanne Markus (Ned) CCC-LivRow 86 - Cell 2
88Anja Longyka (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 87 - Cell 2
89Nina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 88 - Cell 2
90Esther van Veen (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 89 - Cell 2
91Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 90 - Cell 2
92Rozanne Slik (Ned) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 91 - Cell 2
93Lauren Stephens (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 92 - Cell 2
94Charlotte Becker (Ger) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 93 - Cell 2
95Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 94 - Cell 2
96Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 95 - Cell 2
97Sara Mustonen (Swe) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:07:53
99Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 98 - Cell 2
100Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFNina Kessler (Ned) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFLetizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFMichela Balducci (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFChristina Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFKirstie van Haaften (Ned) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFFien Delbaere (Bel) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFFrancesca Balducci (Ita) Conceria Zabri-FaniniRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFMónika Király (Hun) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSARow 107 - Cell 2
DNFAlexandra Goncharova (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSARow 108 - Cell 2
DNFRoxane Fournier (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFElisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFGiulia Marchesini (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFFrancesca Pattaro (Ita) BePinkRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFNicole Steigenga (Ned) BePinkRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFChiara Perini (Ita) BePinkRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFAlena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAMRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFJulie Solvang (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFAudrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFChanella Stougje (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFMarta Tagliaferro (Ita) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePinkRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFMartina Alzini (Ita) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFCoryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb WomenRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFJulia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFLotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFAlexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAMRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFChristina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu CyclingRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFKatarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu CyclingRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFJessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFPernille Larsen Feldmann (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFNadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFKseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Servetto-Piumate-Beltrami TSARow 132 - Cell 2
DNFMikayla Harvey (NZl) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFMia RadoticRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFMaaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City LjubljanaRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFJip van den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFFaina Potapova (Kaz) Astana Women's TeamRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFMakhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Astana Women's TeamRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFMarie Soleil Blais (Can) Astana Women's TeamRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFTrixi Worrack (Ger) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFMoniek Tenniglo (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 141 - Cell 2


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