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Annemiek van Vleuten wins Tour of Flanders

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Annemiek van Vleuten wins the Tour of Flanders 2021

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Annemiek van Vleuten wins the Tour of Flanders 2021

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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Arrival Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Women Celebration during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Landscape RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) wins the Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Women during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Attack Breakaway RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

European champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) on a solo attack (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Women during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Attack Breakaway RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) on a solo attack (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Women during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Attack Breakaway RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) on a solo attack (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Women during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Attack Breakaway RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) on a solo attack (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Women during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Attack Breakaway Paterberg Cobblestones sector RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) puts in her winning move on the Paterberg (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Women during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Attack Breakaway Paterberg Cobblestones sector RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) attacks on the Paterberg (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Grace Brown of Australia and Team BikeExchange Anna Van Der Breggen of Netherlands and Team SD Worx during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo Lisa Brennauer of Germany and Ceratizit WNT Pro Cycling Team Marta Cavalli of Italy and Team FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Paterberg Cobblestones sector RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Women Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig of Denmark and Team FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Women Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig of Denmark and Team FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) pushes the pace (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Jolien Dhoore of Belgium and Team SD Worx Anna Van Der Breggen of Netherlands and Team SD Worx during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Jolien D'hoore (SD Worx) chasing down Cordon-Ragot (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Jolien Dhoore of Belgium and Team SD Worx Anna Van Der Breggen of Netherlands and Team SD Worx during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Jolien D'hoore (SD Worx) leads the chase (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Audrey CordonRagot of France and Team Trek Segafredo during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders Breakaway UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) was a late solo attacker (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Women Team Pink UCI Womens WorldTour Leader Jersey during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) in the Women's WorldTour leader's jersey (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Alison Jackson of Canada and Team Liv Racing Emilia Fahlin of Sweden and Team FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Cobblestones RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Alison Jackson (Liv Racing) marked by Emilia Fahlin (FDJ) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Alison Jackson of Canada and Team Liv Racing Emilia Fahlin of Sweden and Team FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Cobblestones RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Alison Jackson (Liv Racing) marked by Emilia Fahlin (FDJ) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Leah Thomas of United States and Movistar Team Women during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Leah Thomas (Movistar Team) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Lisa Klein of Germany and Team Canyon SRAM Racing Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Women Team Pink UCI Womens WorldTour Leader Jersey during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan and Marianne Vos behind Lisa Klein (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Jelena Eric of Serbia and Movistar Team Women during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Breakaway RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Jelena Eric (Movistar Team) on the move (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Hannah Barnes of United Kingdom and Team Canyon SRAM Racing Jelena Eric of Serbia and Movistar Team Women during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Attack Breakaway RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Hannah Barnes on the attack (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo Lisa Brennauer of Germany and Ceratizit WNT Pro Cycling Team Hannah Barnes of United Kingdom and Team Canyon SRAM Racing Lucinda Brand of Netherlands and Team Trek Segafredo Teniel Campbell of Trinidad And Tobago and Team BikeExchange Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Women Team Pink UCI Womens WorldTour Leader Jersey during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Cobblestones Peloton RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

The peloton in the women's Tour of Flanders 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Jolien Dhoore of Belgium and Team SD Worx during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Jolien D'hoore (SD Worx) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Lisa Klein of Germany and Team Canyon SRAM Racing during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Cobblestones RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Lisa Klein leads the chase (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Marijke De Smedt of Belgium and Team Multum Accountants Lsk Ladies CT Kelly Van Den Steen of Belgium and Team Bingoal Casino Chevalmeire during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Breakaway RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Early attacks in the 2021 Women's Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Hannah Barnes of United Kingdom and Team Canyon SRAM Racing Christine Majerus of Luxembourg and Team SD Worx Lisa Klein of Germany and Team Canyon SRAM Racing during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Cobblestones RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Christine Majerus at the front (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Rozanne Slik of Netherlands and Team Bingoal Casino Chevalmeire Emilie Moberg of Norway and Team DropsLe Col Supported By Tempur during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Breakaway RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Rozanne Slik (Bingoal Casino Chevalmeire) and Emilie Moberg (Drops Le Col) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Femke Markus of Netherlands and Team Parkhotel Valkenburg Inga Cesuliene of Lithuania and Team Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Breakaway RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Femke Markus in the escape with Inga Cesuliene (Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Femke Markus of Netherlands and Team Parkhotel Valkenburg during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Breakaway RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Femke Markus (Parkhotel Valkenburg) tries to bridge to the breakaway (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Mieke Koger of Germany and Team Coop Hitec Products Fien Van Eynde of Belgium and Doltcini Van Eyck Proximus Continental Team during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Attack Breakaway RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Mieke Koger (Coop-Hitec Products) and Fien Van Eynde (Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus) were the early escapees (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Alice Barnes of United Kingdom and Team Canyon SRAM Racing Katarzyna Niewiadoma of Poland and Team Canyon SRAM Racing Tiffany Cromwell of Australia and Team Canyon SRAM Racing during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Alice Barnes (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Marijke De Smedt of Belgium and Team Multum Accountants Lsk Ladies CT Kelly Van Den Steen of Belgium and Team Bingoal Casino Chevalmeire during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Breakaway RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

The 2021 Women's Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Marijke De Smedt of Belgium and Team Multum Accountants Lsk Ladies CT Kelly Van Den Steen of Belgium and Team Bingoal Casino Chevalmeire during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Breakaway RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Attacks fly in the 2021 Women's Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Start Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) at the start of the 2021 Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Start Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) at the start of the 2021 Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Start Lotte Kopecky of Belgium and Team Liv Racing during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Lotte Kopecky (Liv Racing) at the start of the 2021 Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Start Anna Van Der Breggen of Netherlands and Team SD Worx during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx) at the start of the 2021 Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Start Chantal Van Den Broek Blaak of Netherlands and Team SD Worx during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (SD Worx) at the start of the 2021 Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Start Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado of Netherlands and Team PlanturPura during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Plantur-Pura) at the start of the 2021 Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Arrival Lisa Brennauer of Germany and Ceratizit WNT Pro Cycling Team during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Lisa Brennauer sprints to second (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Arrival Grace Brown of Australia and Team BikeExchange during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Grace Brown pleased with a podium finish (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Dutch Annemiek van Vleuten of Movistar Team and Australian Grace Brown of Team Bikeexchange give a corona proof elbow bump as they celebrate on the podium after the womens edition of the Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour des Flandres Tour of Flanders one day cycling race 152km from and to Oudenaarde Sunday 04 April 2021BELGA PHOTO DAVID PINTENS Photo by David PintensBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Van Vleuten and Brown eschew hugs or handshakes amid the COVID-19 pandemic (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Podium Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Women Celebration during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Trophy Detail view RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

The Tour of Flanders winner's trophy (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Podium Emma Norsgaard Jorgensen of Denmark and Movistar Team Women Blue best young UCI jersey Celebration during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Mask Flowers RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Emma Norsgaard (Movistar) is best young rider in the Women's WorldTour (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Podium Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo Pink UCI Womens WorldTour Leader Jersey Celebration during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Mask Covid safety measures RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) leads the WorldTour after the Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Podium Lisa Brennauer of Germany and Ceratizit WNT Pro Cycling Team Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Women Grace Brown of Australia and Team BikeExchange Celebration during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Trophy Mask Covid Safety Measures RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

The women's Tour of Flanders podium (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Podium Lisa Brennauer of Germany and Ceratizit WNT Pro Cycling Team Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Women Celebration during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Champagne Mask Covid Safety Measures RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Lisa Brennauer and Annemiek van Vleuten on the podium (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM APRIL 04 Podium Lisa Brennauer of Germany and Ceratizit WNT Pro Cycling Team Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Women Grace Brown of Australia and Team BikeExchange Celebration during the 18th Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour of Flanders 2021 Womens Elite a 1524km race frim Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde Trophy Mask Covid Safety Measures RVV21 rondevanvlaanderen tourofflanders UCIWWT on April 04 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

The 2021 Women's Tour of Flanders podium (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Ten years after her first victory, Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) has won her second Tour of Flanders. The European champion attacked from a small group of favourites on the final climb with 14km to go, before extending her gap from seven seconds at the top of the Paterberg to 25 seconds at the finish. 

From the chase group, Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT) beat Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) in the sprint for second place.

“I had been hoping for this for ten years after my 2011 victory, and now it all fell into place. I am very proud, especially for my new team Movistar, the girls worked very hard for me, I was the number-one leader and could finish it off like this … I think we are going to celebrate big tonight,” said a happy Van Vleuten after the race.

“I tried to attack on the Kanarieberg, but there was a headwind, so I stopped again. But it prompted a reaction from the others, making it a good race, and that was to my advantage”, she continued. “I knew that there was nothing after the Paterberg, and I wanted to get to the top first. I had some doubts on the Kwaremont if I should counterattack after Anna’s [van der Breggen. ed.] move, but I thought, wait, wait, it is not on our team to take the initiative. SD Worx was in the group with several riders, and I could profit from that.”

Reliving the final 13 kilometers, Van Vleuten said: “I was so knackered. I really went all out. Eight seconds at the top was not much, I knew I needed more, to get out of sight, because of the long finishing straight.”

How it unfolded

Starting and finishing in Oudenaarde, the 152.4-kilometre race included 13 hellingen, seven of which were cobbled, plus five flatter cobblestone sections.

There were several breakaways in the first half of the race, but they were never more than 50 seconds ahead, and the last one was reeled in after the second climb of the day, the Edelareberg, 63km into the race.

Over the next hellingen, Team SD Worx, Team Jumbo-Visma, Movistar Team, Canyon-SRAM, Alé BTC Ljubljana, and Liv Racing controlled the peloton that became smaller and smaller through attrition, but there were no real attacks until the Berg ten Houte where a move by Leah Thomas (Movistar Team) was neutralised quickly.

On the Kanarieberg, 44km from the finish, Van Vleuten put in a short-lived acceleration. “I tried to attack on the Kanarieberg, but there was a headwind, so I stopped again. But it prompted a reaction from the others, making it a good race, and that was to my advantage,” she explained after the race.

It was then Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) who attacked after the climb and quickly got a gap, extending her advantage over a peloton of about 40 riders to half a minute on the Kruisberg. Team DSM’s attempts to launch a chase with Floortje Mackaij and Liane Lippert were shut down, but Soraya Paladin broke away on the short flat on the Kruisberg/Hotond combination.

Moves by Amy Pieters (Team SD Worx) and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) on the Hotond came to nothing, leaving Cordon-Ragot and Paladin ahead of the peloton. They were eventually caught just before the Oude Kwaremont, starting at 18km to go.

World champion Anna van der Breggen (Team SD Worx) pushed the pace on the long, cobbled climb, followed only by Brown, Van Vleuten, Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo), Brennauer, Uttrup Ludwig, Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), and Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx).

Brown accelerated from this group on the way towards the final climb, and Van Vleuten bridged the small gap on her own. The two were reeled in at the bottom of the Paterberg where Van Vleuten took the lead and went all-in, dropping the rest of the group and cresting the top with an eight-second gap.

From there on, she extended her lead on the way to the finish in Oudenaarde, helped by a lack of cooperation in the group behind where riders were either wary of investing energy to bring their rivals back into the race or just unable to push any harder after a long race.

Finishing in fourth place, Longo Borghini took back the lead in the UCI Women’s WorldTour. Emma Norsgaard (Movistar Team) defended her lead in the Women’s WorldTour youth ranking.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar Team Women 4:01:11
2Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team 0:00:26
3Grace Brown (Aus) Team BikeExchange
4Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
5Demi Vollering (Ned) Team SD Worx
6Marta Cavalli (Ita) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
7Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:00:28
8Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Team SD Worx 0:00:35
9Marlen Reusser (Swi) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:00:51
10Kristen Faulkner (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 0:00:55
11Leah Thomas (USA) Movistar Team Women 0:00:57
12Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:01:00
13Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Liv Racing
14Amy Pieters (Ned) Team SD Worx
15Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
16Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
17Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team DSM
18Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo
19Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (Ned) Team SD Worx
20Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:01:03
21Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:04
22Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing 0:02:11
23Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing
24Anna Henderson (GBr) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
25Mischa Bredewold (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
26Liane Lippert (Ger) Team DSM
27Riejanne Markus (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
28Amanda Spratt (Aus) Team BikeExchange
29Brodie Chapman (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
30Sarah Roy (Aus) Team BikeExchange 0:04:08
31Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
32Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:05:22
33Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
34Franziska Koch (Ger) Team DSM
35Emma Norsgaard (Den) Movistar Team Women
36Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
37Anouska Koster (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
38Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing
39Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
40Julie Leth (Den) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
41Thalita De Jong (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
42Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
43Maike Van der Duin (Ned) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
44Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
45Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Liv Racing
46Valerie Demey (Bel) Liv Racing
47Katia Ragusa (Ita) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
48Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Lotto Soudal Ladies
49Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
50Spela Kern (Slo) Massi Tactic Women Team
51Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing
52Romy Kasper (Ger) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
53Inge van der Heijden (Ned) Ciclismo Mundial
54Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
55Anne Dorthe Ysland (Nor) Hitec Products
56Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
57Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
58Mariia Novolodskaia (Rus) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
59Marta Lach (Pol) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
60Juliette Labous (Fra) Team DSM
61Sarah Gigante (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
62Christine Majerus (Lux) Team SD Worx
63Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
64Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing
65Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing
66Soraya Paladin (Ita) Liv Racing 0:05:28
67Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
68Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 0:08:30
69Femke Gerritse (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:08:39
70Sara Penton (Swe) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
71Vita Heine (Nor) Massi Tactic Women Team
72Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies
73Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:08:42
74Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
75Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire 0:08:47
76Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
77Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Team BikeExchange
78Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Team SD Worx
79Laura Tomasi (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
80Sanne Cant (Bel) Ciclismo Mundial
81Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women
82Teniel Campbell (TTo) Team BikeExchange
83Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team 0:09:58
84Lieke Nooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:09:59
85Maria Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
86Céline van Houtum (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
87Femke Markus (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
88Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
89Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
90Nina Kessler (Ned) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
91Marijke De Smedt (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
92Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
93Fien Delbaere (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
94Maaike Coljé (Ned) Massi Tactic Women Team
95Natalie van Gogh (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
96Amalie Lutro (Nor) Hitec Products
97Agua Marina Espinola Salinas (Par) Massi Tactic Women Team
98Inga Cesuliene (Ltu) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
99Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team DSM
100Aniek van Alphen (Ned) Ciclismo Mundial
101Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
102Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:10:03
103Manon Bakker (Ned) Ciclismo Mundial
104Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Ciclismo Mundial
105Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:10:05
106Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
107Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:10:03
108Lone Meertens (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
109Fien Van Eynde (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team 0:11:26
110Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Team BikeExchange
111Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:12:52
DSQLetizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
DNFAude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women
DNFBarbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women
DNFSusanne Andersen (Nor) Team DSM
DNFLea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFDanique Braam (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFAnna Plichta (Pol) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFSofie van Rooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFEva Buurman (Ned) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
DNFEleonora Camilla Gasparrini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFYara Kastelijn (Ned) Ciclismo Mundial
DNFJustine Ghekiere (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
DNFClaudia Jongerius (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
DNFRozanne Slik (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
DNFVictoire Berteau (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
DNFChristina Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
DNFNicole Steigenga (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
DNFAmber Aernouts (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
DNFRosalie van der Wolf (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
DNFOlivija Baleisyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
DNFGiada Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
DNFGemma Sernissi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
DNFDanielle Christmas (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
DNFElizabeth Bennett (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
DNFEmilie Moberg (Nor) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
DNFCaroline Andersson (Swe) Hitec Products
DNFIngvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec Products
DNFMieke Kröger (Ger) Hitec Products
DNFMari Hole Mohr (Nor) Hitec Products
DNFArlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cub) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
DNFMariia Miliaeva (Rus) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
DNFMaria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team

Women's WorldTour rankings
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 948
2Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 888
3Grace Brown (Aus) Team BikeExchange 676
4Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar Team Women 620
5Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team 604
6Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Liv Racing 604
7Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 568
8Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 548
9Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (Ned) Team SD Worx 432
10Emma Norsgaard (Den) Movistar Team Women 400

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