Lotte Kopecky wins women's Tour of Flanders 2022

Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx) has won the women's Tour of Flanders wearing the Belgian champion's jersey.

Playing their numbers well in the final, Team SD Worx had Chantal van den Broek-Blaak attack with 11 kilometres to go, forcing Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) to close the gap with Kopecky on her wheel. Van den Broek-Blaak did the lion's share of work on the run-in to the finish, and Kopecky beat Van Vleuten in the sprint.

"It's quite overwhelming," said Kopecky who was almost lost for words. "I am very thankful to my teammates, this victory is not only for me but for them. Chantal in particular was fantastic."

Going into the sprint, Kopecky was quietly confident that she could win: "I know that normally I am faster than Annemiek, but she is also fast after a hard race. You cannot be too confident. But when she couldn't drop me on the climbs, I knew that I could trust myself. Thanks to Chantal who kept riding, then I could win the sprint," the Belgian champion said.

How it unfolded

On the 159.8-kilometre course with 11 hills and six flat cobblestone sectors, a break of four got established early in the race: Clara Honsinger (EF-TIBCO-SVB), Sofie van Rooijen (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Olivia Baril (Valcar-Travel & Service), and Maria Martins (Le Col-Wahoo) established an advantage of up to four minutes before entering the hilly zone.

On the cobbles of the Kerkgate, Honsinger and Baril distanced their two companions and continued as a duo. As their advantage dwindled, Camilla Alessio (Ceratizit-WNT), Marit Raaijmakers (Human Powered Health), and Maike van der Duin (Le Col-Wahoo) bridged to the front, and the gap to this break of five went up to two minutes again as the peloton did not race hard until the foot of the Koppenberg, a new addition to the women's race.

Here, an acceleration by Van Vleuten cut the breakaway's advantage to under a minute while Van der Duin emerged as the strongest rider in the break and finally dropped her companions on the Taaienberg with 36 km to go before sitting up as the peloton was very close behind.

 Three kilometres later, an attack by Arlenis Sierra (Movistar Team) led to a front group with Sofia Bertizzolo (UAE Team ADQ), Christine Majerus (Team SD Worx), Anna Henderson (Team Jumbo-Visma), Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ceratizit-WNT), Brodie Chapman (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), and Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) that was soon joined by Raaijmakers, Van der Duin, Baril, and Alessio who hadn't had enough after their previous break.

Van Vleuten tried another attack on the Kruisberg/Hotond, taking Kopecky and Grace Brown (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) with her and Marlen Reusser (Team SD Worx) joining them soon afterwards. Reusser then bridged the 20-second gap to the front group on her own.

Reusser took charge on the Oude Kwaremont, blowing up the group coming out of the climb first with only Chapman on her wheel. Niewiadoma and Sierra were next, followed by Confalonieri and Bertizzolo. Then came Van Vleuten who had attacked from the peloton with Kopecky and Van den Broek-Blaak on her wheel and picked up Henderson.

These chasing groups all united before the Paterberg where Reusser dropped Chapman but was herself caught by Van Vleuten who came past the Swiss champion just before the top as well as Kopecky. Van den Broek-Blaak, Niewiadoma, and Chapman came back up after the climb, prompting an attack from Reusser that Van Vleuten quickly closed down.

Van den Broek-Blaak immediately counterattacked, catching Van Vleuten off-guard for a moment before she took up the chase with Kopecky on her wheel. Having been caught, Van den Broek-Blaak then led Van Vleuten and Kopecky to the line where Kopecky won the sprint.

Further behind, Sierra, Brown and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) bridged to the second group, and Sierra won the sprint for fourth place.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lotte Kopecky (Bel) SD Worx 4:11:21
2Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar Team Women
3Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (Ned) SD Worx 0:00:02
4Arlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cub) Movistar Team Women 0:00:40
5Marlen Reusser (Swi) SD Worx
6Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
7Grace Brown (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
8Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-Sram Racing
9Brodie Chapman (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:00:42
10Marta Bastianelli (Ita) UAE Team ADQ 0:01:10
11Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
12Sarah Roy (Aus) Canyon-Sram Racing
13Emma Norsgaard Bjerg (Den) Movistar Team Women
14Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team DSM Women
15Christine Majerus (Lux) SD Worx
16Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
17Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx
18Alexandra Manly (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
19Maaike Boogaard (Ned) UAE Team ADQ
20Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
21Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Le Col Wahoo
22Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
23Mischa Bredewold (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
24Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Plantur-Pura
25Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team 0:01:13
26Marta Cavalli (Ita) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
27Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women
28Anna Henderson (GBr) Jumbo-Visma Women 0:01:15
29Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women
30Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:01:18
31Soraya Paladin (Ita) Canyon-Sram Racing
32Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:01:37
33Amanda Spratt (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women 0:02:12
34Susanne Andersen (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women 0:03:44
35Maike Van der Duin (Ned) Le Col Wahoo
36Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
37Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team DSM Women
38Femke Markus (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
39Julia Borgström (Swe) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
40Silke Smulders (Ned) Liv Racing Xstra
41Eleonora Camilla Gasparrini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
42Alice Towers (GBr) Le Col Wahoo
43Veronica Ewers (USA) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
44Camilla Alessio (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team 0:03:46
45Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Human Powered Health Women
46Olivia Baril (Can) Valcar-Travel & Service
47Georgia Baker (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
48Elena Cecchini (Ita) SD Worx 0:03:51
49Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women
50Julie De Wilde (Bel) Plantur-Pura 0:04:09
51Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
52Marta Lach (Pol) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
53Valerie Demey (Bel) Liv Racing Xstra
54Mie Bjørndal Ottestad (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
55Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-Sram Racing
56Marthe Goossens (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
57Marta Jaskulska (Pol) Liv Racing Xstra
58Mareille Meijering (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
59Tamara Dronova (Rus) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
60Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
61Spela Kern (Slo) Massi Tactic Women's Team
62Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
63Letizia Borghesi (Ita) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
64Romy Kasper (Ger) Jumbo-Visma Women
65Sara Poidevin (Can) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
66Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-Sram Racing
67Femke Gerritse (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
68Inge van der Heijden (Ned) Plantur-Pura
69Riejanne Markus (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
70Julie Van De Velde (Bel) Plantur-Pura
71Hannah Barnes (GBr) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
72Coryn Rivera (USA) Jumbo-Visma Women 0:08:01
73Ilse Pluimers (Ned) AG Insurance-NXTG Team 0:09:49
74Mylene de Zoete (Ned) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
75Maria Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Le Col Wahoo
76Anne Van Rooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
77Julie Leth (Den) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
78Marie Le Net (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
79Danique Braam (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
80Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team DSM Women
81Lily Williams (USA) Human Powered Health Women
82Arianna Fidanza (Ita) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
83Clara Honsinger (USA) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
84Lone Meertens (Bel) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
85Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Human Powered Health Women
86Charlotte Kool (Ned) Team DSM Women
87Eugenia Bujak (Slo) UAE Team ADQ 0:12:34
88Hannah Buch (Ger) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad 0:12:55
89Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
90Mijntje Geurts (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
91Fien Delbaere (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
92Nathalie Eklund (Swe) Massi Tactic Women's Team
93Lotte Claes (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
94Mieke Docx (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
95Corinna Lechner (Ger) Massi Tactic Women's Team
96Lea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
97Amalie Lutro (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
98Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women
99Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women
100Amber van der Hulst (Ned) Liv Racing Xstra
101Emma Langley (USA) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
102Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Liv Racing Xstra
103Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
DNFAlena Ivanchenko (Rus) UAE Team ADQ
DNFLeah Thomas (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFGaia Masetti (Ita) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
DNFAne Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
DNFGulnaz Khatuntseva (Rus) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
DNFSanne Cant (Bel) Plantur-Pura
DNFDiana Klimova (Rus) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
DNFKim De Baat (Bel) Plantur-Pura
DNFLorena Wiebes (Ned) Team DSM Women
DNFMaud Rijnbeek (Ned) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
DNFLauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFAnniina Ahtosalo (Fin) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
DNFSophie Wright (GBr) UAE Team ADQ
DNFTanja Erath (Ger) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
DNFKristyna Burlová (Cze) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFGladys Verhulst (Fra) Le Col Wahoo
DNFEefje Brandt (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFMaria Martins (Por) Le Col Wahoo
DNFElise Chabbey (Swi) Canyon-Sram Racing
DNFLotte Popelier (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
DNFMireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women's Team
DNFNaomi De Roeck (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
DNFKaia Schmid (USA) Human Powered Health Women
DNFElisa Serné (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
DNFMakayla Macpherson (USA) Human Powered Health Women
DNFMireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women's Team
DNFSofie van Rooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFKirstie van Haaften (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFMartina Moreno Monteys (Spa) Massi Tactic Women's Team
DNFJessy Druyts (Bel) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
DNFCéline van Houtum (Ned) Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
DNFKatrijn De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFBarbara Malcotti (Ita) Human Powered Health Women
DNFLaura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFLéa Stern (Swi) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
DNFMinke Bakker (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
DNSLiane Lippert (Ger) Team DSM Women

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