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Van Vleuten beats Antoshina in two-up sprint

Annemiek van Vleuten (Nederland Bloeit) measured her effort to perfection to win the women’s Tour of Flanders in Meerbeke on Sunday. In the finishing straight, she allowed Tatiana Antoshina (Gauss) to lead out the sprint, before clinically jumping around the Russian champion to take the win.

“I sat on and did not take over,” van Vleuten said afterwards. “At about 250 metres from the line, I jumped off her wheel.”

Van Vleuten’s teammate Marianne Vos won the sprint for third place among the select group of chasers that came home 10 seconds behind. Indeed, the Nederland Bloeit team was the dominant force in the race’s finale. Sarah Düster launched a solo bid for glory that forced the other teams to chase and allowed Vos and van Vleuten to sit on and conserve their energy.

The German was joined for a time by Ludovine Henrion (Lotto Honda), but when the lead group of chasers nullified the move with 2km to go, Antoshina seized the opportunity to make her move, and powered clear of the break. However, the ever-alert van Vleuten was quick to spot the danger and she jumped across to the Russian’s wheel.

With the trump card of Vos waiting in the wings to unleash her rapid finish, van Vleuten knew that she could afford to let Antoshina do the lion’s share of work on the approach the finish, and the Russian duly obliged, with her pace-making opening up a 10-second gap.

Then on the slightly rise to the finishing line, van Vleuten simply had too much for Antoshina, and sprinted to victory. The Dutchwoman, who finished third in last weekend’s Trofeo Binda, now inherits the overall lead in the World Cup from Emma Pooley (Garmin-Cervélo), but she was delighted to focus on her Flanders triumph – for now.

“After the World Cup, this is the most beautiful rostrum on which you can stand,” van Vleuten said.

On a course not suited to her talents Pooley admitted that she was always going to be hard pressed to repeat her heroics from the Trofeo Binda. “This course didn’t suit me as well as last week’s one did, I really have to try hard on the cobbles not to get dropped,” she told Cyclingnews on crossing the line in 10th place as part of the chasing group.

Nonetheless, Pooley attacked over the top of the Eikenberg but found herself shut down by a number of teams with an eye on the World Cup standings.

“Anyone wearing our team kit is marked because everyone on our team is very strong,” Pooley said. “The girls who are going for the overall in the World Cup aren’t going to let anyone dangerous go, so that makes it a bit tougher.”

Pooley had her teammate Noemi Cantele for company in the 12 rider break that formed over the hellingen, but on the fast and flat approach to Meerbeke, it was increasingly difficult to make an impact.

“We were just trying to get away, but it was hard because it was already really quick,” Pooley said.

Instead, it was Nederland Bloeit’s strength in depth that won out. After Loes Gunnewijk had worked hard over the climbs, Sarah Düster made her solo effort in order to allow Vos and van Vleuten to save themselves for the finale

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit3:36:03
2Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss0:00:01
3Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit0:00:10
4Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - UCK
5Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Highroad Women
6Joelle Numainville (Can) TIBCO - To The Top
7Grace Verbeke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team
8Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Honda Team
9Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo
10Emma Pooley (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo
11Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Diadora - Pasta Zara
12Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit
13Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Highroad Women0:01:10
14Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team
15Shelley Olds (USA) Diadora - Pasta Zara
16Monia Baccaille (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana
17Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team
18Christine Majerus (Lux) Team GSD Gestion
19Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
20Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia
21Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Highroad Women
22Trixi Worrack (Ger) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team
23Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team
24Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team0:01:22
25Sjoukje Dufoer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team0:03:50
26Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit
27Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox
28Marie Lindberg (Swe) Abus Nutrixxion
29Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss
30Madeleine Olsson (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green
31Shara Gillow (Aus) Australia
32Andrea Bosman (Ned) Netherlands0:04:00
33Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Highroad Women
34Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green
35Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Abus Nutrixxion
36Laure Werner (Bel) Lotto Honda Team
37Leah Kirchmann (Can) Canada
38Lucy Martin (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo
39Janneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit
40Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech
41Laura Van Der Kamp (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team
42Roxane Kneteman (Ned) Netherlands
43Emma Mackie (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top
44Davina Summers (Aus) Bizkaia-Durango
45Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products - UCK
46Ine Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team
47Lise Nöstvold (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK
48Sophie Creux (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
49Trine Schmidt (Den) Garmin - Cervelo
50Alison Testroete (Can) Canada
51Catherine Delfosse (Bel) Lotto Honda Team
52Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
53Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion
54Marit Huisman (Ned) Netherlands
55Marijn De Vries (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team
56Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Gauss
57Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands
58Nina Ovcharenko (Ukr) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox
59Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team
60Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team
61Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Garmin - Cervelo
62Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) TIBCO - To The Top
63Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Gauss
64Maria Grandt Petersen (Den) Abus Nutrixxion
65Serena Sheridan (NZl) TIBCO - To The Top
66Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope
67Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
68Alona Andruk (Ukr) Diadora - Pasta Zara
69Amber Pierce (USA) Diadora - Pasta Zara
70Bianca Purath (Ger) Kuota Speed Kueens
71Leah Guloien (Can) Canada
72Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia
73Bridie O'donnell (Aus) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
74Edwige Pitel (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
75Verónica Leal Balderas (Mex) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox
76Marta Bastianelli (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana
77Alexandra Carle (Aus) Australia
78Martina Ruzickova (Cze) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox
79Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Colavita Forno d'Asolo
80Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Gauss
81Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana
82Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women
83Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team
84Daniela Pintarelli (Aut) Kuota Speed Kueens0:06:20
85Kendall Ryan (USA) TIBCO - To The Top
86Alessandra D'ettorre (Ita) Colavita Forno d'Asolo
87Claudia Häusler (Ger) Diadora - Pasta Zara
88Marie Voreland (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK0:08:41
HDEleonora Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women0:11:12
HDLucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team0:11:49
HDPolona Batagelj (Slo) Bizkaia-Durango
HDChristel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Gauss
HDPetra Dijkman (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team
HDBarbara Guarischi (Ita) Colavita Forno d'Asolo0:12:59
HDMagrieth Kloppenburg (Den) Denmark
HDAlie Gercama (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team0:13:10
HDNina Kessler (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team
HDGabriela Slamova (Cze) Vienne Futuroscope
HDModesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Colavita Forno d'Asolo0:17:12
HDOksana Kashchishina (Ukr) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox0:17:25
HDGloria Presti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo0:17:41
HDJennifer Hohl (Swi) SC MCipollini Giordana
HDLotte Van Hoek (Ned) Netherlands
HDEleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara
HDYulia Blindyuk (Rus) SC MCipollini Giordana
HDSimona Frapporti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
HDLisa Pleyer (Aut) Kuota Speed Kueens
HDFabienne Schauss (Lux) Team GSD Gestion
HDRossella Callovi (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana
HDAnnalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team
HDJulie Leth (Den) Denmark
HDChiara Nadalutti (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team
HDTina Nielsen (Den) Denmark
HDChiara Bortolus (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team
HDFrancesca Tognali (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team
HDMichelle Lauge (Den) Denmark0:20:06
HDAmanda Spratt (Aus) Australia0:20:20
HDTone Hatteland (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK0:20:42
HDCecilie Johansen (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK
HDWinanda Spoor (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team
HDJessica Kihlbom (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green
HDHenriette Frederiksen (Den) Denmark0:22:44

World Cup standings after round 2
1Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit110pts
2Emma Pooley (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo86
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - UCK80
4Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss58
5Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Highroad Women48
6Grace Verbeke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team39
7Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team37
8Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit35
9Shelley Olds (USA) Diadora - Pasta Zara33
10Joelle Numainville (Can) TIBCO - To The Top24
11Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team24
12Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Honda Team18
13Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo15
14Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra)15
15Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Diadora - Pasta Zara15
16Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team11
17Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo11
18Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Gauss10
19Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit9
20Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Highroad Women8
21Noortje Tabak (Ned) Nederland Bloeit7
22Aude Biannic (Fra)6
23Monia Baccaille (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana5
24Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team4
25Polona Batagelj (Slo) Bizkaia-Durango4
26Christine Majerus (Lux) Team GSD Gestion3
27Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit3
28Ruth Corset (Aus)2
29Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana2

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Barry Ryan

Barry Ryan is European Editor at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation (opens in new tab), published by Gill Books.

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