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Round 3

Tour of Flanders, 114km

 

Race Writeup

In a late break, Judith Arndt outsprinted Kristin Armstrong to take the fifth Tour of Flanders for women.

Active in breaks all day, both rider's teams (Team High Road & Cervélo Lifeforce) provided the springboard for the pair to jump away after the final climb of the race. Armstrong went, followed by Arndt. The German was strongest in the sprint, winning by several bikelengths as the American sat up in defeat just before the line. Kirsten Wild (AA Drink) won the group sprint for third from Oenone Wood (High Road).

Suzanne De Goede (Équipe Nürnberger) finished sixth. Her consistency across the series so far means that she takes the Leader's Jersey to the Ronde van Drenthe on Saturday. 

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The Tour of Flanders is one of the biggest races in the World Cup Series. The race runs in parallel with the men’s (Pro Tour) event, with the closing kilometres covering the same parcours. The legendary climbs of the Muur (in Geraardsbergen) and Bosberg (11% and with 400 metres of cobbles) just 12 kilometres from the finish have been known as the place for the winner to launch her attack in the past.

In this, the fifth running De Ronde van Vlaanderen, there was action throughout the race, with the first riders attacking on the very first climb, Molenberg. Delays caused by crashes on the wet cobblestones made others nervous to maintain their position in the bunch without expending extra energy chasing back to position.

Trixi Worrack (Équipe Nürnberger) was particularly unfortunate; she suffered crashes at both ends of the race. Initially falling in the opening 25 kilometres, she was forced to switch to a spare bike and continued racing. Then, with only a few kilometres remaining, she was floored by a race motorcycle and taken to hospital. Whilst the German was not seriously injured, reports are that she is battered and heavily bruised; she had been in a position to help Suzanne De Goede with her sprint in the breakaway. After the event, De Goede admitted that she had been aware that a good finish could put her into the World Cup lead. “I was sorry for Trixi and disappointed that she was missing, she was in the front group and we could have worked together in the sprint.”

At Molenberg, Chantal Beltman (Team High Road), Marianne Vos (DSB Bank), Emma Johanssen (AA Drink) and Noemi Cantele (Team Bigla) got away. Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) and Luise Keller (Team High Road) jumped to close the gap over the cobbles through Mater. The lead group never managed to gain more than 1 minute 30 seconds, but the aggressive format for the race had been created.

The Muur caused the race to ‘explode’ and a group of fifteen riders formed. There were some attacks and counter-attacks on the way to Bosberg and it was on the final climb that the ever-active Chantal Beltman (Team High Road) attacked again, with Cantele, Duester (Cervélo Lifeforce), Johanssen (AA Drink), Vos (DSB Bank) and 2007 winner, Cooke (Bike Hut) going with her. Initially, Judith Arndt hesitated, given that the team already had Beltman ahead. Then she went, countering an attack by 2007 winner, Nicole Cooke (Bike Hut), which Beltman had closed.

On the rolling roads to the finish, it was only Kristin Armstrong (Cervélo Lifeforce) who could break away. She launched a strong attack and the only rider strong enough to go with her was Judith Arndt. The pair worked together on the run-in along the wide, dual carriageway, road. They turned right into the final 500 metres of the course and began sprinting. Despite a brave challenge by the American, Arndt opened up the gap and had time for an uncharacteristic celebration on the finish line (she is known for wisely making sure of the win and giving a victory salute well after the line). Kirsten Wild (AA Drink) won the sprint for third from Oenone Wood (Team High Road), with Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) fifth and Suzanne De Goede (Équipe Nürnberger) sixth. The remainder of the fifteen rider breakaway was completed by Nicole Cooke (Bike Hut), who rolled in at the rear. Her trump cards had been played earlier

Judith Arndt was overjoyed with her win. The German was quick to praise the efforts of her team-mates, recognising that “I didn’t have to do much because I had a team-mate [Chantal Beltman] in the break”. The place that Flanders has in the hearts of the elite women’s peloton is without doubt; “It is the best feeling. It is so special to win here at Flanders.” For the former World Champion and formidable stage race and one-day winner, this was the addition of yet another World Cup race of those regularly included in the series from recent years.

Suzanne De Goede (Équipe Nürnberger) was announced World Cup series Leader and presented to the crowd alongside Pro Tour leader, Andrei Greipel. Unfortunately, logistical problems meant that there was no jersey for the Dutchwoman to show off. She will have to wait until next Saturday, for the Ronde van Drenthe, when the World Cup continues with round 4 to pull on the multicoloured jersey.

Consistent finishing in all three World Cups so far put De Goede on 95 points. She leads Arndt and Emma Pooley (Team Specialized Designs for Women) in the standings. The second and third-placed riders are equal on 75 points each.

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Post Race Comments

Judith Arndt (Team High Road) spoke exclusively to WCN after the finish : I didn’t have to do much because I had a team-mate [Chantal Beltman] in the break”. The place that Flanders has in the hearts of the elite women’s peloton is without doubt; “It is the best feeling. It is so special to win here at Flanders.

Suzanne De Goede (Equipe Nurnberger) admitted that she had been aware that a good finish could put her into the World Cup lead. “I was sorry for Trixi and disappointed that she was missing, she was in the front group and we could have worked together in the sprint."

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team
1 ARNDT Judith TMP
2 ARMSTRONG Kristin RLT
3 WILD Kirsten AAD
4 WOOD Oenone TMP
5 VOS Marianne DSB
6 DE GOEDE Suzanne NUR
7 MARTISOVA Julia GAU
8 BASTIANELLI Marta ITA
9 JOHANSSON Emma AAD
10 SOEDER Christiane RLT

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Standings Top 10 - click here to see full list

Rank Previous Riders Team Points
1 3 DE GOEDE Suzanne NUR 98
2 ARNDT Judith TMP 75
3 1 POOLEY Emma TSW 75
4 2 CURI MATTIS Katheryn WEB 75
5 9 WOOD Oenone TMP 57
6 ARMSTRONG Kristin RLT 50
7 4 RICKARDS Emma RLT 50
8 11 MARTISOVA Julia GAU 45
9 5 OKI Miho MSI 40
10 12 JOHANSSON Emma AAD 36

 

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