WomensCycling.net

 

Home

Latest Additions

 Calendar 2009

Interviews

Photo Gallery

Links

New To Cycling?

2006 Archive (and earlier)

 
 

 

Road World Cup 2009

 

World Cup Coverage  >>   2009   2008    2007    2006    2005

WCN quicklink >>   Round 6 - Montreal

                                    Round 5 -Tour De Berne  Tour de Berne Preview  La Flèche Wallonne Féminine Preview  

                                   Round 3 - Ronde van Drenthe    Round 2- Ronde van Vlaanderen    Round 1- Trofeo Binda   

                                   World Cup Preview    

 

UCI Website

 

      

 

 

On this page >>  Write-up      Comments     Results      Standings     Photos

 

Round 5

La Fleche Wallone, Belgium, 98km

Race Writeup

Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling) maintained her grip on the World Cup series lead with a calculated second place in the finale on the Mur in Huy. The winner, Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) equalled history by taking her third Fleche Wallone. She joined the elite club of those who have done so in style, with a solo win after an attack on the fierce climb with 150 metres to go. Vos’ performance is, in fact, historic in itself. She is the only rider to have won three times in a row. The other riders to have won three times were competitive in the race today, Nicole Cooke (Vision 1 Racing) finished sixth and Fabiana Luperini (Selle Italia Ghezzo) finished fifteenth.

The race was hard, with continual breakaway attempts. Four riders eventually managed to create a gap when the bunch reached the climbs. Noemi Cantele (Bigla Cycling Team), Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Team Columbia Women), Trixi Worrack (Equipe Nurnberger) and Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Vision 1 Racing) broke away towards the climb of Cote de Haut Bois. Their move gained some time, but  was split up by the summit, which was at kilometre 44, around half-distance of the 98 kilometre race. A counter-attack, containing thirteen riders escaped, but were unable to gain any real advantage. By the Cote de Thon (53 kilometres), they were back with the bunch.

The race’s significant move came before the Cote de Bohisseau. Luise Keller (Team Columbia Women) and Claudia Hausler (Cervelo Test Team) broke away together. They worked well and quickly built up a gap of twenty seconds. Hausler was too strong, though on the Cote de Bohisseau and rode away on her own. With 25 kilometres to go, she was looking strong and maintaining a 40 seconds gap.

The bunch reacted on the straight, wide roads which lead back to Huy before the penultimate climb. Equipe Nurnberger were instrumental in the chase and Hausler was caught with around 15kilometres to go in the race. The major contenders were left to fight it out towards the finish. With the favourites all at the front of the bunch, there were no further escapes allowed. The 2009 Fleche Wallone would come down to a fight of the strongest on the Mur de Huy.

Claudia Hausler (Cervelo Test Team) made the first move on the Mur. She was marked by Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) and Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling), with Amber Neben (Equipe Nurnberger) and Noemi Cantele (Bigla Cycling Team) also in contention. Hausler went first, attacking early on the climb. She was strong, but not strong enough. Vos made her move with 150 metres to go, overtook Hausler and crossed the line with a safe, six second, advantage over Emma Johansson, who had marked her move, but been unable to respond to it.

Back to Top

 

Post Race Comments

Emma Johansson had done enough to keep the World Cup leader’s jersey. She admitted that she had marked Vos, knowing that if Vos won, she would have to gain a place on the podium to stay in the lead. “I always try to race for the win, but a climb like this is totally one for Marianne. I stayed with her as long as I could, I couldn’t do any more, so I tried to keep the jersey.” explained an excited Johansson before the podium presentation.

Marianne Vos was understated about her win. “The course suited me”, she commented. “To win one time is great, to win two times is even better, to win three times……it feels great. Its great to win three times and be on the list with Luperini and Cooke, they’ve won three times and now I’ve done the same.” Asked which was the best win, she said “I don’t know, they’re all tough. With that climb, they’re all hard. Last year, I had to sprint to the finish and this year, the last hundred metres were not easy, but better.

Vos will not be targeting the World Cup in 2009. Despite doing enough to keep herself in contention for the overall World Cup victory. “It’s not really a target but when you’re in the top of the ranking, I will try to be up there, but I won’t be riding in Montreal, so that makes it difficult at the end. I want to be in good shape for all of the World Cups. We’ll see at the end of the season what happens.

Back to Top

 

Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time Gap
1 VOS Marianne DSB BANK - LTO 2h 35' 40"
2 JOHANSSON Emma RED SUN CYCLING TEAM 2h 35' 46" + 00' 06"
3 HÄUSLER Claudia CERVELO TEST TEAM 2h 35' 50" + 00' 10"
4 NEBEN Amber EQUIPE NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNG 2h 35' 55" + 00' 15"
5 CANTELE Noemi BIGLA CYCLING TEAM 2h 36' 00" + 00' 20"
6 COOKE Nicole VISION 1 RACING 2h 36' 01" + 00' 21"
7 ABBOTT Mara TEAM COLUMBIA HIGHROAD WOMEN 2h 36' 02" + 00' 22"
8 SOEDER Christiane CERVELO TEST TEAM 2h 36' 08" + 00' 28"
9 GUNNEWIJK Loes 9 GUNNEWIJK Loes TEAM FLEXPOINT 2h 36' 11" + 00' 31"
10 VILA JOSANA ANDREU Marta TEAM CMAX DILA’ 2h 36' 13" + 00' 33"

Back to Top

 

Standings Top 10 - click here to see full standings

Rank (Previous Rank) Name Nation
1 (1) JOHANSSON Emma Sweden
2 (2) VOS Marianne Netherlands
3 (4) GUNNEWIJK Loes Netherlands
4 (3) TEUTENBERG Ina Germany
5 (5) WILD Kirsten Netherlands
6 (6) LUTZ Eva Germany
7 (13) COOKE Nicole Great Britain
8 (7) BLAAK Chantal Netherlands
9 (8) BRAS Martine Netherlands
10 (9) VERBEKE Grace Belgium

Back to Top

 

Photos   Click on any image to enlarge >>

04_22_Fleche_034
04_22_Fleche_034
04_22_Fleche_037
04_22_Fleche_037
04_22_Fleche_039
04_22_Fleche_039
04_22_Fleche_069
04_22_Fleche_069
04_22_Fleche_085
04_22_Fleche_085
04_22_Fleche_090
04_22_Fleche_090
04_22_Fleche_130
04_22_Fleche_130
04_22_Fleche_167
04_22_Fleche_167
04_22_Fleche_183
04_22_Fleche_183
04_22_Fleche_186
04_22_Fleche_186
04_22_Fleche_191
04_22_Fleche_191
04_22_Fleche_196
04_22_Fleche_196
04_22_Fleche_213
04_22_Fleche_213
04_22_Fleche_222
04_22_Fleche_222
04_22_Fleche_225
04_22_Fleche_225
04_22_Fleche_234
04_22_Fleche_234
04_22_Fleche_294
04_22_Fleche_294
04_22_Fleche_317
04_22_Fleche_317

Back to Top

 

 

Want to contact WomensCycling.net? 

The WomensCycling.net email address is

 

To contact the webmaster, the address is :

Type this address into the "To" line of a new email message in your email programme.

The WomensCycling.net email address is displayed as a graphic in order to reduce the amount of 'spam' email received from programmes which 'crawl' the internet for sites with addresses displayed in text and then overwhelm that address with junk, or even forge the address in junk messages that they generate and send to others. Sorry for any inconvenience this approach causes you.

 

Back to Top

 

 

Copyright WomensCycling.net 2004 - 2008 ©