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Ronde van Vlaanderen 2012 - Arndt wins for GreenEDGE-AIS

Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour of Flanders, 127km

 

Race Writeup

Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) moved herself up the world cup standings with a strong win over the cobbles. An attacking race, played out on the cold, but sunny Flanders cobbles and climbs produced an emphatic win for the 2008 winner. Kirstin Armstrong (USA) rolled over the line just behind Arndt with Joelle Numainville (Canada) winning the bunch sprint for 3rd.

The rollout from Oudenaarde and the first third of the race were relatively calm. The peloton was perhaps preparing itself for the tests to come. When the race reached the Paddestraat, the first cobbled section, the peloton became a long line and some splits occurred. Notably, 2011 winner, Annemieke van Vleuten (Rabobank Women) was caught behind and despite a long, strong and desperate chase, the Dutchwoman who is only just returning to racing after surgery during the off-season was unable to rejoin the main bunch.

The climbs which followed saw the bunch thinned out further, until a group of just 60 remained. It was in this middle section that attack and counterattack were attempted. Eventually Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon) and Andrea Dvorak (USA) managed to gain a small advantage on the bunch. They led on the approach to the Oude Kwaremont, but were swallowed by the chasers at the beginning of the climb.

Former and current  World time trial champions and Olympic time trial champion respectively, Arndt and Armstrong used their considerable strength to pull away from the remaining peloton, generating over 1 minute advantage. By the time the race reached the Patterberg a handful of kilometres later, Judith Arndt and Kristin Armstrong (USA National Team) were seven seconds ahead of a small group of chasers and the bunch another ten seconds behind that. The lead pair extended their lead over the final climb and on the fast run-in to Oudenaarde. 

As the pair approached the final kilometre the cat and mouse tactics started. Armstrong launched her sprint first, but as they approached the finish, Arndt clearly had the advantage, she was lengths clear of Armstrong and savoured her victory with a long, double handed victory salute. Armstrong crossed the line with her head bowed in defeat. Joelle Numainville (Canada National Team) took the bunch sprint for third place.

Despite Marianne Vos’ (Rabobank Women) absence (through illness) in this third round of the 2012 UCI, World Cup series she still leads overall and will wear the series leader jersey at Fleche Wallone on April 18th.

 

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Comments

Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) could not have been happier with how the season was forming, “I was looking forward to the Oude Kwaremont, I really like that section. I moved forward ready for it because you have to be near the front there,” commented Judith Arndt afterwards, “Its strange how it worked out really, it was the same four years ago, I was in the sprint with Kristin [Armstrong] then too. I thought I had a 50:50 chance in the sprint today, but you can never know after such a long race. I really happy with this victory.”

Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time/Gap
1 Judith Arndt   Greenedge-Ais 3:19:05
2 Kristin Armstrong   USA National Team 0:00:02
3 Joelle Numainville   Canada National Team 0:00:30
4 Kirsten Wild   AA Drink-Leontien.nl Cycling Team "
5 Adrie Visser   Skil 1T4I "
6 Eleonora Van Dijk   Team Specialized-Lululemon "
7 Loes Gunnewijk   Greenedge-Ais "
8 Christine Majerus   Team GSD Gestion "
9 Anna Van Der Breggen   Sengers Ladies Cycling Team "
10 Alena Amialiusik   Be Pink "

 

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World Cup Classification Top 10 - click here to see full standings

Position Name Team Drenthe Binda Flanders Total
1 Vos  Marianne  Stichting Rabo Women  75 75 150
2 Arndt  Judith Greenedge AIS  10 30 75 115
3 Wild  Kirsten   AA-Drink LEontien.nl CT  50 30 80
4 Johansson  Emma  Hitec Products Mistral  35 27 9 71
5 Worrack  Trixi  Specialized Lululemon 27 35 62
6 Visser  Adrie  Skil 1T4l 24 5 27 56
7 Armstrong Kristin  USA National Team 50 50
8 Guderzo  Tatiana   MCipollini Giambenini 50 50
9 Ferrand Prevot  Pauline  Stichting Rabo Women 11 21 10 42
10 Gunnewijk  Loes  Greenedge AIS  15 4 21 40

 

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