UCI Women Road World Cup : Vos returns to Flèche Wallonne

Posted: April 23, 2014 by kirisyko in Bike, Road cycling
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Two laps, one of 63 kilometres and one of 64 kilometres make up the parcours in the east of Belgium. After being absent in the first three races of the UCI Women Road World Cup, the Flèche marks the return of Marianne Vos to the peloton. With five wins on the Mur de Huy she is the big favourite for the victory.

But Vos is definitely not the only contender set to conquer the 1,3 kilometre Mur which has an average gradient of 9,3%. Ashleigh Moolman and Elisa Longo Borghini shared the podium with Vos last year. This year they are in the same Hitec Products team and can work as a tandem to beat the world champion.

Emma Johansson finished the race six times and ended on the podium on half of these occassions. However, the Orica-AIS rider never reached the top step of the podium, coming second to Vos twice.

With five victories Marianne Vos is the record holder in Huy but there are two other former winners on the start line. Evelyn Stevens of Specialized-Lululemon showed her climbing abilities in the past. In 2012 she was the only one to ever beat Vos in a direct duel on the Mur.

Emma Pooley is back in the peloton with Lotto-Belisol. The British rider has completed her PhD-degree, finished triathlons and marathons and now returns to the site of her victory in 2010.

After impressive riding in El Salvador last month and a third place in the Trofeo Binda, Astana Be Pink’s Alena Amialiusik is by no means an outsider. She couldn’t start Tour of Flanders because of a fever but the Belorussian champion recovered well and is ready for the fourth World Cup race of the 2014 season.

The Rabo-Liv team holds three of the four leader’s jerseys. Since the Ronde van Drenthe, where Iris Slappendel won two sprints, the designer of the jerseys wears the sprint jersey but she won’t defend it in Belgium on Wednesday. Anna van der Breggen holds the best climber’s jersey and Pauline Ferrand Prevot wears the jersey for best young rider.

World Cup leader Lizzie Armitstead holds an impressive record. She finished on the podium in each of the the last three World Cup races. Her lead on Johansson is a comfortable 80 points but the British champion doesn’t really want to think about that classification too much. She is on great form and looks keen to add another podium place to her collection.

Together with strong teammates like Tour of Flanders winner Ellen van Dijk, Jessie Daams and Megan Guarnier, the Boels-Dolmans is a force to be reckoned with.

The Flèche Wallonne starts at 11am on the Mur de Huy. Twenty UCI teams, including the World Cup leaders Boels-Dolmans, plus four national teams will line up for the 2014 edition of this historic race in the Belgian Ardennes.

Picture: The Mur de Huy

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