UCI Women Road World Cup: Victory for Ferrand Prevot in Flèche Wallonne

Posted: April 24, 2014 by kirisyko in Bike, Road cycling
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Pauline Ferrand Prevot of Rabo-Liv won the 17th Flèche Wallonne in Belgium on Wednesday. “This is the biggest victory of my career,” the 22-year old French rider said after the finish on the Mur de Huy. “Marianne Vos and the entire team rode for me today and I really wanted to finish it off. This is just amazing. A real team victory and I can’t believe I won.”

Lizzie Armitstead finished second for Boels-Dolmans netting her fourth podium in four UCI Road Women World Cup races and thus keeping her leader’s jersey. Hitec’s Elisa Longo Borghini rounded up the podium with a third place.

The Flèche Wallonne 2014 consisted of two laps, one of 63 and one of 64 kilometres, starting and finishing on the infamous Mur de Huy. Though it’s only 1,300 metres long it challenged the peloton with a 9,3% average and maximum gradients up to 19%. As in all previous years the Mur would be decisive but the eleven hills before the final climb made the Flèche a hard race in total.

“The Mur has no secrets,” five-times winner Marianne Vos said before the start. “The strongest rider wins the race.” Vos returned to the peloton today after a long winter break following her cyclo cross season. “I would like a rider of our team to win and that might not be me ,” she said beforehand.

Rabo-Liv was one of the most aggressive teams in the race. In the first lap a succession of three hard climbs within ten kilometres proved to be good terrain to force the decision. After one hour of racing only 35-40 riders remained in contention, including five of the six Rabo-Liv ladies.

The first group saw several riders attack. Audrey Cordon of Hitec, Liesbeth de Vocht for Lotto-Belisol Ladies and Linda Villumsen all tried their luck. The Wiggle Honda rider was the strongest attacker and managed to take 42 seconds on the chasing group. At the start of the final climb of the Mur de Huy she had 35 seconds but it was not enough for the rider from New Zealand.

Former winner Evelyn Stevens launched an attack at 300 metres from the finish but the Specialized-lululemon rider couldn’t finish the job. World Cup leader Armitstead closed the gap with Ferrand Prevot sitting on her wheel. When the former Junior World Champion accelerated Armitstead could not overtake. Longo Borghini rode past Stevens to take third place.

After four of the nine World Cup races Armitstead now leads with 420 points. With a victory in Ronde van Drenthe and second places in Trofeo Binda, Tour of Flanders and Flèche Wallonne she is the most consistent rider of the first half of the UCI Road Women World Cup.

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