Girls’s Tour of Flanders – Because it occurred

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Kit Nicholson


Immediately’s podium

  • 1 Chantal van den Broek-Blaak
  • 2 Amy Pieters
  • 3 Lotte Kopecky

Ronde van Vlaanderen

Van den Broek-Blaak wins Flanders with sensible solo assault

38 MINUTES AGO

What a day for Boels-Dolmans!

Amy Pieters wins the dash for second and Anna van der Breggen celebrates behind.

Remaining metres for van den Broek-Blaak!

What a trip. Massive celebration for Chantal van den Broek-Blaak!

Struggle for second.

They don’t wish to await Kopecky to win the dash for second.

Flamme Rouge!

She will be able to begin planning her celebration with over a minute in hand!

2km to go – house straight

Van den Broek-Blaak has a niche of 1’10”.

Exhausting to observe

It’s assault after assault after assault from Annemiek van Vleuten and Grace Brown. Boels-Dolmans shut them down each…single…time.

4km to go – hole retains rising

Van den Broek-Blaak’s hole is over 50 seconds as assaults proceed within the chase behind. It’s Mitchelton-Scott in opposition to the world. In the meantime, Lotte Kopecky is hovering across the again of the group, content material to attend for the dash for podium locations.

5.5km to go – AvV goes once more

They maintain attacking one another however the hole retains rising.

Boels-Dolmans are taking part in a blinder!

Textbook stuff from Boels-Dolmans, with one rider out entrance and two marking their rivals behind. Van den Broek-Blaak has 35” now. It’s wanting good.

7.5km to go

Grace Brown is subsequent to assault however Amy Pieters sits on her wheel.

Assault from the again!

Annemiek van Vleuten flies from the very again of the group nevertheless it involves nothing.

8km to go

Chantal van den Broek-Blaak has about 20” over the chasers.

Dilemma within the chase

There are two Mitchelton-Scott riders in there and loads of different pre-race favourites, however Lotte Kopecky is an issue for all of them. Nobody desires to dash in opposition to the Belgian nationwide champion and Boels-Dolmans refuse to work with their teammate going solo.

10km to go – good hole?

Our chief appears to have an excellent benefit however can she keep away?

11km to go – onerous chase

Poor Grace Brown can not race incognito. She accelerates however they’re not going to let her go.

The climbing is over

And breathe. Van den Broek-Blaak continues to be on their lonesome.

Cecilie Uttrup-Ludwig doesn’t wish to wait any longer. She accelerates excessive of van der Breggen.

14km – oof, that’s steep!

Longo-Borgini (Trek-Segafredo) involves the entrance

15km to go!

Van den Broek-Blaak is first to hit the Paterberg. About ten seconds later, van Vleuten leads the chasing group onto the cobbles earlier than going off-road barely, however the European champion stays upright.

17km to go – again on tarmac

Van den Broek-Blaak continues to be main the best way because the race heads for the Paterberg. Ten huge names are chasing onerous. Or moderately, they’re making Annemiek van Vleuten chase onerous, all on her personal. She’s marked by two Boels-Dolmans riders.

Assault!

Chantal van den Broek-Blaak just isn’t hanging about!

Demi Vollering is attempting to shut the hole, subsequent in line are van Vleuten, Brennauer and van der Breggen… Lotte Kopecky and Grace Brown are nonetheless there.

18km to go – fierce combat

Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-Scott) is subsequent to lose the wheel, however the group is staying collectively fairly effectively on the climb.

19km to go – Oude Kwaremont

Lisa Brennauer on the entrance as they hit the cobbles as Jolien D’Hoore (Boels-Dolmans) drops off the again.

21km to go – a lot of huge names

Van der Breggen takes to the entrance once more as everybody takes a breath.

Nonetheless right here: Van der Breggen, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, Annemiek van Vleuten, Grace Brown, Cecilie Uttrup-Ludwig, Amy Pieters, Demi Vollering, Floortje Mackaij, Elisa Longo Borgini, Lotte Kopecky, Lauren Stephens, Lisa Brennauer…

Brown tries a Grace Brown.

Grace Brown tried to reap the benefits of a little bit of a stall by attacking from the again however she was closed down fairly fast. Time for a gel…

24km to go – again collectively

Lotte Kopecky, within the Belgian nationwide champion’s jersey, involves the entrance of what seems to be like a cumbersome group.

Bit odd…

The 2 champions have neutralised one another and waited for the group behind.

Stalemate!

They’re one another. Anna van der Breggen received’t come by way of and so they’re not speaking! They’re smiling although…

25km to – contact made

2020 World Champion catches 2019 World Champion!

26km to go – hole closing slowly

Anna van der Breggen appears to be closing in on her compatriot. The small group behind has a bit extra work to do.

27km to go – Van Vleuten comes out of hiding!

Annemiek van Vleuten accelerates onerous and so they’re struggling to carry onto her coattails…

Catch coming

An elite group is bearing down on the 2 leaders.

28km to go – assault!

Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) assaults excessive of the climb, forcing a range.

29km to go – extra cobbles

The leaders are onto the Oudestraat with 42 seconds over the peloton.

Hiding in plain sight

There are many particular jerseys within the peloton, together with the World Champion Anna van der Breggen, Girls’s WorldTour chief Lizzie Deignan, German nationwide champ, Lisa Brennauer, and, notably effectively hidden up to now, Annemiek van Vleuten within the stars and blue stripes of European champion.

34km to go – small hole

Two leaders have a 30 second hole as Rivera accelerates, stringing out the peloton and catching Franz who drops straight by way of the group and out the again. It’s been an enormous day trip for the debutante.

Rally Biking’s Heidi Franz, from the sooner breakaway, is chasing the attackers.

36km to go – Two off the entrance

Riejanne Markus (CCC-Liv) and Alena Amialiusuk (Canyon SRAM) are our leaders.

37km to go – Van der Breggen again in management

Boels-Dolmans are on the entrance once more. Simply as CCC-Liv goes on the assault…

39km to go – Vollering wanting good

The on-form Demi Vollering is de facto pushing it on the entrance of the peloton.

40km to go – Taaienberg!

The breakaway are swallowed up as Sunweb takes to the entrance on the cobbled climb.

45km to go – World Champion driving the tempo

Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) has come to the entrance to raise the tempo because the gradient will increase, dropping riders off the again.

Demi Vollering (Parkhotel-Valkenberg), Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) and Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT) are attentive in the direction of the sharp finish of the peloton.

49km to go – beware bollards!

A Movistar rider takes out a Parkhotel-Valkenberg staffer as Franziska Koch (Sunweb) hits a inexperienced bollard very onerous.

50km – it seems to be chilly…

The 5 riders up the highway have 1’27” over the peloton as rain begins to fall.

51km to go – chasers caught

Sunweb have proven their intent however the peloton is having none of it, for now…

‘I LOVE this race!’: Ceclie Uttrup Ludvig excited to trip Tour of Flanders and anticipating onerous racing

61km to go – Lippert will get firm

Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) and Lisa Faulkner (Tibco-SVB) be a part of Lippert within the chase with the peloton not far behind. It’s an intriguing transfer for Sunweb, chasing onerous with earlier winner Rivera.

64km to go – Lippert launches

Brennauer and Jackson are again within the peloton and the hole is right down to 1’40” as Liane Lipppert (Sunweb) has a dig off the entrance.

‘The extra aggressive the higher’ – Deignan hopeful of onerous racing in Tour of Flanders

81km to go – counter-attack!

Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT) and Alison Jackson (Sunweb) have attacked from the peloton. They’re a harmful duo…

Earlier within the race…

A crash introduced down a number of riders within the impartial zone, however solely technical help was required earlier than the flag dropped.

A gaggle of seven acquired up the highway early – Teuntje Beekhuis (Lotto Soudal), Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Movistar), Alice Sharpe (Ciclotel), Mieke Kroeger (Hitec Merchandise), Heidi Franz (Rally Biking), Ariadna Trias (Massi Tactic) and Emily Newsom (Tibco-SVB). The tempo was excessive and the terrain tough so the break was down to 5 (with out Sharpe and Trias) by the primary climb of the Katteberg, with a niche of round 3 minutes.

Van Vleuten recharged and able to assault at Tour of Flanders regardless of nonetheless having fractured wrist

Just a few non-starters

The race acquired going with out defending champion Marta Bastianelli, whose crew was considered one of 4 to tug out. Ale BTC Ljubljana didn’t race final weekend’s Gent-Wevelgem attributable to a constructive COVID-19 check, forcing the squad into quarantine, and each the Astana Girls’s Staff and Chevalmiere have additionally withdrawn with virus issues. Equipe Paule Ka didn’t line up after the devastating information that the crew will fold attributable to lack of sponsor funds.

One other key non-starter is Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv), giving the rationale that she’s not feeling 100%.

Good afternoon!

Welcome to the stay weblog for the cobbletastic girls’s Tour of Flanders!

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