The Taaienberg is in simply two kilometres. We will anticipate a really wide selection to be made on this climb.
Newsom is again with the main group however their days are numbered up entrance. They’re trying over their shoulders and so they can virtually see the peloton arising th street behind them. The hole is simply 22 seconds now.
There are 4 Boels Dolmans rider as much as the entrance with Lisa Brennauer sitting in the midst of their practice. It is nonetheless Van der Breggen placing in an enormous flip and she or he’s strung the peloton out in a single lengthy line.
This can be a powerful tempo that Van der Breggen is setting and loads of riders are being distanced off the again.
Anna van der Breggen setting the tempo on the peloton now. Is she planning one thing or is she working for an additional teammate? It is not the primary time she’s been on the entrance right now.
I’m just a little suspicious of the time examine for the time being, it appears to be everywhere. I might depend that 28 seconds out. It is most likely nearer to a couple of minute.
45km to go
The leaders are onto the Kanarieberg and Newsom has a mechanical downside. She’s going to have fairly the chase to get again on. The hole to the peloton is now simply 28 seconds.
Now the riders are by way of the feed zone, the tempo within the peloton has noticeably gone up. There are a number of trains on the entrance, together with a CCC-Liv one and Boels Dolmans.
There was a crash within the feed zone. It appears to be like like a contact of wheels as riders choose up some refreshments within the feedzone. In the meantime, Koch from Sunweb has hit an unmarked bollard on the facet of the street. It actually ought to have had one thing to point it was there. She appears to be like a bit winded however okay.
We’re now again to having two teams on the street. The 5 leaders have 1:38 on the Boels Dolmans-led peloton.
Rain has began to fall on the riders. Lippert and Rivera have been caught by the bunch, Faulkner is about to be reeled in.
Rivera does not have to hold this hole the entire strategy to the end, but when she will maintain on so long as doable it makes it more likely that she will grasp in when the race actually blows aside.
53km to go
The chase from the peloton has slowed on this flatter part with Majerus now setting the tempo. The 5 leaders have 1:39 on the bunch, with the three chasers nonetheless about 1 minute behind.
It is getting fairly darkish now as gray clouds loom over the peloton. Amalie Dideriksen strikes as much as the entrance of the peloton and has a little bit of a wobble on her bike as she does so. She stays upright, although.
Now that the Valkenberg has been dispatched with, there’s a small lull within the climbs and the leaders will quickly be passing by way of the feed zone. The following climb up with the Kanarieberg and the Taaienberg will comply with that.
Van Vleuten appears to be like able to pounce as she sits in second wheel for the time being, simply forward of Deignan. Demi Vollering is correct up there too.
Trek-Segafredo takes to the entrance of the bunch because the peloton reaches the Valkenberg. I can see the rainbow stripes of Van der Breggen nonetheless very close to the entrance.
The leaders are onto the Valkenberg now. They’ve 1:08 on the three chasers and a pair of:01 on the peloton.
It is an attention-grabbing transfer from the Sunweb workforce to go to date out. Realistically, Rivera wants a little bit of a bonus over the higher climbers if she desires to be within the combine within the end. She’s an honest climber herself, however she’s no match for Van der Breggen and Van Vleuten once they’re at full tilt.
61km to go
The three chasers have a really slim margin on the peloton. The leaders at the moment are 1:28 up the street.
Rivera and Falkner have bridged as much as Lippert. In the meantime, Anna van der Breggen is main the chase within the peloton behind.
64km to go
The hole to the 5 escapees is coming down in a short time now. Brennauer and Jackson have been caught and the 5 up entrance now simply have 1:40. Now Lippert has a dig off the entrance.
Whereas the ladies’s race is ramping up, we have simply seen a really thrilling finale within the males’s occasion. I will not spoil it for you however you’ll find out what occurred right here.
Jakson and Brennauer have simply 10 seconds on the peloton, the 5 leaders are nonetheless 1:57 up the street as they hit the Haaghoek stretch of cobbles.
Subsequent up on the menu is the Haaghoek cobbles and the Leberg climb.
Brennauer and Jackson have a small benefit on the peloton over the Varent. The 5 leaders have 1:55 because the tempo picks up.
81km to go
A counter assault coming from Lisa Brennauer and Alison Jackson because the hole to the escapees drops beneath three minutes once more. This can be a very sturdy transfer.
There was one other crash within the bunch and 5 riders have come down. Once more, no phrase from race radio on the names concerned within the incident.
The leaders are working rather well collectively for the time being and after shedding a while to the peloton shortly earlier than the climbs, they’re sustaining their benefit nicely for the time being. Nevertheless, it feels very very like the calm earlier than the storm.
After the Holleweg, the riders will tackle the second climb of the day the Edelare.
Onto the Holleweg cobbles now and the hole to the 5 leaders has elevated once more to three:11.
Because the leaders attain the Katterberg, there are reviews of a crash. It is not but clear who has been concerned.
Over within the males’s race, it is into the ultimate 18km. World Champion Alaphilippe was within the main group when he clipped a race motorcycle and crashed closely. You possibly can learn extra about what occurred right here.
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The riders are nonetheless a tad over 10km away from the primary climb of the day, the Katteberg. As soon as they hit that climb, it is going to be a relentless up and down all the way in which again into Oudenaard. Along with the 11 climbs, there are two extra flat cobbled sections to deal with.
95km to go
Make that 1:50 now. The peloton, led by Sunweb, is winding up the tempo.
The leaders are on the Paddestraat now and the hole is coming down. After having shut to a few minutes it has been diminished to 2:25.
Liane Lippert spoke to the UCI social media workforce forward of the race. That is what she needed to say:
“I feel on the whole we now have a extremely sturdy workforce and we now have extra playing cards to play. The parcours has modified a bit so it makes it a bit simpler for the break for the Kanarieberg.
“The most recent second [for the race to explode] is the Kwaremont for certain however we are going to attempt to get forward earlier than that second so we’re there with one of the best at that second.”
The leaders at the moment are onto the primary cobbled stretch of the Lippenhovestraat and have a three-minute benefit over the peloton. A reminder of who’s up entrance for the time being: Teuntje Beekhuis (Lotto), Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Movistar), Mieke Kröger (Hitec Merchandise), Heidi Franz (Rally) and Emily Newsom (Tibco).
I discussed Jolien D’hoore as somebody who may be capable of give Belgium simply their second ever De Ronde victory. One other house favorite that’s on kind for the time being is Lotte Kopecky. The Belgian champion completed second to D’hoore at Gent-Wevelgem final weekend.
Mieke Kroeger is little question the strongest rider on this main group. She has an enormous pedigree however it’s going to be a battle to maintain this breakaway up entrance after we attain the climbs and the massive favourites begin to make their strikes.
I am listening to that Sharpe received a puncture, which prompted her to lose contact with the main group. Now with 5 riders remaining, their pushing on onerous and have a 2:37 hole over the peloton behind. The primary cobbles are virtually upon us!
The tempo is taking prisoners and Sharpe has now been dropped from this main group, making it a five-woman break. Sharpe is using simply her second yr at UCI degree and received a really late name as much as the race.
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Trias Jordan has been dropped from the group of seven up entrance, making it simply six riders. The hole goes up additional and is now at about 1:45.
The hole continues to develop and is now at 1:25 over the peloton. I’ve some names now too! The seven up entrance are Teuntje Beekhuis (Lotto), Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Movistar), Alice Sharp (Ciclotell), Mieke Kröger (Hitec Merchandise), Heidi Franz (Rally),
Ariadna Trias Jordan (Massi Tactic) and Emily Newsom (Tibco).
The hole has now elevated to 47 seconds. I even have the title of one other member of the group, Irish rider Alice Sharpe. At this price, I might need the total record of riders by the top of the race.
The seven-rider group has a slim 35-second benefit on the peloton. I am nonetheless ready for a full record of names however I can let you know that Mieke Kroeger one among them.
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The peloton is quick approaching the primary cobbled sections of the day. The Lippenhovestraat and the Paddestraat will come after 34.9km and 36.4km of racing.
120km to go
The assaults are nonetheless coming thick and quick and a seven-rider group has now tried to stand up the street.
Belgium has gained this race simply as soon as in its historical past with Grace Verbeke taking the victory in 2010. This yr, the house nation stands an opportunity of constructing it to the highest step for the primary time in a decade with Jolien D’hoore on nice kind for the time being. She should do her greatest to carry onto the assaults as a result of not one of the peloton will wish to take her to the road. Her teammate Van der Breggen might be a more likely contender for the win this afternoon, nevertheless.
It has been a busy begin to the stage and 10 kilometres have already been ridden. No assaults have been profitable simply but and it’s all collectively for the peloton for now.
There was a crash within the impartial zone with a number of riders caught up and needing technical help afterwards. It seems that everyone seems to be okay, fortunately, and the race has been allowed to start.
Annemiek van Vleuten spoke Sporza forward of the race. She instructed them that she’s nonetheless feeling the consequences of her Giro Rosa crash final month.
“I nonetheless have ache in my wrist. After Liege I had observed that my degree had dropped considerably. Then we added a coaching camp to be nearly as good as doable right here right now. I gained right here in 2013 and that was the actual begin of my profession. At the moment I’m nonetheless standing right here with the identical feeling.”
Even with out Vos and Bastianelli within the peloton right now, there are some very huge contenders in search of the win. Trek-Sgeafredo has three former winners of their line-up in Ellen van Dijk, Lizzie Deignan and Elisa Longo Borghini. Different former winners using right now are Annemiek van Vleuten, Anna van der Breggen and Coryn Rivera.
Earlier than the racing will get going, if you wish to learn up on what to anticipate right now then my colleague Kirsten Frattini has put collectively a terrific preview, which you’ll be able to learn right here.
The riders have rolled out and are making their means by way of the nine-kilometre impartial zone.
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CCC-Liv might be on the race however they are going to be with out one of many pre-race favourites in Marianne Vos. The workforce mentioned that Vos was “not match sufficient” to race this weekend however didn’t eleborate additional on it. The nonetheless have Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Sofia Bertizzolo however they are going to miss Vos right now. Learn extra about it right here.
Simply 20 groups are confirmed for right now’s race after 4 pulled out. The most important information was that Marta Bastianelli will not be capable of defend her title. Ale BTC Ljubljana couldn’t get to Belgium on time after needing to quarentine following a optimistic coronavirus check inside the workforce. In the meantime, Equipe Paule Ka additionally pulled out on account of their title sponsor failing to pay the workforce for a number of months. You possibly can learn extra about it right here.
This yr’s race is barely shorter than common and there’s no Muur van Garaardsbergen however the peloton nonetheless has 11 hellingen to deal with. The primary of these will come up after 51km of racing.
It is a very quiet affair because the organisers have executed their greatest to influence individuals to observe the race from house. Provided that it has began to rain, I am certain many might be completely happy to be inside an heat as they watch.
We’re about 20 minutes away from the beginning of the race. The ladies’s and males’s races have been switched round for this yr, which means the ladies had just a little longer in mattress this morning earlier than having to journey to the beginning.
Howdy and welcome to dwell protection of the 2020 girls’s Tour of Flanders.