Ferrand Prevot Wins Women's Fleche Wallonne

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04/23/2014| 0 comments
by Mark Watson
Pauline Ferrand Prévot wins La Flèche Wallonne Féminine 2014 ASO

Ferrand Prevot Wins Women's Fleche Wallonne

22-year-old Pauline Ferrand Prévot of Team Rabo-LIV earlier today won the Women’s Flèche Wallonne (La Flèche Wallonne Féminine 2014). The 2010 world road race junior champion finished the Mur de Huy climb just one second ahead of second place finisher Lizzie Armitstead of Team Boels-Dolmans with Elisa Longo Borghini crossing the finish line in third, four seconds after Prévot.

Marianne Vos, the five time winner of the event and teammate of Prévot, finished in 6th place.

The 139 riders who were lined up at the start line of the 17th Women’s Flèche Wallonne set off at 11:00 this morning under sunny skies in Huy. On the schedule was a 127 kilometer route (made up of two 63.5-km loops) and twelve climbs, including the legendary Mur de Huy (1.3 kilometer climb at a gradient of 9.3 %), at the top of which the finish line was located to offer the spectators maximum suspense.

The hostilities started early when, after 17 kilometers, Russia’s Ilinykh (Bizkaia) attacked and managed to build a lead of 55 seconds over the pack. The Russian rider, however, was soon caught, shortly after the summit of the Côte de Bellaire slope (after 31 km).

The Côte de Bohisseau (after 38.5 km) and Côte de Boussalle slopes (after 41.5 km) were climbed at a fast and grueling pace, with last year's second place finisher Longo Borghini being particularly active on both ascents and first to reach both summits.

The size of the main peloton group was reduced bit by bit and only about forty riders remained in the group when it reached Mur de Huy. The legendary and very intensive climb took its toll on the women and only 24 women remained in the group at the top of "the wall" when the riders passed it for the first time.

At this point, the leading group was made up of Moolman (1st to reach the summit of the Mur de Huy), Emma Pooley (Lotto-Belisol Ladies), Elizabeth Armistead, Ferrand-Prévot, Longo Borghini, Specialized-Lululemon's Evelyn Stevens and Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv). The pace dropped after the riders reached the refreshment point in Huy (after 64 km). This enabled 13 riders to regroup with the front riders. 40 km from the finish, the leading group totaled 35 riders with a lead of 03:40 over the rest of the pack.

Audrey Cordon (Hitec Products), a teammate of Longo Borghini and Moolman, went on the attack when the riders struggled with the Côte de Bellaire climb for the second time (after 95 km), 32 kilometers from the finish line and reached the summit with a 15 second lead on the chasing group. However, the Frenchman did not manage to build a significant gap and was caught just before the Côte de Boussalle (after 105.5 km), which Vos was first to conquer.
Lotto-Belisol's Liesbeth De Vocht chose this moment to attack, but it was in vain as the Belgian national champion was eventually caught on the climb up the Côte d’Ahin (after 116 km), 11 kilometer from the finish. With the finish line 10 kilometer away former Dane Linda Villumsen (Wiggle-Honda) burst away from the group and the time trial specialist managed to build a lead of up to 35 seconds when the riders reached the outskirts of Huy. Villumsen, however, was caught and finished 8th, behind eventual race winner Ferrand-Prevot.

2014 La Flèche Wallonne Féminine Results:
1     Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team       03:26:43
2     Elizabeth "Lizzie" Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team     0:00:01     
3     Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products     0:00:04     
4     Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized - Lululemon     0:00:07     
5     Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products     0:00:11     
6     Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team     0:00:13     
7     Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto Belisol Ladies           
8     Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda     0:00:21     
9     Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team Giant - Shimano     0:00:24     
10     Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team     0:00:28     
11     Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS     0:00:30     
12     Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team     0:00:31     
13     Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini           
14     Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team           
15     Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team     0:00:35     
16     Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Australia     0:00:42     
17     Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team     0:00:45     
18     Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team     0:00:49     
19     Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado De Mexico Faren     0:00:50     
20     Lauren Hall (USA) USA National Team     0:00:57     
21     Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team     0:00:59     
22     Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica - AIS     0:01:11     
23     Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Specialized - Lululemon     0:01:12     
24     Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies     0:01:48     
25     Lucie Pader (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope.86     0:02:27     
26     Ane Santesteban Gonzales (Spa) Ale Cipollini     0:02:29     
27     Leah Kirchmann (Can) Canada     0:02:32     
28     Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado De Mexico Faren     0:02:40     
29     Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini     0:03:29     
30     Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Rusvelo     0:03:31     
31     Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec Products     0:03:37     
32     Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team     0:03:46     
33     Valentina Carretta (Ita) Ale Cipollini     0:03:55     
34     Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon     0:04:16     
35     Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant - Shimano           
36     Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team     0:07:10     
37     Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Bigla Cycling Team     0:09:19     
38     Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team     0:09:21     
39     Sari Saarelainen (Fin) Servetto Footon     0:09:24     
40     Lauren Komanski (USA) USA National Team     0:09:25     
41     Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team     0:09:30     
42     Daniella King (GBr) Wiggle Honda           
43     Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano     0:09:32     
44     Francesca Cauz (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo           
45     Edwige Pitel (Fra) France     0:09:35     
46     Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda           
47     Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Futurumshop.Nl-Zannata     0:09:37     
48     Anouska Koster (Ned) Futurumshop.Nl-Zannata           
49     Amy Cure (Aus) Lotto Belisol Ladies           
50     Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team           
51     Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team     0:09:39     
52     Vera Koedooder (Ned) Bigla Cycling Team     0:09:45     
53     Laura Trott (GBr) Wiggle Honda           
54     Anna Ramirez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango     0:09:47     
55     Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano     0:09:48     
56     Stephanie Roorda (Can) Canada     0:09:51     
57     Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized - Lululemon           
58     Ally Stacher (USA) Specialized - Lululemon           
59     Irene San Sebastian Lasa (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango           
60     Marion Sicot (Fra) France     0:09:54     
61     Aizan Zhaparova (Rus) Rusvelo           
62     Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products     0:09:56     
63     Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Wiggle Honda           
64     Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Lointek     0:09:59     
65     Fanny Bourdon (Fra) France           
66     Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope.86           
67     Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Futurumshop.Nl-Zannata           
68     Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Rusvelo     0:10:05     
69     Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Futurumshop.Nl-Zannata           
70     Doris Schweizer (Swi) Astana Bepink Womens Team           
71     Rozanne Slik (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team     0:10:08     
72     Chiara Pierobon (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo           
73     Latoya Brulee (Bel) Futurumshop.Nl-Zannata     0:10:10     
74     Melodie Lesueur (Fra) Lointek     0:10:11     
75     Taryn Heather (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team           
76     Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team     0:10:25     
77     Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products     0:10:27     
78     Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS           
79     Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS           
80     Carlee Taylor (Aus) Orica - AIS     0:10:37     
81     Tayler Wiles (USA) Specialized - Lululemon     0:10:54     
82     Aude Biannic (Fra) Lointek     0:10:59     
83     Eugénie Duval (Fra) France     0:11:35

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