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April 21/10 12:26 pm - Women's World Cup #4: Fleche Wallonne Feminine report, photos and results

Posted by Editoress on 04/21/10

Flèche Wallonne Féminine in Belgium. Julie Beveridge (Vienne Futuroscope) was Canada's top finisher in 31st


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Emma Pooley (GBR) won a remarkable victory today at the La Fléche Wallonne Féminine in Belgium. She scored a decisive victory, with an eight second gap, over three-time winner Nicole Cooke (GBR- Great Britain) and Emma Johansson (SWE- Redsun Cycling Team) who finished in third. This is Emma Pooley's first big win of 2010 following a series of high-profile victories in 2009 including the Grande Boucle, the women's Tour de France. La Fléche Wallonne Féminine is the fourth round of the nine-round UCI Women's World Cup road race series. The win moves Pooley into fourth in the World Cup standings.

"I have to say I have never gotten to the end of a race having done so little work," said Emma Pooley, elated over her win. “I have the most awesome team behind me. I didn't have to do anything at all. We had a really good team any of them could have won today. We have really good climbers they did absolutely everything. On the first climb at the Mur de Huy we had four girls in the front group. I wouldn’t have won on the Mur if the riders on the other teams hadn’t been so tired from taking down the other girls. Basically it was them who won the race. All I had to do was the last kilometre it was really easy (laughs). I attacked a little early on the really steep part, the ‘s’ bend. I was supposed to wait for the team but attacked a little earlier because I was really impatient and a bit nervous that I might fall off my bike in all the excitement! So I went a bit early, and I had a gap but you never know on the Mur whether someone comes back at the end. It's only three hundred metres from there but it feels like miles. "I had to take advantage of the steep section because my power is rubbish, it's only my strength to weight that is okay. Of course you can't do that unless you get to the end fresh. I can never usually do that because I waste a lot of energy, but today I had my team protecting me. It was like being baby sat the whole way. Last year I said I’ve never win a World Cup again and said the same thing this year. But this is not any World Cup it has a lot of tradition. It’s a big race and my coach told me, he thought one day I’d win it and I said no, I could never win this race. But it’s not me who won it. It’s the team. We had Claudia Häusler (GER) as the captain on the road. She was making the decisions, very calm, she knows what she’s doing and another time she’ll win it too, maybe next year.”

“We had a team meeting last night and set our goals. In the first lap of 80 kilometres, entering the Mur for the first time, our riders would not do too much,” explained Egon van Kessel, sport director. “I told them if one or two riders attack, we don’t care, don’t attack it is not a problem for us if that happens. On the second ascent, I think Emma was already the first on the top. Just after Emma, Regina made an attack, that was also a little bit calculated between Regina and myself, putting a lot of pressure on the other teams and that was a big advantage for our team. So with fifteen riders we entered the last climb of the Mur where we said Emma could attack, as it was the best place, just before the steep part of the climb. As you know she won which was really great. For us, the winning of La Fléche Wallonne was a big goal. These two races - Flanders for the women and La Fléche Wallonne they are really top ranked. If you win one or both of these, that is something. We were close at Flanders and now today, we’ve done a good job. It’s not easy to win, even though we have a strong team. Also beating Vos on her own mountain, the Mur is the Vos mountain, that is a very strong performance I think.”


Cervelo TestTeam report


After 109 km
1 Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team ) 3:01:27
2 Nicole Cooke (British National Team) at 0:08
3 Emma Johansson (Redsun Cycling Team) s.t.
4 Grace Verbeke (Lotto Ladies Team) 0:12
5 Evelyn Stevens (HTC Columbia Women) 0:17
6 Marianne Vos (Nederland Bloeit) 0:22
7 Tatiana Guderzo (Team Valdarno) s.t.
8 Elena Berlato (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi) 0:27
9 Judith Arndt (HTC Columbia Women) 0:40
10 Eleonora Patuzzo (Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan) 0:42
11 Sharon Laws (Cervelo Test Team) 0:44
12 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Nederland Bloeit) 0:47
13 Regina Bruins (Cervelo Test Team) 0:58
14 Claudia Hausler (Cervelo Test Team) 1:04
15 Noemi Cantele (HTC Columbia Women) 1:23
16 Olena Olinyk (ACS Chirio - Forno D'asolo) s.t.
17 Lieselot Decroix (Cervelo Test Team) 1:28
18 Edwige Pitel (S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox) 1:31
19 Eugenie Mermillod (ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion) s.t.
20 Valentina Carretta (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi) 1:34
21 Sylwia Kapusta (Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan)
22 Loes Gunnewijk (Nederland Bloeit)
23 Carla Ryan (Cervelo Test Team)
24 Martine Bras (Gauss RDZ Ormu) all s.t.
25 Ludivine Henrion (Redsun Cycling Team) 1:39
26 Jessie Daams (Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson) 1:41
27 Marijn De Vries (Leontien.Nl) 1:43
28 Andrea Bosman (Leontien.Nl)
29 Marta Vilajosana Andreu (Team Valdarno)
30 Irina Molicheva (Fenixs - Petrogradets)
31 Julie Beveridge (Vienne Futuroscope)
32 Trixi Worrack (Noris Cycling) all s.t.
33 Tiffany Cromwell (Australian National Team) 1:48
34 Bianca Purath (Noris Cycling) 1:51
35 Denise Ramsden (Canadian National Team) 1:52
36 Chantal Blaak (Leontien.Nl) 1:54
37 Christine Majerus (ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion) s.t.
38 Rachel Neylan (Australian National Team) 1:59
39 Julia Martisova (Gauss RDZ Ormu) s.t.
40 Rasa Leleivyte (Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan) 2:04
41 Liesbet De Vocht (Nederland Bloeit) 2:07
42 Katie Colclough (British National Team) 2:20
43 Petra Dijkman (Redsun Cycling Team) 2:23
44 Joanne Kiesanowski (Tibco-To The Top) 2:25
45 Monia Baccaille (Team Valdarno) 2:40
46 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Vienne Futuroscope) 2:52
47 Erika Vilunaite (Fenixs - Petrogradets) 3:55
48 Sjoujke Dufoer (Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson) 4:38
49 Luise Keller (HTC Columbia Women) 4:49
50 Froydis Waersted (Hitec Products Uck) 4:51
51 Linda Villumsen (HTC Columbia Women) 4:56
52 Larisa Pankova (Russian National Team) 4:58
53 Annelies Van Doorslaer (Lotto Ladies Team) 5:01
54 Marlijn Binnendijk (Leontien.Nl)
55 Oxana Kozonchuk (Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan)
56 Karin Aune (Fenixs - Petrogradets) all s.t.
57 Marina Romoli (Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan) 5:05
58 Devon Haskell (Tibco-To The Top) 5:11
59 Latoya Brulee (Redsun Cycling Team)
60 Roxanne Knetemann (Dutch National Team)
61 Yulia Blindyuk (Russian National Team)
62 Catherine Delfosse (Lotto Ladies Team)
63 Emma Silversides (Redsun Cycling Team)
64 Anna Potokina (Russian National Team) all s.t.
65 Jacqueline Hahn (Hitec Products Uck) 5:15
66 Uenia Fernandes Da Souza (ACS Chirio - Forno D'asolo)
67 Sylvie Riedle (French National Team) both s.t.
68 Silvia Valsecchi (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi) 5:18
69 Emma Mackie (Tibco-To The Top)
70 Kim Schoonbaert (Lotto Ladies Team)
71 Julie Krasniak (French National Team)
72 Emilie Blanquefort (French National Team)
73 Alexis Rhodes (Australian National Team)
74 Melodie Lesueur (ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion) all s.t.
75 Lucy Martin (British National Team) 5:22
76 Anne De Wildt (Leontien.Nl)
77 Giada Borgato (Gauss RDZ Ormu)
78 Mélanie Bravard (ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion)
79 Veronica Andreasson (Lotto Ladies Team) all s.t.
80 Sigrid Corneo (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi) 5:26
81 Noortje Tabak (Nederland Bloeit) s.t.
82 Heather Logan (Canadian National Team) 5:31
83 Kimberly Anderson (HTC Columbia Women)
84 Marlen Johrend (Noris Cycling)
85 Alona Andruk (Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan)
86 Corine Hierckens (Fenixs - Petrogradets)
87 Amélie Rivat (French National Team)
88 Tetiana Riabchenko (ACS Chirio - Forno D'asolo)
89 Emma Trott (British National Team) all s.t.
90 Daphny Van Den Brand (Dutch National Team) 5:36
91 Moriah Mac Gregor (Canadian National Team)
92 Emmanuelle Merlot (Vienne Futuroscope)
93 Madeleine Sandig (Noris Cycling)
94 Gloria Presti (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi)
95 Anna Evseeva (Russian National Team)
96 Laura Bozzolo (Team Valdarno)
97 Stephanie Pohl (Noris Cycling)
98 Josien Van Wingerden (Leontien.Nl) all s.t.
99 Lauren Kitchen (Australian National Team) 5:42
100 Brooke Miller (Tibco-To The Top) 5:55
101 Edita Unguryte (ACS Chirio - Forno D'asolo) 6:02
102 Margot Ortega (French National Team) 6:19
103 Martina Ruzickova (S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox) 7:10
DNF Joanie Caron (Canadian National Team)
DNF Amy Deardon (Canadian National Team)
DNF Leah Kirchmann (Canadian National Team)


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