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April 18/12 12:30 pm - Fleche Wallonne Women, Hughes 8th

Posted by Editoress on 04/18/12

Stevens Deprives Vos of Fith Title

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28-year old American Evelyne Stevens (Team Specialized lululemon) has won the fifteenth edition of the women’s Flèche Wallonne. She caused a sensation on the last metres of the Mur de Huy, by beating Marianne Vos, four times winner of the event and leader in the women’s World Cup.



Evelyne Stevens (Team Specialized lululemon)wins


It was under grey skies and in cool temperatures that the start of the fifteenth edition of the women’s Flèche Wallonne took place in Huy, at 11.30 AM for its 157 competitors, representing 26 nations spread over 27 teams. The first few kilometres were marked by attempted breakaways, but the pack remained grouped and advanced at a regular speed: 36.5 kilometres were covered during the first hour.

The race sprang to life on the climb up the Côte de Peu d’Eau slope (after 39 km), where Italian Valentina Scandolara (ITA) hit the front with a ten second lead over Tiffany Cromwell (GreenEDGE - AIS) and the rest of the pack. After the pack caught up on the descent, it was then the turn of Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE - AIS) to go on the attack. The Australian managed to open up a gap, with a lead of 2’40’’ over the pack at the summit of the Côte de Groynne slope (after 69.5 km).

The runaway rider was finally reined in on the first climb up the Mur de Huy (after 92 km), by a pack that was by then only made up of around fifty riders. It was at this moment that Linda Villumsen (GreenEDGE - AIS), Lucinda Brand (AA and Clara Hughes (Team Specialized lululemon) decided to take the initiative. At the top of the Côte d’Amay slope (after 108 km), the three breakaway competitors boasted a lead of 50 seconds. On the climb up the Côte de Bouillet slope (after 114 km), Dutchman Marianne Vos (Stichting Rabo Women), four times winner of the event, and American Evelyne Stevens (Team Specialized lululemon), set off in pursuit of the leading group.



Clara Hughes (Specialized - lululemon) at the front


They caught up with them seven kilometres from the finish, forming a group of five riders who tackled the final climb up the Mur de Huy together, with a lead of almost one minute over the rest of the pack. Marianne Vos attacked hard at the beginning of the ascent up the Mur de Huy, putting her rivals in difficulty. She lead all the way up the climb before ‘hitting a wall’ in the last few metres, enabling Evelyn Stevens to win the 2012 edition of the Flèche Wallonne. Linda Villumsen completed the podium. Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE - AIS), the recent winner of the Tour of Flanders, finished sixth.

ASO press release


Huy to Huy, 123.0 km)
1 Evelyn Stevens (Team Specialized lululemon) 3:26:32
2 Marianne Vos (Stichting Rabo Women) at 0:04
3 Linda Villumsen (GreenEDGE - AIS) 0:20
4 Lucinda Brand (AA 0:27
5 Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies) 0:41
6 Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE - AIS) s.t.
7 Megan Guarnier (TIBCO-To The Top) 0:44
8 Clara Hughes (Team Specialized lululemon) 0:48
9 Emma Johansson (Hitec Products-Mistral Home) 0:48
10 Karol-Ann Canuel (Vienne Futuroscope) 0:51
11 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Stichting Rabo Women) s.t.
12 Anna Van Der Breggen (Sengers Ladies Cycling Team) 0:55
13 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Stichting Rabo Women)  
14 Amber Neben (Team Specialized lululemon) both s.t.
15 Rossella Ratto (Italian National Team) 1:00
16 Alena Amialiusik (Be Pink) s.t.
17 Hanka Kupfernagel (RusVelo) 1:06
18 Tiffany Cromwell (GreenEDGE - AIS) s.t.
19 Rasa Lelivyte (Vaiano Tepso) 1:10
20 Sharon Laws (AA  
21 Joanne Hogan (Bizkaia-Durango)  
22 Julie Beveridge (Vienne Futuroscope) all s.t.
23 Trixi Worrack (Team Specialized lululemon) 1:17
24 Amélie Rivat (Vienne Futuroscope) 1:20
25 Christine Majerus (Team GSD Gestion)  
26 Aude Biannic (French National Team) both s.t.
27 Noemi Cantele (Be Pink) 1:23
28 Andrea Graus (Vienne Futuroscope) 1:24
29 Tatiana Guderzo (Mcipollini Giambenini) 1:27
30 Andrea Dvorak (US National Team) 1:32
31 Adriana Visser (Skil-Argos)  
32 Carla Ryan (AA both s.t.
33 Julie Krasniak (French National Team) 1:35
34 Sylwia Kapusta (Hitec Products-Mistral Home) 1:44
35 Kristin Mcgrath (US National Team) 1:48
36 Natalia Boyarskaya (RusVelo) 1:50
37 Larisa Pankova (Russian National Team) 1:52
38 Claudia Hausler (GreenEDGE - AIS) 2:00
39 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Hitec Products-Mistral Home) 2:09
40 Manon Souyris (Vienne Futuroscope) 2:55
41 Tatiana Antoshina (Stichting Rabo Women) 3:55
42 Siobhan Horgan (Team GSD Gestion) 5:12
43 Joanna Van de Winkel (Lotto Belisol Ladies) s.t.
44 Valentina Scandolara (Italian National Team) 5:14
45 Alexia Muffat (French National Team)
46 Maaike Polspoel (Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012 ) both s.t.
47 Annelies Van Doorslaer (Kleo Ladies Team) 5:19
48 Sofie de Vuyst (Lotto Belisol Ladies) 5:21
49 Alexandra Burchenkova (Russian National Team)  
50 Patricia Schwager (Team GSD Gestion) both s.t.
51 Ine Beyen (Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012 ) 5:14
52 Pauliena Rooijakkers (Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam) 5:27
53 Elena Berlato (Italian National Team) 5:29
54 Olga Zabelinskaia (RusVelo)  
55 Edwige Pitel (French National Team)  
56 Polona Batagelj (Diadora-Pasta Zara) all s.t.
57 Valentina Carretta (Mcipollini Giambenini) 5:31
58 Anna Sanchis Chafer (Bizkaia-Durango) 5:32
59 Oxana Kozonchuk (Be Pink)  
60 Petra Dijkman (Kleo Ladies Team)  
61 Amy Pieters (Skil-Argos)  
62 Anouska Koster (Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam) all s.t.
63 Marina Likhanova (Russian National Team) 5:37
64 Lise Nöstvold (Hitec Products-Mistral Home)  
65 Mascha Pijnenborg (Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam) both s.t.
66 Mélanie Bravard (Team GSD Gestion) 5:44
67 Else Belmans (Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012 ) s.t.
68 Lieselot Decroix (Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam) 5:46
69 Nathalie Lamborelle (Kleo Ladies Team)  
70 Fabiana Luperini (Faren Honda Team) both s.t.
71 Giuseppina Grassi (Faren Honda Team) 5:53
72 Lise Olivier (Lotto Belisol Ladies) 5:53
73 Loes Gunnewijk (GreenEDGE - AIS) 5:58
74 Malgorzata Jasinska (Mcipollini Giambenini) 6:01
75 Ludivine Henrion (Lotto Belisol Ladies) 6:04
76 Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products-Mistral Home) 6:08
77 Liesbeth de Vocht (Stichting Rabo Women) s.t.
78 Roxanne Knetemann (Stichting Rabo Women) 6:19
79 Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE - AIS) 6:22
80 Giorgia Bronzini (Diadora-Pasta Zara)  
81 Alona Andruk (Diadora-Pasta Zara) both s.t.
82 Amanda Miller (TIBCO-To The Top) 6:40
83 Janel Holcomb (US National Team) s.t.
84 Ally Stacher (Team Specialized lululemon) 7:16
85 Sabrina Stultiens (Dutch National Team) s.t.
86 Geerike Schreurs (Sengers Ladies Cycling Team) 7:26
87 Lauren Hall (TIBCO-To The Top) s.t.
88 Tayler Wiles (US National Team) 7:29
89 Sophie de Boer (Dutch National Team) 7:33
90 Melodie Lesueur (French National Team) 7:35
91 Julia Martisova (Be Pink) 7:58
92 Carlee Taylor (Vienne Futuroscope) 8:08
93 Lucie Pader (Team GSD Gestion) 9:31
94 Marieke Van Wanroij (AA 9:55
95 Susanna Zorzi (Mcipollini Giambenini) 10:03
96 Elena Cecchini (Mcipollini Giambenini) 10:08
97 Eleonora Patuzzo (Be Pink) 10:09
98 Aniska Vekemans (Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012) 10:16
99 Jennifer Wheeler (TIBCO-To The Top) 10:39
100 Inge Roggeman (Sengers Ladies Cycling Team) 11:00
101 Jennifer Purcel (TIBCO-To The Top) 11:06
102 Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier German National Team () 11:11
103 Inga Cilvinaite (Diadora-Pasta Zara) 11:20
104 Emilia Fahlin (Team Specialized lululemon) 11:28
105 Julia Soek (Dutch National Team) 11:32
106 Martina Corazza (Kleo Ladies Team) 11:34
107 Sarah-Lena Hofmann (German National Team)  
108 Alessandra D'ettorre (Diadora-Pasta Zara)  
109 Monia Baccaille (Mcipollini Giambenini)  
110 Lisa Fischer (German National Team) all s.t.
111 Elena Utrobina (Faren Honda Team) 11:46
112 Aleksandra Sosenko (Vaiano Tepso) s.t.
113 Sara Mustonen (Hitec Products-Mistral Home) 11:51
114 Elena Bocharnikova (Russian National Team) 11:56
115 Katazina Sosna (Vaiano Tepso) 11:58
116 Martina Zwick (German National Team) 12:05
117 Samantha Schneider (TIBCO-To The Top) 12:08
118 Irina Molicheva (RusVelo) 12:24
119 Anastasia Chulkova (Russian National Team) 14:34
120 Karen Verhestraeten (Sengers Ladies Cycling Team) 16:02
121 Anne de Wildt (Skil-Argos) 16:05
122 Esra Tromp (Skil-Argos) 16:09
123 Myfanway Galloway (Faren Honda Team) 16:12
124 Viviana Gatto (Italian National Team) 16:25
125 Marie Lindberg (Kleo Ladies Team) s.t.
126 Alie Gercama (Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam) 16:40
127 Ruth Winder (US National Team) s.t.
128 Monique van de Ree (Skil-Argos) 16:44
DNF Magdalena de Saint Jean (French National Team)
DNF Valentina Bastianelli (Vaiano Tepso)
DNF Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Bizkaia-Durango)
DNF Urte Juodvalkyte (Vaiano Tepso)
DNF Henriette Woering (Dutch National Team)
DNF Anna Trevisi (Vaiano Tepso)
DNF Lisa Küllmer (German National Team)
DNF Lisa Poller (German National Team)
DNF Aizan Zhaparova (Russian National Team)
DNF Josien Van Wingerden (Dutch National Team)
DNF Dorleta Eskamendi (Bizkaia-Durango)
DNF Svetlana Bubnenkova (RusVelo)
DNF Ane Santesteban (Bizkaia-Durango)
DNF Cristina Alcalde (Bizkaia-Durango)
DNF Gilke Croket (Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012)
DNF Latoya Brulee (Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012)
DNF Kaat Hannes (Lotto Belisol Ladies)
DNF Chiara Nadalutti (Faren Honda Team)
DNF Romy Kasper (RusVelo)
DNF Celine Van Severen (Sengers Ladies Cycling Team)
DNF Birgit Lavrijssen (Sengers Ladies Cycling Team)
DNF Marissa Otten (Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam)
DNF Agne Silinyte (Diadora-Pasta Zara)
DNF Evelyn Garcia (Be Pink)
DNF Kelly Markus (Skil-Argos)
DNF Jessie Daams (AA
DNF Emma Pooley (AA
DNF Evelyn Arys (Kleo Ladies Team)
DNF Nicole Cooke (Faren Honda Team)



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