CyclingThe Dutch Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) has won the seventeenth edition of the Tour of Flanders for women. Lotte Kopecky was the first compatriot on the podium after finishing third.
After a very restless start, seven riders went on an adventure with Teuntje Beekhuis, Gloria Rodriguez, Alice Sharpe, Mieke Kröger, Ariadna Trias, Heidi Franz and Emily Newsom. They took care of the early flight. Alice Sharpe had a mechanical breakdown and had to let her companions ride.
Gradually the pace was increased in the large group and a cross was drawn over this flight. However, it remained very restless, resulting in several attacks. With 35 kilometers to go, the duo Alena Amialiusik and Riejanne Markus were in the lead of the race. On the Kruisberg, their lead was 45 seconds on a thinned peloton.
In the run-up to the climb of the Oude Kwaremont, Anna van der Breggen and Annemiek van Vleuten took their chance, but that flight also fell through. A group of seventeen riders headed for the Oude Kwaremont. Chantal van den Broek-Blaak attacked after that penultimate bump. The Dutch was able to start on her own at the Paterberg and came up there with a lead of 15 seconds over her closest competitors.
Behind her they failed to really arrange the counterattack, so that Chantal van den Broek-Blaak was able to systematically expand her lead to even one minute. The Dutch did not get into trouble anymore and was able to make extensive victories.
For Van den Broek-Blaak it was the first victory in Flanders’ Finest. She succeeds the Italian Marta Bastianelli on the honors list. She did not start this year due to some corona cases within her team Alé BTC Ljubljana.
It was the Netherlands at the top of Oudenaarde, because earlier in the day Mathieu van der Poel had taken the victory with the men. In a sprint with two, the Dutch champion was slightly stronger than Wout van Aert.
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