La Flèche Wallonne Féminine

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La Flèche Wallonne Féminine
2018 Flèche Wallonne (women's race)
La Flèche Wallonne Féminine logo.svg
Race details
Date Mid April
Region Wallonia, Belgium
English name The Walloon Arrow for Women
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Women's World Tour (since 2016)
Type One-day race
Organiser Amaury Sport Organisation
History
First edition 1998 (1998)
Editions 21 (as of 2018)
First winner  Fabiana Luperini (ITA)
Most wins  Marianne Vos (NED) (5)
Most recent  Anna van der Breggen (NED)

La Flèche Wallonne Féminine is a professional women's bicycle road race held each year in Wallonia, Belgium, in April. It is part of the UCI Women's World Tour, cycling's season-long competition of top-tier races, in which it is the third-oldest single-day event after the Trofeo Alfredo Binda in Italy and the Emakumeen Euskal Bira in the Basque Country. The event is raced on the same day as La Flèche Wallonne for men.

The race was inaugurated by Tour de France organizers ASO in 1998 and quickly became a road race classic. From 1999 onwards, the women's Flèche Wallonne was a UCI Women's Road Cycling World Cup event. In 2016, the race became part of the new UCI Women's World Tour.

The Flèche Wallonne Féminine is held in conjunction with the men's race, on much of the same roads but at a shorter distance. Likewise, the race always finishes on the steep Mur de Huy. Dutch rider Marianne Vos holds the record with five wins between 2007 and 2013.[1] Fellow Dutch Anna van der Breggen won her fourth consecutive Flèche Wallonne in 2018.[2]

Winners[edit]

Year First Second Third
1998  Fabiana Luperini (ITA)  Pia Sundstedt (FIN)  Catherine Marsal (FRA)
1999  Hanka Kupfernagel (GER)  Edita Pučinskaitė (LTU)  Cindy Pieters (BEL)
2000  Geneviève Jeanson (CAN)  Pia Sundstedt (FIN)  Fany Lecourtois (FRA)
2001  Fabiana Luperini (ITA)  Anna Millward (AUS)  Trixi Worrack (GER)
2002  Fabiana Luperini (ITA)  Lyne Bessette (CAN)  Priska Doppmann (SUI)
2003  Nicole Cooke (GBR)  Susan Palmer-Komar (CAN)  Priska Doppmann (SUI)
2004  Sonia Huguet (FRA)  Hanka Kupfernagel (GER)  Edita Pučinskaitė (LTU)
2005  Nicole Cooke (GBR)  Oenone Wood (AUS)  Judith Arndt (GER)
2006  Nicole Cooke (GBR)  Judith Arndt (GER)  Trixi Worrack (GER)
2007  Marianne Vos (NED)  Nicole Cooke (GBR)  Judith Arndt (GER)
2008  Marianne Vos (NED)  Marta Bastianelli (ITA)  Judith Arndt (GER)
2009  Marianne Vos (NED)  Emma Johansson (SWE)  Claudia Häusler (GER)
2010  Emma Pooley (GBR)  Nicole Cooke (GBR)  Emma Johansson (SWE)
2011  Marianne Vos (NED)  Emma Johansson (SWE)  Judith Arndt (GER)
2012  Evelyn Stevens (USA)  Marianne Vos (NED)  Linda Villumsen (NZL)
2013  Marianne Vos (NED)  Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA)  Ashleigh Moolman (RSA)
2014  Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (FRA)  Lizzie Armitstead (GBR)  Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA)
2015  Anna van der Breggen (NED)  Annemiek van Vleuten (NED)  Megan Guarnier (USA)
2016  Anna van der Breggen (NED)  Evelyn Stevens (USA)  Megan Guarnier (USA)
2017  Anna van der Breggen (NED)  Lizzie Deignan (GBR)  Katarzyna Niewiadoma (POL)
2018  Anna van der Breggen (NED)  Ashleigh Moolman (RSA)  Megan Guarnier (USA)

Multiple winners[edit]

Wins Rider Editions
5  Marianne Vos (NED) 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
4  Anna van der Breggen (NED) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
3  Fabiana Luperini (ITA) 1998, 2001, 2002
 Nicole Cooke (GBR) 2003, 2005, 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aubrey, Jane. "Vos wins fifth La Flèche Wallonne Féminine". Cyclingnews. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Van der Breggen wins La Fleche Wallonne Feminine". Cyclingnews. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 18 April 2018.

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