Tour of Flanders for Women

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Tour of Flanders for Women
Tour of Flanders logo.svg
Race details
Date Early April
Region Flanders, Belgium
Local name(s) Ronde van Vlaanderen voor Vrouwen (in Dutch)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Women's World Tour (since 2016)
Type One-day race
Organiser Flanders Classics
History
First edition 2004 (2004)
Editions 14 (as of 2017)
First winner  Zoulfia Zabirova (RUS)
Most wins  Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (NED)
 Judith Arndt (GER)
(2 wins)
Most recent  Coryn Rivera (USA)

The Tour of Flanders for Women (Dutch: Ronde van Vlaanderen voor Vrouwen) is the women's edition of the Tour of Flanders, an annual road bicycle racing event in Flanders, Belgium, held in April.

History[edit]

Route of the 2011 race. The last kilometers are in green.

The women’s Tour of Flanders has been held annually since 2004 on the same day as the men's race and was part of the UCI Women's Road World Cup until 2015. Since 2016, the race is included in the UCI Women's WorldTour, cycling's top-tier female elite competition.

From 2004 to 2011 the race ran over a 115 km course which followed the last 55 km of the men's race to finish in Meerbeke. Russian Zoulfia Zabirova won the inaugural edition. The 2011 edition featured three long flat cobbled sections – Paddestraat (2400m), Mater-Kerkgate (3000m) and Haaghoek (2000m) – and 10 hills, including the Molenberg, Eikenmolen, Muur-Kapelmuur and Bosberg.[1]

Dutch rider Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel and Germany's Judith Arndt hold the record with two wins. American rider Coryn Rivera won the most recent race in 2017.

Route of the 2017 race. The last 16 km are shown in green.

Route[edit]

Since 2012 the race starts and finishes in Oudenaarde. It is 153 km and has a similar finale as the men's Tour of Flanders, with many of the same hills, except for the Koppenberg. The first 80 km wind through the hills of the Zwalm region, before addressing the climbs in the Flemish Ardennes between Geraardsbergen and Oudenaarde.

In 2017 the race featured 12 climbs, including the Muur van Geraardsbergen, and five long flat cobbled sectors.[2][3] The final 31 km, including Kruisberg, Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg, are identical to the men's finale.[4]

Winners[edit]

The podium in 2014:
1) Ellen van Dijk
2) Lizzie Armitstead
3) Emma Johansson
Women's race on the Muur van Geraardsbergen in 2006.
Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2004 Russia Zoulfia Zabirova
Team Let's Go Finland
Germany Trixi Worrack
Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
Netherlands Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel
Team Farm Frites-Hartol
2005 Netherlands Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel
Buitenpoort-Flexpoint Team
Sweden Susanne Ljungskog
Buitenpoort-Flexpoint Team
Italy Monia Baccaille
Italian national team
2006 Netherlands Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel
Buitenpoort-Flexpoint Team
Austria Christiane Soeder
Univega Pro Cycling Team
Netherlands Loes Gunnewijk
Buitenpoort-Flexpoint Team
2007 United Kingdom Nicole Cooke
Raleigh–Lifeforce–Creation HB Pro Cycling Team
Kazakhstan Zoulfia Zabirova
Bigla Cycling Team
Netherlands Marianne Vos
Team DSB Bank
2008 Germany Judith Arndt
Team High Road
United States Kristin Armstrong
Cervélo–Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
Netherlands Kirsten Wild
AA-Drink Cycling Team
2009 Germany Ina-Yoko Teutenberg
Team Columbia Highroad Women
Netherlands Kirsten Wild
Cervélo Test Team
Sweden Emma Johansson
AA-Drink Cycling Team
2010 Belgium Grace Verbeke
Lotto Ladies Team
Netherlands Marianne Vos
DSB Bank - LTO
Netherlands Kirsten Wild
Cervélo Test Team
2011 Netherlands Annemiek van Vleuten
Nederland Bloeit
Russia Tatiana Antoshina
Gauss
Netherlands Marianne Vos
Nederland Bloeit
2012 Germany Judith Arndt
GreenEdge-AIS
United States Kristin Armstrong
USA National Team
Canada Joelle Numainville
Canada National Team
2013 Netherlands Marianne Vos
Rabobank Women Cycling Team
Netherlands Ellen van Dijk
Team Specialized–lululemon
Sweden Emma Johansson
Hitec Products UCK
2014 Netherlands Ellen van Dijk
Boels–Dolmans
United Kingdom Lizzie Armitstead
Boels–Dolmans
Sweden Emma Johansson
Orica-AIS
2015 Italy Elisa Longo Borghini
Wiggle–Honda
Belgium Jolien D'Hoore
Wiggle–Honda
Netherlands Anna van der Breggen
Rabo–Liv
2016 United Kingdom Lizzie Armitstead
Boels–Dolmans
Sweden Emma Johansson
Wiggle High5
Netherlands Chantal Blaak
Boels–Dolmans
2017 United States Coryn Rivera
Team Sunweb
Australia Gracie Elvin
Orica–Scott
Netherlands Chantal Blaak
Boels–Dolmans

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