Tour of Flanders for Women
|Local name(s)||Ronde van Vlaanderen voor Vrouwen (in Dutch)|
|Competition||UCI Women's World Tour (since 2016)|
|Editions||14 (as of 2017)|
|First winner||Zoulfia Zabirova (RUS)|
|Most wins|| Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (NED)
Judith Arndt (GER)
|Most recent||Coryn Rivera (USA)|
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.
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. The final 31 km, including Kruisberg, Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg, are identical to the men's finale.
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