Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen nets women's Flèche Wallonne 2016 victory after late attack on Mur de Huy with Evelyn Stevens
Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) won the women’s Flèche Wallonne in Belgium on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Dutch rider fought American Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans) for the victory on the final ascent of the steep Mur de Huy climb, but rode clear towards the top to take a convincing win.
Stevens’ Boels-Dolmans team-mate and compatriot Megan Guarnier completed the podium in third place.
It’s van der Breggen’s second consecutive victory in the race, and her first major win of the year.
The three riders had been part of a group of five riders that formed in the final 10km of the 137km race after lone attacker Carmen Small (Cervelo-Bigla) had been reeled in.
Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) marked her return to top-level racing with ninth place. Danielle King (Wiggle-High5) was the top-placed British rider in 25th place. World champion and WorldTour leader Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) was 28th.
Women’s Flèche Wallonne 2016 result
1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo-Liv
2. Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels-Dolmans at 8 secs
3. Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans at 22 secs
4. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo-Liv at 23 secs
5. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle-High5 at 25 secs
6. Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM at 38 secs
7. Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle-High5 at 43 secs
8. Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-AIS at 45 secs
9. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo-Live at48 secs
10. Joland Neff (Swi) Servetto-Footon at same time
25. Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle-High5 at 1-11
28. Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels-Dolmans at 1-23