Women's race (with video) - Men's race (with video)
Pooley abandons, Stevens takes Fleche victory
Marianne Vos, four-time winner of this race, looked set to repeat her previous success after taking the lead on the final climbed of the infamous Muur to the finish line after a five-rider break formed with 15km to go and managed to join up with Linda Villumsen, Clara Hughes and Lucinda Brand. However, she was surprised in the last 30m by Evelyn Stevens who suddenly appeared from behind her and powered past to the line looking as though she had a rocket under her saddle - an absolutely superb win for the American rider and as good as a big tick next to her name on the Olympic selection list.
|Evelyn Stevens, now with|
Women's Top Ten
1. Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-Lululemon) 3h26'32"
2. Marianne Vos (Rabobank) +4"
3. Linda Villumsen (GreenEDGE) +20"
4. Lucinda Brand (AA Drink-Leontien.nl) +27"
5. Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Ladies-Belisol) +41"
6. Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE) ST
7. Megan Guarnier (TIBCO) +44"
8. Clara Hughes (Specialized-Lululemon) +48"
9. Emma Johansson (Hitec Products-Mistral Home) ST
10. Karol-Ann Canuel (Vienne Futurscope) +51"
Best Brit: 20. Sharon Laws (AA Drink-Leontien.nl) +1'10"
The women's race is, of course, the fourth round of the Women's Road World Cup. The standings after today look like this:
1. Marianne Vos (Rabobank) 200 pts
2. Judith Arndt (Specialized-Lululemon) 139 pts
3. Emma Johansson (Hitec Products-Mistral Home) 86 pts
4. Kirsten Wild (AA Drink-Leontien.nl) 80 pts
5. Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-Lululemon) 75 pts
6. Trixi Worrack (Specialized-Lululemon) 62 pts
7. Adrie Visser (Skil-Argos) 56 pts
8. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Rabobank) 52 pts
9. Kristin Armstrong (USA) 50 pts
10. Tatiana Guderzo (IMCipollini-Giambenini) 50 pts
La Fleche Wallonne Men
Dirk Bellemakers (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) livened up the race when he decided to launch a breakaway only an hour into the race. He took Anthony Roux (FDJ-BigMat) along with him for the ride and the pair did very well to build up a lead that surpassed seven minutes for a short while before Lotto-Belisol declared their game was up and upped the pace to reel them back in.
Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) - perhaps remembering some of the basic things a professional cyclist is supposed to do during a race after spending the season so far gazing around and apparently wondering what he was doing on a bike - launched an attack with 42km to go. Precisely what he was hoping to achieve is known only to him: we'll have to assume it was an attempt to give big brother Frank (also RadioShack) a hand, with several descents to go it certainly wasn't going to win him this race because while Andy can climb like an angel he can't descend for love, money nor the glittery kitten stickers he probably collects. Which is why he ended up taking 81st place.
(image credit: Haggisnl
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Men's Top Ten
1. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver Katusha 4h45'41"
2. Michael Albasini GreenEDGE +4"
3. Philippe Gilbert BMC ST
4. Jelle Vanendert Lotto-Belisol ST
5. Robert Kiserlovski Astana +7"
6. Daniel Martin Garmin-Barracuda +9"
7. Bauke Mollema Rabobank ST
8. Vincenzo Nibali Liquigas-Cannondale ST
9. Diego Ulissi Lampre-ISD ST
10. Jurgen Van Den Broeck Lotto-Belisol ST
Best Brit: 138. Luke Rowe (Sky) +10'17"