Men's and Women's race footage and results further downWomen
|Judith Arndt wins the Ronde for a|
second time, her first having been
four years ago - and has now equalled
Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel's record
(image credit: James F. Perry CC BY-SA 3.0)
Hitec Products-Mistral Home's Emma Johansson on the Ronde: click here.
Vos retains her lead in the World Cup rankings with 150 points compared to Arndt's 115.
1. Judith Arndt (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS, 3:19:05
2. Kristin Armstrong (USA) USA, + 00:02
3. Joëlle Numainville (Can) Canada, + 00:30
4. Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl, s.t.
5. Adrie Visser (Ned) Skil-Argos, s.t.
6. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Specialiazed-lululemon, s.t.
7. Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) GreenEdge-AIS s.t
8. Christine Majerus (Lux) GSD Gestion, s.t.
9. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Sengers, s.t.
10. Alena Amialysik Be Pink, s.t. (full results)
|Cancellara at last year's Ronde|
(image credit: kei-ai CC BY 2.0)
Alessandro Ballan begin building up a respectable lead as the race embarked upon the selection zone over the final climbs - which also threw Boonen and Pozzato into a panic. The two gave chase, capturing him soon afterwards as significant gaps began opening up in the field. A group of around 13 riders led by Chavanel raised the pace in an attempt to capture the trio as the reached 15km to go, with Luca Paolini speeding off alone and reducing the gap by half within minutes. As they climbed Paterberg for the thrid time, an unexpected sight - Boonen looked to be cracking. Pozzato looked the strongest man once the hills were over and done and the chase group caught Paolini, who had expended too much energy.
It was notable earlier in the race that, when Peter Sagan dropped back to visit the team car (with an apparent mechanical problem - though some pointed out that the bidon handed to him seemed a bit sticky), nobody from the team seemed to be ordered to help him back up. 25" behind the leaders with 10km to go, his chances seemed to be well and truly over.
|Tom Boonen scores another victory in|
what has already been an amazing
season for his Omega Pharma-
(image credit: DarkSideX CC BY-SA 2.0)
In the last 2km, the trio resorted to psychological warfare; the two Italians seemingly working a good cop/bad cop routine in which Ballan repeatedly attacked while Pozzato conserved his strength. In the penultimate 500m things became more straightforward as they used their huge lead as an opportunity to ride slowly and dare one another to have a go... then, in the final 500m, the race burst into flames as Boonen blasted past Ballan. Pozzato tried to go after him but knew he was outclassed, hanging on to the Belgian's rear wheel for dear life and second place.
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep
2 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
3 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing (full results when available)