Dwars door Vlaanderen Women: Chiara Consonni victorious in reduced bunch sprint

The Italian racing for Valcar-Travel & Service claimed her first win of 2022.

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Chiara Consonni (Valcar-Travel & Service) sprinted to victory at Dwars door Vlaanderen.

The young Italian claimed her first victory of the season from a reduced bunch sprint.

“I knew that I did my best and I’m good in the sprint, so I’m very happy,” she said.

Despite multiple attacks throughout the day, especially from Team DSM and Trek-Segafredo riders, no one was able to force a race-winning breakaway, leaving a large group to contest the sprint for victory at the finish.

Trek-Segafredo’s Ellen van Dijk was especially active in the finale, putting in multiple accelerations in the last 15km in the hope of splitting the race up and going clear.

But each time she was marked by other riders, with defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten seemingly riding to control things for her sprint-specialist Movistar teammate Arlenis Sierra rather than go for victory herself.

“On the finish, on the last climb,” was Consonni’s response when asked when she believed the race was going to be decided by a sprint finish. “Trek were so strong on the last cobbles that I stayed back. But I tried to enter, and I entered the first group.

“Since the last kilometer, there were lots of attacks, with Van Dijk, Canyon-SRAM, and all the teams, because they didn’t want to arrive in a sprint.

“In the end, I tried to do my sprint, and I did a good sprint.”

Consonni timed her sprint to perfection, staying patient and waiting until late after Marta Bastianelli (UAE Team ADQ) had been forced to start her sprint early.

It was a tight finish, with several riders spread across the road, but Consonni had clear daylight between herself and the rest.

The day’s first breakaway consisted of Anastasia Carbonari (Valcar-Travel & Service), Eline van Rooijen (AG Insurance-NXTG Team), Zsofia Szabo (Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch), Nina Kessler (BikeExchangeJayco) and Katia Ragusa (Liv Racing Xstra).

But they weren’t given much time in the spotlight, as the peloton brought them back with 95km to ride, just before the first of the race’s ten climbs.

The second of these climbs, the Hotondberg, saw the next attacks from Victorie Guilman (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Svenja Betz (IBCT), but they too were given little leeway by a peloton anticipating the first cobbled sector of the day 81km from the finish, on which the race again came back together.

A more dangerous move was established just prior to the tough Berg Ten Houte climb 72km from the finish, with most of the big teams represented: Leah Kirchmann, Liane Lippert (both DSM), Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo), Anastasia Carbonari (Valcar-Travel & Service), Mie Bjorndal (Uno-X), Shari Bossuyt (Canyon-SRAM), Jelena Eric (Movistar), Georgia Baker (BikeExchange-Jayco), Julie de Wilde (Plantur-Pura) and Maaike Boogaard (UAE Team ADQ).

But the group swelled to an unmanageable number when several other riders, including race favourites Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) and Annemiek van Vleuten, bridged up to them on the Kanarieberg, and they all sat up to allow the rest of the peloton to catch them.

The next rider to go clear was Brodie Chapman (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), and with no other rider accompanying her, the peloton was happy to ease up and let her gain a gap of over a minute.

Borghini, Ludwig, Lippert and Van Vleuten were briefly off the front of the peloton, followed by other counter-attacks, but it wasn’t until the Mariaborrestraat cobbled sector 41km from the finish that a move successfully went clear, featuring Georgia Baker (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Juliette Labous (Team DSM).

That pair joined Chapman 36km from the finish but was given a scant chance of making it to the finish as the likes of Borghini and Ellen van Dijk (Trek–Segafredo) upped the pace in the peloton, and the catch was made 10km later.

Chapman hadn’t given up, however, and countered an attack from Floortje Mackaij (Team DSM) to form a new leading duo.

They stayed out until a cobbled section 10km from the finish, where the Trek-Segafredo pair of Van Dijk and Borghini put the peloton under serious pressure with an acceleration.

There were more attempts from riders to go clear as the finish approached from the likes of Lippert, Chabbey, Mackaij, and especially Van Dijk, who refused to give up until after her last move just before the 1km to go mark.

None succeeded, and this meant the 30 or so riders who were left in contention were left to fight it out in a bunch finish.

Dwars door Vlaanderen - A travers la Flandre WE Results

1CONSONNI ChiaraValcar - Travel & Service3:06:40
2DE WILDE JuliePlantur-Pura0:00
3CHABBEY EliseCanyon//SRAM Racing0:00
4GEORGI PfeifferTeam DSM0:00
6BARBIERI RacheleLiv Racing Xstra0:00
7LE NET MarieFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00
8BOSSUYT ShariCanyon//SRAM Racing0:00
9SIERRA ArlenisMovistar Team0:00
10SWINKELS KarlijnTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
11BRAND LucindaTrek - Segafredo0:00
12BORGHESI LetiziaEF Education-TIBCO-SVB0:00
13ANDERSEN SusanneUno-X Pro Cycling Team0:00
14DRONOVA-BALABOLINA TamaraRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad0:00
15BOOGAARD MaaikeUAE Team ADQ0:00
16KOSTER AnouskaTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
17ROSEMAN-GANNON RubyTeam BikeExchange - Jayco0:00
18MACKAIJ FloortjeTeam DSM0:00
19JASKULSKA MartaLiv Racing Xstra0:03
20VAN DIJK EllenTrek - Segafredo0:03
21VAN VLEUTEN AnnemiekMovistar Team0:03
22LIPPERT LianeTeam DSM0:03
23MANLY AlexandraTeam BikeExchange - Jayco0:03
24LUDWIG Cecilie UttrupFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:03
25LONGO BORGHINI ElisaTrek - Segafredo0:03
26BAKER GeorgiaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco0:03
27ROY SarahCanyon//SRAM Racing0:10
28CHAPMAN BrodieFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:12
29SÜßEMILCH LauraPlantur-Pura0:12
30BEEKHUIS TeuntjeTeam Jumbo-Visma0:12
31DEMEY ValerieLiv Racing Xstra0:12
32LABOUS JulietteTeam DSM0:12
33CANT SannePlantur-Pura0:12
34BARNES HannahUno-X Pro Cycling Team0:21
35BUJAK EugeniaUAE Team ADQ1:41
36KESSLER NinaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco1:41
37JASTRAB MeganTeam DSM2:53
38CASTRIQUE AlanaCofidis Women Team2:53
39OTTESTAD Mie BjørndalUno-X Pro Cycling Team2:53
40SCHOENS QuintyParkhotel Valkenburg2:53
41TOWERS AliceLe Col - Wahoo2:53
42VIGIE MargauxValcar - Travel & Service2:53
43RIEDMANN LindaTeam Jumbo-Visma2:53
44RÜEGG NoemiTeam Jumbo-Visma2:53
45ARZUFFI Alice MariaValcar - Travel & Service2:53
46MEERTENS LoneAG Insurance - NXTG Team2:53
47KRAAK AmberTeam Jumbo-Visma2:53
48GOOSSENS MartheMultum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team2:53
49GHEKIERE JustinePlantur-Pura2:53
50KIRCHMANN LeahTeam DSM2:53
51VAN HAAFTEN KirstieParkhotel Valkenburg2:53
52TACEY AprilLe Col - Wahoo2:53
54EWERS VeronicaEF Education-TIBCO-SVB2:53
55MALCOTTI BarbaraHuman Powered Health2:53
56GUILMAN VictorieFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope2:53
57FOUQUENET AmandineArkéa Pro Cycling Team2:53
58NEYLAN RachelCofidis Women Team2:53
59HARVEY MikaylaCanyon//SRAM Racing2:53
60THOMAS LeahTrek - Segafredo2:53
61BARIL OliviaValcar - Travel & Service2:53
62RICHIOUD GretaArkéa Pro Cycling Team2:53
63SPRATT AmandaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco2:53
64OYARBIDE LourdesMovistar Team2:53
65BERTEAU VictoireCofidis Women Team6:24
66ALZINI MartinaCofidis Women Team6:47
67VAN DER HEIJDEN IngePlantur-Pura6:47
69MORICHON AnaisArkéa Pro Cycling Team6:47
70CARBONARI AnastasiaValcar - Travel & Service6:47
71ALLIN PaulineArkéa Pro Cycling Team6:47
72VAN DE VELDE JuliePlantur-Pura6:47
73SERNÉ ElisaMultum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team9:02
74BRAAM DaniqueBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire - Van Eyck Sport9:02
75KUMIEGA KarolinaValcar - Travel & Service9:02
76DELBAERE FienMultum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team9:02
77OUDEMAN MaudCanyon//SRAM Racing9:02
78KHATUNTSEVA GulnazRoland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad9:02
79VAN ROOIJEN ElineAG Insurance - NXTG Team9:02
80BIRIUKOVA YuliiaArkéa Pro Cycling Team9:02
81ARENS MaureenAG Insurance - NXTG Team9:02
82LIMPENS PienParkhotel Valkenburg9:02
83ERATH TanjaEF Education-TIBCO-SVB9:02
84VAN DER WOLF RosalieParkhotel Valkenburg9:02
85LUDWIG HannahUno-X Pro Cycling Team9:02
86DANFORD GeorgiaAndy Schleck - CP NVST - Immo Losch9:02
87BETZ SvenjaIBCT9:02
89DE ROECK NaomiBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire - Van Eyck Sport9:02
90REIßNER LenaIBCT9:02
91TREVISI AnnaUAE Team ADQ9:02
93COSTON MorganeArkéa Pro Cycling Team9:02
94BOGLIO CassiaAG Insurance - NXTG Team9:02
95KULYNYCH OlhaBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire - Van Eyck Sport9:02
96FULLER HayleeIBCT9:02
97CLAES LotteBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire - Van Eyck Sport9:02
98CHRISTIAN AnnaLe Col - Wahoo9:02
99FAHLIN EmiliaFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope9:02
100GROSSETÊTE MaëlleFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope9:02
101ALLEN JessicaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco9:02
102MERINO EiderLe Col - Wahoo9:02
103VERHULST GladysLe Col - Wahoo9:02
104HANSON LaurettaTrek - Segafredo9:02
105GRÖNDAHL AntoniaIBCT9:02
106HOSKING ChloeTrek - Segafredo9:02
107POIDEVIN SaraEF Education-TIBCO-SVB9:02
108LANGLEY EmmaEF Education-TIBCO-SVB9:02
109ERIĆ JelenaMovistar Team9:02
110GIGANTE SarahMovistar Team9:02
111YONAMINE EriHuman Powered Health9:02
112MATHIESEN PernilleCofidis Women Team9:02
113BANKS ElizabethEF Education-TIBCO-SVB9:02

Results provided by ProCyclingStats.

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