Pauline Ferrand Prevot emerged as today’s winner in the women’s 2014 La Flèche Wallonne World Cup in Belgium today.
The French rider crossed the finish line over the Mur de Huy with a slight one-second advantage over second place finisher Lizzie Armitstead, followed by Elisa Longo Borghini in third spot.
The race finished with a painful climb of the Mur de Huy, a 1.3-kilometer ascent that averages more than 9 percent. Its steepest section is 26 percent.
“I had legs of fire during the first pass through the wall,” Ferrand Prevot told the media. .
“As Marianne felt a little worse, we decided to play my card in the final. I thank her very much because she did a lot of work to put me in an ideal position. What happens to me is awesome.”
The American rider, Evelyn Stevens, who won the 2012 edition, finished seven seconds back in fourth.
“It was me, Lizzie and Pauline battling each other,” Stevens said of the final climb. “I was probably a little too quick to go, and then Elisa Longo passed me right at the end.”
Stevens also commented on the steep pitches of the Mur de Huy.
“You think about your legs burning, and then just stab the knife six more times,” she said. “When you win it, it feels pretty good. When you don’t, it feels awful.”
Meanwhile, Armtitstead maintained her lead in the overall World Cup standings. Heading into the race, she had 320 points ahead of Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) in second with 240 points while Anna Van de Breggen was in third place with 220 points.
Top 25 Finishers
1 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 3:26:43 2 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:00:01 3 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products 0:00:04 4 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized – Lululemon 0:00:07 5 Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products 0:00:11 6 Mauricio Henao (Col) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:00:13 7 Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto Belisol Ladies 8 Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda 0:00:21 9 Claudia Hausler (Ger) Team Giant – Shimano 0:00:24 10 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:00:28 11 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica – AIS 0:00:30 12 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:00:31 13 Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini 14 Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team 15 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:00:35 16 Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Australia 0:00:42 17 Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:00:45 18 Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:00:49 19 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado De Mexico Faren 0:00:50 20 Lauren Hall (USA) USA National Team 0:00:57 21 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team 0:00:59 22 Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica – AIS 0:01:11 23 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Specialized – Lululemon 0:01:12 24 Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies 0:01:48 25 Lucie Pader (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope.86 0:02:27
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