Photo gallery: Van der Breggen unmatchable in Flanders

by Anne-Marije Rook


After winning all the Ardennes Classics in 2017 (and most of the major races on the women’s calendar in general these past few years), a victory at the iconic Tour of Flanders was one of the few items still missing from Anna van der Breggen’s incredible palmares. But the Olympic champion chose to rectify that over the weekend, and she did so with pure dominance.

Proving once again that she is the absolute best soloist in women’s cycling, Van der Breggen attacked with a little over 20 kilometres to go, and conquered the remaining two climbs, sidewinds and long straight-aways by her lonesome.

The golden stripe on her helmet — the one that identifies her as the reigning Olympic champion — glistened and a smile crept up from underneath it. She crossed the line with a solid 1’20” gap over the peloton and plenty of time to celebrate.

Behind her, the sprint for second place was won by teammate Amy Pieters. And despite dislocating her shoulder in a crash earlier in the race, Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitcheton-SCOTT) hang in for third, rounding out the all-Dutch podium.

Read the race report here.

1. Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans)
2. Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans)
3. Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchel-SCOTT)
4. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cerveo-Bigla)
5. Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)

From the rainy start to the wind swept farm roads and spectator-lined cobbled climbs, our photographers were on site to capture the action.

2018 Marianne Vos Flanders
Always plenty of media attention for former world champion and 2013 Flanders winner Marianne Vos.

Rainy start
The race started with dark skies and dirty roads.

2018 Tour of Flanders women
A controlled pace across the first cobbled sectors.

Sunweb’s Leah Kirchman tucked in the pack.

Natalie van Gogh
Natalie Van Gogh during her long solo breakaway.

Blaak Flanders 2018
World champion Chantal Blaak was never far from the front

Amy Pieters conquers the Muur.
Amy Pieters conquers the Muur.

Australian rider Jenelle Crooks and Belgian Puck Moonen.

Coryn Rivera Flanders 2018
Last year’s winner Coryn Rivera didn’t have the legs this time.

A sea of ball as the peloton conquers another narrow cobbled climb.

The chase - Flander 2018
Amy Pieters had her eyes set on a podium.

A truely dominant Van der Breggen attacked at the right time and conquered the remaining two climbs and 20 kilometres solo.

Potential race favourite Kasie Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) takes the lead up a cobbled climb.

Van der Breggen
And she’s gone…

Breakaway Flanders 2018
The chase is formed but Van der Breggen was too far gone.

Ronde was one of the few Classics that Van der Breggen hadn’t yet won.

Sprint for second Flanders
The sprint for second place was won by Amy Pieters.

Vos Koster Flander 2018
A completely spent Marianne Vos and Anouska Koster.

D'Hoore Flanders 2018
Belgian national champ Jolien d’hopre congratulates teammate Annemiek van Vleuten on her third place finish.

Women's Flander podium
An all Dutch podium at the 2018 Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Pieters UCI WWT leader
After solid performances all sprint and her second place finish at Flanders, Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans) leads the UCI Women’s WorldTour.

The Women’s WorldTour continues on April 15 with the first of the Ardennes Classics, the Amstel Gold Race, in The Netherlands.

2018 WOMEN’S WORLDTOUR

3 March – Strade Bianche, Italy
11 March – Ronde Van Drenthe, The Netherlands
18 March – Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Italy
22 March – Driedaagse De Panne, Belgium
25 March – Ghent-Wevelgem, Belgium
1 April – Tour of Flanders, Belgium
15 April – Amstel Gold Race, The Netherlands
18 April – Flèche Wallonne, Belgium
22 April- Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Belgium
26-28 April – Tour of Chongming Island, China
17-19 May – Tour of California, USA
19-22 May – Emakumeen XXXI. Bira, Spain
13-17 June – Women’s Tour, Great Britain
6-15 July – Giro Rosa, Italy
17 July – La Course by Le Tour de France, France
28 July – RideLondon Classique, Great Britain
10 August – Vargarda team time trial, Sweden
12 August – Vargarda road race, Sweden
16-19 August – Ladies Tour of Norway, Norway
25 August – GP de Plouay – Lorient Agglomération, France
28 August – 2 September – Boels Ladies Tour, Netherlands
16 September – Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta, Spain
21 October – Tour of Guangxi, China

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