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La Flèche Wallonne Féminine is a professional women's bicycle road race held each year in Wallonia, Belgium, in April. It is part of the UCI Women's World Tour, cycling's season-long competition of top-tier races, in which it is the third-oldest single-day event after the Trofeo Alfredo Binda in Italy and the Emakumeen Euskal Bira in the Basque Country. The event is raced on the same day as La Flèche Wallonne for men.

La Flèche Wallonne Féminine
La Flèche Wallonne Féminine logo.svg
DateMid April
RegionWallonia, Belgium
English nameThe Walloon Arrow for Women
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI Women's World Tour (since 2016)
TypeOne-day race
OrganiserAmaury Sport Organisation
Web sitewww.la-fleche-wallonne-femmes.be/en/ Edit this at Wikidata
First edition1998 (1998)
Editions22 (as of 2019)
First winner Fabiana Luperini (ITA)
Most wins Marianne Vos (NED) and  Anna van der Breggen (NED) (5)
Most recent Anna van der Breggen (NED)

The race was inaugurated by Tour de France organizers ASO in 1998 and quickly became a road race classic. From 1999 onwards, the women's Flèche Wallonne was a UCI Women's Road Cycling World Cup event. In 2016, the race became part of the new UCI Women's World Tour.

The Flèche Wallonne Féminine is held in conjunction with the men's race, on much of the same roads but at a shorter distance. Likewise, the race always finishes on the steep Mur de Huy. Two Dutch riders hold the record with five wins. Marianne Vos between 2007 and 2013.[1] Fellow Dutch Anna van der Breggen won her fifth consecutive Flèche Wallonne in 2019.[2]

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WinnersEdit

Year First Second Third
1998   Fabiana Luperini (ITA)   Pia Sundstedt (FIN)   Catherine Marsal (FRA)
1999   Hanka Kupfernagel (GER)   Edita Pučinskaitė (LTU)   Cindy Pieters (BEL)
2000   Geneviève Jeanson (CAN)   Pia Sundstedt (FIN)   Fany Lecourtois (FRA)
2001   Fabiana Luperini (ITA)   Anna Millward (AUS)   Trixi Worrack (GER)
2002   Fabiana Luperini (ITA)   Lyne Bessette (CAN)   Priska Doppmann (SUI)
2003   Nicole Cooke (GBR)   Susan Palmer-Komar (CAN)   Priska Doppmann (SUI)
2004   Sonia Huguet (FRA)   Hanka Kupfernagel (GER)   Edita Pučinskaitė (LTU)
2005   Nicole Cooke (GBR)   Oenone Wood (AUS)   Judith Arndt (GER)
2006   Nicole Cooke (GBR)   Judith Arndt (GER)   Trixi Worrack (GER)
2007   Marianne Vos (NED)   Nicole Cooke (GBR)   Judith Arndt (GER)
2008   Marianne Vos (NED)   Marta Bastianelli (ITA)   Judith Arndt (GER)
2009   Marianne Vos (NED)   Emma Johansson (SWE)   Claudia Häusler (GER)
2010   Emma Pooley (GBR)   Nicole Cooke (GBR)   Emma Johansson (SWE)
2011   Marianne Vos (NED)   Emma Johansson (SWE)   Judith Arndt (GER)
2012   Evelyn Stevens (USA)   Marianne Vos (NED)   Linda Villumsen (NZL)
2013   Marianne Vos (NED)   Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA)   Ashleigh Moolman (RSA)
2014   Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (FRA)   Lizzie Armitstead (GBR)   Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA)
2015   Anna van der Breggen (NED)   Annemiek van Vleuten (NED)   Megan Guarnier (USA)
2016   Anna van der Breggen (NED)   Evelyn Stevens (USA)   Megan Guarnier (USA)
2017   Anna van der Breggen (NED)   Lizzie Deignan (GBR)   Katarzyna Niewiadoma (POL)
2018   Anna van der Breggen (NED)   Ashleigh Moolman (RSA)   Megan Guarnier (USA)
2019   Anna van der Breggen (NED)   Annemiek van Vleuten (NED)   Annika Langvad (DEN)

Multiple winnersEdit

Wins Rider Editions
5   Marianne Vos (NED) 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
  Anna van der Breggen (NED) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
3   Fabiana Luperini (ITA) 1998, 2001, 2002
  Nicole Cooke (GBR) 2003, 2005, 2006

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Aubrey, Jane. "Vos wins fifth La Flèche Wallonne Féminine". Cyclingnews. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  2. ^ Van der Breggen wins La Fleche Wallonne Feminine

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