Exciting young Italian sprinter Chiara Consonni claimed a mature win at Dwars Door Vlaanderen on Wednesday, with the 22-year-old claiming the biggest win of her fledgling career.
With no lead in the peloton sprint after an extremely aggressive 25km final, the Valcar Travel and Service rider emerged into the wind for the first time 50 meters from the finish line.
After an attritional run few teams had numbers in the final which made for a messy finish, Team DSM’s Floortje Mackaij leading into the final corner with 300m to go but when she took off she took off. exposed some of the sprinters to the wind too soon.
As they slid back, Consonni remained patient, exiting the wheels late and moving past the peloton to take her first win of the year.
For a few years Consonni played second fiddle to world champion Elisa Balsamo, but since the latter switched to Trek-Segafredo the young rider has had more opportunities, with Tuesday’s result following a series of top 10 rankings.
Like her former teammate, much of the 22-year-old’s success to date has come at the end of the Valcar Travel and Service lead, but that win came after she was left to fend for herself- itself – a testimony to its quality and development.
The young Belgian sprinter Julie de Wilde (Plantur-Pura) finished second, the versatile Swiss Elise Chabbey (Canyon-SRAM) third.
British champion Pfeiffer Georgi (DSM) has just moved up to fourth place, her best result of the season so far.
How did it happen
For only its fourth edition since becoming a UCI level race, Dwars Door Vlaanderen has attracted some of the biggest names, with extensive live coverage further raising the profile of the race.
Since its rise in the UCI rankings it has become a breakaway race, and unsurprisingly it all went from the flag, with five women breaking away in the first three kilometres.
After 25 km, however, the quintet was brought back, leading to further attacks that never really stuck. The first time a break gained traction was when Leah Kirchmann and her DSM teammate Liane Lippert created a group of 10 women.
At the top of Kanarieberg, the group swelled considerably, with last year’s winner Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) crossing paths with fellow pre-race favorites Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek Segafredo) and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig among so many others.
The race did not stop, however, with Uttrup Ludwig’s FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope teammate Brodie Chapman coming up the road and entering the town of Ronse, and taking a 50-second lead on the Knokteberg summit, 50km away. of arrival.
On the second and final visit to Mariaborrestraat, a series of surges saw Juliette Labous (DSM) and Georgia Baker (BikeExchange-Jayco) set off in pursuit, and Chapman was caught just after Ladeuze, the eighth climb of the day .
This new leading trio was never allowed to gain too much of an advantage, and just past the cobblestones of Doorn, a huge injection of pace from Trek-Segafredo not only split the peloton, but also closed the gap to a touching distance.
With the breakaway neutralized at 25km, DSM was in no mood to take to allow a regroup, throwing Floortje Mackaij in the lead, the Dutchwoman surprisingly joined by Chapman. As the leading pair managed to build a lead, a Van Veluten move continued what Trek-Segafredo had started, briefly reducing the chasing group to about 15 women.
However, by the time the leaders reached the final cobbled section, Herelegemstraat, the lead had increased further, with Mackaij and a weary Chapman heading into the final 12 kilometers with a 25-second lead.
Behind however, Ellen van Dijk did much of the work to close the gap, with others seemingly unwilling to help, and it wasn’t until teammates Longo Borghini and Lucinda Brand made up their minds that the leaders were caught.
DSM still did not want to lie down, and in the last climb of the Holstraat Liane Lippert had an ultimately unsuccessful attempt. Six kilometers from the finish, Van Veluten came out on top, the Olympic time trial champion holding an almost impossible pace, until Van Dijk managed to do the same.
Another very late dig from Mackaij couldn’t tell the difference and around 20 women headed for a group kick, of which Consonni proved the winner.
Result Dwars Door Vlaanderen, Waregem – Waregem (120km)
1. Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar Travel and Service in 3-06-40
2. Julie de Wilde (Bel) Plantur Pura
3. Elise Chabbey (Sui) Canyon-SRAM
4. Pfeiffer Georgi (Gbr) DSM
5. Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Team UAE ADQ
6. Rachele Barbieri (Italy) Liv Xstra
7. Marie Le Net (Fra) FDJ New Aquitaine Futuroscope
8. Shari Bossuyt (Bel) Canyon-SRAM
9. Arlenis Sierra (Cub Scout) Movistar
10. Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma all at the same time