On Sunday 7th April, a world-class field will go head-to-head fighting to be crowned winner of the 16th edition of the Tour of Flanders for women. The preliminary start list features many riders with a strong chance of earning themselves a second victory in Flanders’ finest race, such as Van Vleuten, Vos, Van Dijk, Longo Borghini and Rivera.
One of the most dominant teams lining up is Dutch squad Boels-Dolmans, though without any previous winners in their ranks for 2019’s edition, they shall turn to Chantal Blaak, winner of this year’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Belgian rider Jolien D’hoore and last year’s runner-up Amy Pieters.
At Mitchelton-SCOTT, 2011 race winner Van Vleuten is hoping to add a second title to her palmarès, with the support of Australian rider Amanda Spratt. Marianne Vos won back in 2013 and is racing for CCC-Liv, alongside South African champion Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, who just missed the podium last year. Lucinda Brand, Floortje Mackaij and the German champion Liane Lippert will be lining up for Team Sunweb alongside Coryn Rivera, who was victorious in 2017.
The only team with two former winners is Trek-Segafredo. Ellen van Dijk and Elisa Longo Borghini won the race in 2014 and 2015 respectively and will be joining forces this year, together with the fast finishing Lotta Lepistö in Trek-Segafredo Women’s first outing at the Tour of Flanders.
European champion Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling) won two Flanders Classics spring races last year in the shape of Gent-Wevelgem and De Brabantse Pijl. On her quest for success at the Tour of Flanders, she can rely on the support of Christina Siggaard, who won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2018. French champion Aude Biannic heads the selection at Movistar, while the Belgian champion Annelies Dom is leading the charge for Lotto Soudal Ladies, together with Lotte Kopecky who hopes to improve upon her fifth place in 2017. Reigning Italian champion Marta Cavalli shall be honouring the tricolore while racing for Valcar Cylance Cycling.
Katarzyna Niewiadoma, Elena Cecchini and Tiffany Cromwell represent Canyon//SRAM Racing while Kirsten Wild and Lisa Brennauer are riding for the WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team.
On Saturday 6th April, supporters can cheer on all the participating women during the start presentation on the Markt in Oudenaarde at 4 p.m. Major changes to the list of participants who will be starting in the race in Oudenaarde on 7th April will be communicated by the organisation in due time.