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"“I really wanted to do my best,” said Johansson. “I did do my best, but 11th was all I could get. I could feel that I couldn’t get the lactic out of my legs between the climbs. It wasn’t my normal legs that were with me. It’s always difficult to know if you feel bad because the race is really hard that day or maybe everyone else is suffering or maybe I’m the one suffering a bit more. Today I wasn’t better. That’s just how it is sometimes.”"

ORICA GreenEDGE Cycling Australia : News : Off Day in the Office for ORICA-AIS at Flèche Wallone

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2014 Fleche Wallonne (by WiggleHonda)

With Linda Villumsen’s suicide attack at the end and team car footage

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My race report - with videos, photos and links - click through and read!

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Race Clip - Fleche Wallonne 2014 - Women Road World Cup (by ucichannel)

1. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, 3:26:43
2. Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels-Dolmans, + 00:01
3. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products, + 00:04
4. Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon, + 00:07
5. Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Hitec Products, + 00:11
6. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:13
7. Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto-Belisol, s.t.
8. Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda, + 00:21
9. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, + 00:24
10. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Boels-Dolmans, + 00:28

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La photo de la victoire de Pauline @FERRANDPREVOT sur la #FlecheWallonne ! pic.twitter.com/rIyV3UbQHD— Velochrono (@velochrono) April 23, 2014


1.   Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Rabobank-Liv)
2.   Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
3.   Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec)
1. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Rabobank-Liv) 2. Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) 3. Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec)
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Pauline Ferrand-Prévot wins the 2014 Flèche Wallonne

Timeline Photos - Boels Dolmans Cycling Team)

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot wins the 2014 Flèche Wallonne

Timeline Photos - Boels Dolmans Cycling Team)

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Little 2:24 video of the Mur de Huy and the podium

1. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Rabobank-Liv)
2. Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
3. Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products)

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Q: What about the rest of the course? What’s it like to race Flèche?

Loes – I think it’s a roller coaster from the start line to the finish line. Before you know, you already hit the first climb and then it’s downhill and then up again. It’s fast. It’s narrow climbs. It’s heavy. It’s nice with all the spectators. It’s one of the Classics, and that makes it special.

Emma – Together with Ronde van Vlaanderen, I think it’s one of the most beautiful races that we do all year, one of the most beautiful in Belgium, for sure. The Mur de Huy is hard, but it’s also special as well. Once again, I think you need to be there to be able to get the atmosphere. You need to be a part of it. It’s hard to describe.

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ORICA GreenEDGE Cycling Australia : News : World Cup Round Table: Flèche Wallonne

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Your podium 2014 - Ferrand Prevot, Armitstead and Longo Borghini #FlecheWallonne pic.twitter.com/EVqbguugh9— UCIWomenCycling (@UCIWomenCycling) April 23, 2014


1.   Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, 3:26:43
2.   Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels-Dolmans, + 00:01
3.   Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products, + 00:04
4.   Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon, + 00:07
5.   Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Hitec Products, + 00:11
6.   Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:13
7.   Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto-Belisol, s.t.
8.   Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda, + 00:21
9.   Claudia Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, + 00:24
10. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Boels-Dolmans, + 00:28
1. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, 3:26:43 2. Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels-Dolmans, + 00:01 3. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products, + 00:04 4. Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon, + 00:07 5. Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Hitec Products, + 00:11 6. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:13 7. Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto-Belisol, s.t. 8. Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda, + 00:21 9. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, + 00:24 10. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Boels-Dolmans, + 00:28
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(via ORICA GreenEDGE Cycling Australia : News : World Cup Round Table: Flèche Wallonne)
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[It’s]Very steep, yeah. But it would be ok as a Time Trial, it’s just with other people in the way, that’s the problem!

And the wall of noise, it’s really cool for us - it’s a bit like Flanders, or the World Championships, in that having all those people there, it’s awesome. That’s what I would like to see the sport have more often, is races on the same day as men’s races. And it’s organised by ASO, who organise the Tour, so it’s a great race, and I’m really looking forward to it from that respect, I’m just worried about the prospect of not doing very well!

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Emma Pooley part 2: Previewing Flèche Wallonne, and the Women’s Tour - Podium Cafe

Part 2 of the transcript of my interview with Emma Pooley - you can read Part 1 on Podium Café or Listen to the whole interview as a podcast on my blog

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You’re involved with World Bicycle Relief, the Right to Play and CYCLE Kids.
I personally feel like I’ve been given a gift to bike race, so I know that I have a lot to give back to the sport. I think when you’re in the public eye it’s your responsibility to be a good role model. We are so lucky and privileged to have the opportunity to be the best at something and pursue our dreams. Another thing is, being a woman cyclist; people really help you get to where you are, because you’re living all over the place. There have been so many people along the way who have looked after me and been very kind and generous.

Besides other hearing women’s stories and your charity work, what fulfills you personally?
Right now, bike racing is what fulfills me. I just want to know that I’ve reached the potential of what I can do and that I’ve given everything to the sport that I can give. But also, recognizing that it’s a journey and there are so many things in between it. You win, you lose, you crash, you get to travel and meet new people. It’s such a process.

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Evelyn Stevens is Ready for Fleche Wallonne | Bicycling Magazine

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It’s the audio version of my interview with Emma Pooley!  You can listen to it here - or if you prefer to read the transcript, Part 1 is on Podium Café - and click through to my blog to find the links to things we talked about