Coryn Rivera retains her lead in the UCI Women’s WorldTour after taking 7th place at Fleche Wallonne today.
After numerous attempts of a breakaway it was only after 28 kilometres that a break of four riders were able to go clear. The group were able to take a lead of 2 minutes and 30 seconds, with big engines pushing the pace and driving up the gap. After around 40 kilometres up the road, Team Sunweb took up the chase at the head of the bunch and the breaks lead quickly came down. As riders dropped from the breakaway an attack went clear to join the leaders but as the pace picked up in the bunch they were brought back. Approaching the final 30km the front group consisted of 30 riders, with Coryn Rivera, Ellen van Dijk, Sabrina Stultiens and Juliette Labous representing the team in the first group. As the bunch continued to go down in size, Coryn stayed up with the best. After a tough fight to the end, Coryn finished the day in 7th place, retaining her lead in the UCI Women’s WorldTour.
After the race Coryn said: “I think we raced really strong as a team today. Even though we weren’t an outright favourite, we were here to race. A favourite moment of mine was when all six of us were lined up about to put the field into the gutter. In the final, Sabrina and Ellen put me in the perfect position into the Core de Cherave where I did my best to follow the climbing favourites. I clawed back and made up some time in the descent and was in contention for 4th. The Mur is the Mur, you have to give it everything and that is what I did. Everyone suffered and I suffered to 7th – enough to keep the women’s WorldTour jersey.”
“Today was a good day,” said Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans. “With 60 kilometres to go the girls took to the front controlling the pace. It’s good that even when we aren’t necessarily the leading team that we still take the initiative to make our mark. In the final we still had three riders there, which is really good show from the team in this kind of race. We are happy with the result today and retaining the lead in the WorldTour is even better.”