Ferrand-Prevot conquered the Mur de Huy to score the biggest win of her career in Belgium. Cor vos photo.

Ferrand-Prevot Wins Flèche Wallonne Féminine!

April 23, 2014

Rabobank-Liv rider Pauline Ferrand-Prevot scored the biggest win of her career Wednesday at the Flèche Wallonne Féminine women’s World Cup race.

The win by the 22-year-old French rider victory kept the Flèche Wallonne title within the team; her fellow Liv rider Marianne Vos came in as the defending champion and has five career wins at the hilly classic in the Ardennes region of Belgium.

The biggest challenge of Flèche Wallonne is the Mur de Huy, a grueling 1.3km hill that has pitches as steep as 26 percent. Racers pass over the Mur several twice and finish atop the hill after 127km. In the final kilometers, Ferrand-Prevot was fastest up the wall on her Liv/giant Envie Advanced, beating second-place finisher Lizzie Armistead of Great Britain by 1 second.

“I had legs of fire during the first pass over the wall,” Ferrand-Prevot said after the win. “As Marianne felt a little worse, we decided to play my card in the final. I thank her very much because she did a lot of work to put me in and ideal position.”

For Vos, the world champion in both road and cyclocross, this was her first road race of the season following a break at the end of the ’cross season. The Dutch superstar still managed to finish sixth, just 13 seconds behind her teammate.