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Kirsten Wild, 2nd at the women’s Tour of Flanders

Earlier Sunday morning, the ladies began their 131.6km cobbled classic – containing the same final 56 kilometres as the men’s race and set to finish in Meerbeke – on a damp and cold start line.

Kirsten Wild finished second after a great team performance in the women’s Tour of Flanders. The German sprinter Teutenberg came through in the last hundred meters and won the race after World Cup leader Marianne Vos’s solo attack was chased down by the Cervélo TestTeam with only two kilometres remaining.

“Kristen started to wind things up with 200 meters to go, and I came around her with 50 meters left. She’s fast, so I couldn’t wait too long in case she got a gap.” said Teutenberg.

“Today our tactic was to control the race until the final climb Muur-Kapelmuur which we did,” explained Sports Director Manel Lacambra. “Our team was in fifth position in the group. There was a breakaway and four riders went, our girls were waiting for our sprinter, Kristen Wild and we closed fast on these four strong riders. After that we made contact with Marianne Vos, who had a lead of 30 seconds at one point. Our team did all the work to capture her with no help from the other teams. In the final kilometres we caught Marianne Vos and in the final sprint Kirsten Wild was second. We are very happy because the team worked very, very well.”