Tour of Flanders - Race Overview

Former Australian road race champion Gracie Elvin sprinted to a sterling second place for ORICA-SCOTT at the 14th Tour of Flanders today, becoming the first Australian female to mount the podium in the iconic event.

The Australian outfit rode a tactically astute race almost to perfection with Annemiek Van Vleuten part of a four-rider attack that went clear with 30kilometres remaining.

The move gave ORICA-SCOTT options with Elvin tucked into the chasing group some 40seconds behind the leaders. A fast and explosive finale ensued with the leaders caught with only one kilometre to go and a close contest coming right down to the wire.

Elvin did herself proud, fighting all the way to the line to take a super close second behind Coryn Rivera (Team-Sunweb) with former winner Van Vleuten just missing out on the podium in fourth.

“The win would’ve have been amazing, but I was so close today,” said Elvin at the finish. “My best place in previous editions was not even in the front group, so to come here and be in the mix and try to go for the win is amazing.”

Read the full report here.

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Coryn Rivera (USA) - Team Sunweb Women 4:02:38
2 Gracie Elvin (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT ST
3 Chantal Blaak (NED) - Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam ST
4 Annemiek Van Vleuten (NED) - ORICA-SCOTT ST
5 Lotte Kopecky (BEL) - Lotto Soudal Ladies ST
6 Elena Cecchini (ITA) - Canyon SRAM Racing ST
7 Rasa Leleivyte (LTU) - Aromitalia Vaiano ST
8 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (POL) - WM3 Pro Cycling ST
9 Janneke Ensing (NED) - Alé Cipollini ST
10 Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA) - Wiggle High5 ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
2 Gracie Elvin (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT ST
4 Annemiek Van Vleuten (NED) - ORICA-SCOTT ST
26 Amanda Spratt (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:03:55
80 Sarah Roy (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:09:02
84 Georgia Williams (NZL) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:09:02
91 Jessica Allen (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:09:02