The peloton is quick approaching the primary cobbled sections of the day. The Lippenhovestraat and the Paddestraat will come after 34.9km and 36.4km of racing.
120km to go
The assaults are nonetheless coming thick and quick and a seven-rider group has now tried to rise up the street.
Belgium has gained this race simply as soon as in its historical past with Grace Verbeke taking the victory in 2010. This 12 months, the house nation stands an opportunity of creating it to the highest step for the primary time in a decade with Jolien D’hoore on nice type in the intervening time. She should do her greatest to carry onto the assaults as a result of not one of the peloton will wish to take her to the road. Her teammate Van der Breggen might be a more likely contender for the win this afternoon, nonetheless.
It has been a busy begin to the stage and 10 kilometres have already been ridden. No assaults have been profitable simply but and it’s all collectively for the peloton for now.
There was a crash within the impartial zone with a number of riders caught up and needing technical help afterwards. It seems that everyone seems to be okay, fortunately, and the race has been allowed to start.
Annemiek van Vleuten spoke Sporza forward of the race. She instructed them that she’s nonetheless feeling the results of her Giro Rosa crash final month.
“I nonetheless have ache in my wrist. After Liege I had seen that my degree had dropped considerably. Then we added a coaching camp to be nearly as good as attainable right here at present. I gained right here in 2013 and that was the true begin of my profession. Right this moment I’m nonetheless standing right here with the identical feeling.”
Even with out Vos and Bastianelli within the peloton at present, there are some very huge contenders in search of the win. Trek-Sgeafredo has three former winners of their line-up in Ellen van Dijk, Lizzie Deignan and Elisa Longo Borghini. Different former winners driving at present are Annemiek van Vleuten, Anna van der Breggen and Coryn Rivera.
Earlier than the racing will get going, if you wish to learn up on what to anticipate at present then my colleague Kirsten Frattini has put collectively an awesome preview, which you’ll learn right here.
The riders have rolled out and are making their manner by means of the nine-kilometre impartial zone.
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CCC-Liv shall be on the race however they are going to be with out one of many pre-race favourites in Marianne Vos. The crew stated that Vos was “not match sufficient” to race this weekend however didn’t eleborate additional on it. The nonetheless have Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Sofia Bertizzolo however they’ll miss Vos at present. Learn extra about it right here.
Simply 20 groups are confirmed for at present’s race after 4 pulled out. The largest information was that Marta Bastianelli will not have the ability to defend her title. Ale BTC Ljubljana couldn’t get to Belgium on time after needing to quarentine following a optimistic coronavirus take a look at throughout the crew. In the meantime, Equipe Paule Ka additionally pulled out as a consequence of their title sponsor failing to pay the crew for a number of months. You may learn extra about it right here.
This 12 months’s race is barely shorter than ordinary and there’s no Muur van Garaardsbergen however the peloton nonetheless has 11 hellingen to take care of. The primary of these will come up after 51km of racing.
It is a very quiet affair because the organisers have completed their greatest to steer individuals to observe the race from house. On condition that it has began to rain, I am positive many shall be glad to be inside an heat as they watch.
We’re about 20 minutes away from the beginning of the race. The ladies’s and males’s races have been switched round for this 12 months, that means the ladies had a bit of longer in mattress this morning earlier than having to journey to the beginning.
Whats up and welcome to stay protection of the 2020 girls’s Tour of Flanders.