Bettiol and Bastianelli take Flanders titles!
Alberto Bettiol’s first win as a professional was a big one. The 25-year-old EF rider soloed to a stunning victory at the Tour of Flanders, attacking on the Oude Kwaremont with around 17 kilometers to go and holding out to take the win in Oudenaarde. “I still don’t believe what I did. My first victory… I don’t believe it,” an incredulous Bettiol said at the finish. “I was on the Kwaremont feeling really good and Andreas Klier (director) from the car said, ‘If you can, just go.’ I closed my eyes and I just went.”
Marta Bastianelli (Virtu) continued her stellar 2019 campaign with a victory at the women’s Tour of Flanders. The 31-year-old Italian topped Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla) to take her second WorldTour win so far in a season that has seen her finish inside the top 10 in every one of the 10 pro races she has started.