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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: Presentation
    The 12th edition of the Women's Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) commenced with individual team presentations on the grand stage in the Grote Markt, Oudenaarde, in front of a packed audience. Photo: Kris Claeyé | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: Bigla
    Bigla Pro Cycling took the stage with a strong squad ready to fight for their team leader, former Ronde winner Annemiek Van Vleuten. Photo: Kris Claeyé | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: D'hoore
    Eventual second-place finisher Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle-Honda) shared a few words with the race MC on stage before the start in Oudenaarde. Photo: Kris Claeyé | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: Boels-Dolmans
    The Boels-Dolmans team presented a united front onstage with a squad that included 2014 Ronde winner Ellen Van Dijk and World Cup leader Lizzie Armitstead. Photo: Kris Claeyé | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: Oudenaarde
    The gothic facade of the city hall in Grote Markt, Oudenaarde, made for a stately start for the women's Tour of Flanders. Photo: Wouter Roosenboom | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: Slappendel
    Dutch national champion Iris Slappendel (Bigla Pro Cycling) queued up at the start line in Oudenaarde. Photo: Wouter Roosenboom | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: Armitstead
    One of the race favorites for the day, Lizzie Armitstead tackled the tough pavé on the Molenberg 62km into the race. Photo: Wouter Roosenboom | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: Peloton
    Midway through the race, the peloton broke apart with a large group of about 30 riders — here led up the crest of the Molenberg by Ellen Van Dijk (Boels-Dolmans). Photo: Kris Claeyé | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: Windmill
    The break reached the well-known molen (windmill) of the Molenberg at the top of one of the roughest sections of pavé on the entire race route. Photo: Kris Claeyé | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: Borghini
    Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-Honda) attacked with 20km to go with Trixi Worrack (Velocio-SRAM) in tow, but dropped Worrack before the Oude Kwaremont. Photo: Kris Claeyé | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: Van Dijk
    The strain of the day and the chase could be seen on the face of Ellen Van Dijk (Boels-Dolmans) as she rode the mid-section of pavé on the Oude Kwaremont. Photo: Kris Claeyé | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: Chase
    Behind race leader Longo Borghini, eight riders made a counterattack but could not close the gap that approached a minute by the time they hit the Paterberg. Photo: Wouter Roosenboom | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: Cromwell
    Tiffany Cromwell (Velocio-SRAM) tackled the 20-percent grade of the infamous, leg-crushing Paterberg. Photo: Wouter Roosenboom | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: Solo
    Longo Borghini soloed into the finish in Oudenaarde for the win. Photo: Wouter Roosenboom | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: D'hoore sprint
    Jolien D’hoore celebrated her teammate Longo Borghini's victory from the line. Photo: Wouter Roosenboom | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: Post-race
    The effects of the 144km, which included 10 climbs and five sectors of pavé, could be seen on the riders from Boels-Dolmans. Photo: Kris Claeyé | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: Winner
    Elisa Longo Borghini took the stage to claim her 2015 Ronde victory. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: Champagne
    The first champagne of the day was splashed onstage by the women's podium — Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-Honda), Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle-Honda), and Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv). Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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    2015 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen: Podium
    Well-deserved emotion from race winner Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-Honda). Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

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