Elvin takes second at Tour of Flanders

Rio Olympian Gracie Elvin has posted the best Australian result at the women's Tour of Flanders. (AAP)

Rio Olympian Gracie Elvin has posted the best Australian result at the women's Tour of Flanders.

Rio Olympian Gracie Elvin has made Australian cycling history, finishing second at the women's Tour of Flanders.

She is the first Australian to finish on the podium of the women's race, which started in 2004.

Elvin was runner-up in the bunch sprint behind Coryn Rivera, the first American man or woman to claim a Tour of Flanders title.

Elvin's big result capped a strong race from the Australian Orica-Scott team.

Dutch teammate Annamiek van Vleuten was in a four-rider break that went clear with 30km left in the 153km race.

The leaders were caught with one kilometre left and 16 riders contested the final sprint.

Elvin said finishing on the podium at Flanders was a career highlight.

"The win would've have been amazing, but I was so close today," Elvin said.

"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."

"It just goes to show all the hard work I've put in this season is paying off and how great the team was today.

"I really didn't have to do much before the finish, everyone had a role to play and they did it brilliantly, especially Annemiek right at the end - she could have won today.

Luke Durbridge was the top Australian in the men's race, finishing 12th.

Also on Sunday, Australian Rory Sutherland posted only his third professional win when he took out the Vuelta Ciclista a La Rioja in Spain.

Source: AAP

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