Annemiek van Vleuten wins Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes

Mackaij jumps ahead of chase bunch to take second, Vollering third

After two second places, Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) finished her Ardennes Classics campaign with a solo victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes. The world time trial champion attacked on the Côte de la Redoute with 32 km to go and increased her advantage all the time, finishing almost two minutes ahead of the chasing group.

"This was really high on my list and to finish off my spring with another win and three second places after my knee injury, I’m super happy," Van Vleuten said in a team press release.

Behind Van Vleuten, a group of around fifteen riders came to Liège. Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb) attacked in the final kilometres to take second place, and Demi Vollering (Parkhotel Valkenburg) won the sprint to round out an all-Dutch podium.

How it happened

Despite the name, the women's Liège-Bastogne-Liège started in Bastogne for a 138.5km course that included five classified climbs, the Wanne, Brume, La Vecquée, La Redoute, and La Roche-aux-Faucons, and many unnamed hills in the Ardennes. The finish was changed from the last years' uphill drag in the suburb of Ans to a flat finish in the centre of Liège. Like the Flèche Wallonne Féminine, the race was not broadcast live anywhere. From 2020, a live broadcast of minimum 45 minutes per day is mandatory for UCI Women's WorldTour races.

In cold and rainy conditions that led to several mechanicals and punctures, there was no early breakaway. Urska Bravec (BTC City Ljubljana) went on a solo break after 36 km, but the young Slovenian was never ahead by more than 30 seconds and was caught on the Côte de Wanne as Mitchelton-Scott kept the pace high in the peloton.

Maria Novolodskaya (Cogeas-Mettler) took the mountain prize atop the Côte de Wanne and repeated this on the Côte de Brume. She continued her attack after the climb and was joined by Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb). The Russian-Canadian duo built an advantage of up to 1:30 minutes and stayed in front for 40 kilometres, but the peloton was not far behind when they started the Côte de la Redoute.

Capitalising on the work of her teammates earlier in the race, Van Vleuten made her move on the steep slopes and passed the two escapees. Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo), on the bike of teammate Lizzie Deignan after an earlier mechanical, tried to follow Van Vleuten, but the 36-year-old crested the climb with an advantage of 25 seconds.

As Van Vleuten settled in for a long solo, a chase group formed behind her that included most of the favourites. Deignan attacked from this group, and at the 20km mark, the Briton was 45 seconds behind Van Vleuten and ten seconds ahead of the group of chasers.

On the final climb, the Côte de Roche-aux-Faucons, Longo Borghini and Annika Langvad bridged to Deignan. But Van Vleuten continued to ride strongly – at the top of the climb, she was 1:20 seconds ahead of the chase trio and 1:50 seconds ahead of the next group with Van der Breggen and many other big names. The world time trial champion increased her advantage to two minutes with 10 km to go, and her win was virtually certain at that point.

While Van Vleuten was riding towards victory, the second chase group closed the gap to the trio in the streets of Liège. Mackaij took everyone by surprise with a late attack and held on for second place, 1:39 minutes behind Van Vleuten, while Vollering won the sprint of the group for third place. With her victory, Van Vleuten also takes the lead in the UCI Women’s WorldTour ranking. Sofia Bertizzolo (Team Virtu Cycling) continues to lead the youth ranking.


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women3:42:10 
2Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:01:39 
3Demi Vollering (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:01:43 
4Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
5Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
6Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM  
7Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo Women  
8Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM  
9Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women  
10Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
11Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
12Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
13Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women  
14Annika Langvad (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
15Julie Van de Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:01:55 
16Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
17Margarita Victo Garcia Cañellas (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:02:05 
18Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women0:02:47 
19Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women  
20Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
21Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv  
22Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
23Jolanda Neff (Swi) Trek-Segafredo Women  
24Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women  
25Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) BePink  
26Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
27Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
28Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
29Maria Novolodskaya (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look  
30Eider Merino Cortazar (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
31Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb Women  
32Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:03:06 
33Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:04:18 
34Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
35Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
36Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
37Elise Chabbey (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
38Anouska Koster (Ned) Team Virtu Cycling  
39Nikola Noskova (Cze) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
40Antri Christoforou (Cyp) Cogeas Mettler Look  
41Riejanne Markus (Ned) CCC-Liv  
42Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
43Eva Buurman (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
44Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
45Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:04:21 
46Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women0:05:56 
47Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink0:06:16 
48Elizabeth Banks (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
49Agnieszka Skalniak (Pol) CCC-Liv  
50Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
51Alison Jackson (Can) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
52Olga Shekel (Ukr) Astana Women's Team  
53Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City Ljubljana  
54Leigh Ganzar (USA)  
55Danielle Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
56Kathrin Hammes (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
57Marion Sicot (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
58Anastasiia Chursina (Rus) BTC City Ljubljana  
59Lindsay Goldman (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
60Shannon Malseed (Aus) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
61Rachel Neylan (Aus) Team Virtu Cycling  
62Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Team Virtu Cycling  
63Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
64Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
65Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM  
66Whitney Allison (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
67Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
68Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
69Carmela Cipriani (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano0:07:27 
70Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM0:07:29 
71Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:07:52 
72Erica Magnaldi (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:09:13 
73Lorena Llamas Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
74Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale Cipollini0:09:53 
75Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
76Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) CCC-Liv  
77Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women  
78Sofia Beggin (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
79Esther van Veen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:11:20 
80Urska Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:14:01 
81Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipollini0:15:11 
82Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
83Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
84Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
85Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM  
86Sarah Rijkes (Aut) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
87Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
88Louise Hansen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling0:15:19 
89Sophie Wright (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:17:26 
90Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
91Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-SRAM  
92Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
93Sara Penton (Swe) Team Virtu Cycling  
OTLSuzanne Verhoeven (Bel) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
OTLMarie Dessart (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
OTLJessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
OTLLauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
OTLBelle de Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFHarriet Owen (GBr) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
DNFChristina Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
DNFEsther Meisels (Isr) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
DNFBarbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
DNFElizaveta Oshurkova (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look  
DNFAlice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink  
DNFVeronika Anna Kormos (Hun) Health Mate-Ladies Team  
DNFLiza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
DNFNicole Steigenga (Ned) BePink  
DNFOlga Deyko (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look  
DNFElena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
DNFAnastasiia Pliaskina (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look  
DNFSeverine Eraud (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
DNFPascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
DNFSaartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
DNFMieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
DNFAshleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv  
DNFPaulien Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv  
DNFDanique Braam (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFGulnaz Badykova (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look  
DNFLiane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women  
DNFGloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
DNFDiana Carolina Peñuela Martinez (Col) Ale Cipollini  
DNFChloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini  
DNFAnja Longyka (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFUrska Bravec (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFLauren Stephens (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFRozanne Slik (Ned) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFNina Kessler (Ned) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFAngelica Brogi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
DNFGabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
DNFSimona Frapporti (Ita) BePink  
DNFRuth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women  
DNFChantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFMarie Soleil Blais (Can) Astana Women's Team  
DNFMarina Kurnossova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team  
DNFRasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
DNFNicole Nesti (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
DNFNina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFVania Canvelli (Ita) BePink  
DNFLara Vieceli (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  


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