Philippa York: Frustration lifts at spring saving Liège-Bastogne-Liège

LIEGE BELGIUM APRIL 24 Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl celebrates at finish line as race winner during the 108th Liege Bastogne Liege 2022 Mens Elite a 2572km one day race from Lige to Lige LBL WorldTour on April 24 2022 in Liege Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Remco Evenepoel (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) with team boss Patrick Lefevere behind after winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

As the women’s peloton approached the bottom of La Redoute at Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes it was looking like SD Worx had everything under control again, as with a super strong Marlen Reusser in the break they didn’t really need to do anything other than wait to see what developed on the Ardennes most famous climb. Then something strange happened.

Teammate Ashleigh Moolman Pasio hit the front and upped the pace with a very attentive Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) right on her wheel and the group quickly splintered into those who were going to be concerned by the win and those for whom the day was over. It seemed odd to be making the race harder when that’s exactly what Van Vleuten thrives on. However, Moolman Pasio obviously had orders to set a tempo that was fast enough to be hurting but not too much to put last year's Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes winner Demi Vollering in real trouble. 

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Philippa York