Brown breaks through at Liège-Bastogne-Liège

LIEGE BELGIUM OCTOBER 04 Grace Brown of Australia and Team Mitchelton Scott during the 4th Liege Bastogne Liege 2020 Women Elite a 135km race from Bastogne to Liege LBL LBLwomen classiquesardennes on October 04 2020 in Liege Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Grace Brown of Mitchelton-Scott finished second at 2020 Liege Bastogne Liege 2020 Women Elite (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The final of Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes saw the breakthrough of Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) at the highest level of racing. The 28-year-old Australian attacked from the chase group of eight on the steepest part of the final climb, the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons, 14km from the finish in a bid to close the 50-second gap to Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo), who had attacked on the Côte de La Redoute.

At the top of the climb, Brown was 32 seconds behind. Closing the gap even further on the descent, she had Deignan in her sight several times during the final kilometres as she reduced the gap to only 10 seconds. Coming onto the finishing straight, though, it was Deignan who could raise her arms in triumph while Brown finished as runner-up.

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.