Niewiadoma wins Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition

Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) won the 2019 Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition, attacking on the final climb of the Cauberg and holding off Annemiek Van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) in a dramatic pursuit.

The Polish rider had looked strong on previous ascents of the Cauberg and surged away from an elite group of 15 as the race hit the famous climb for the final time. Van Vleuten was late to respond but made her way up past Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) to crest in second place, leaving a nail-biting 1.8 km run-in to the line.

The time trial world champion gained and gained time on the leader, but ran out of road. Niewiadoma could sit up and celebrate in the final 15 metres, with Van Vleuten now right on her back, but the victory was by then secure.

“To be honest, I still cannot believe what happened,” Niewiadoma said. “I’m filled with so many different emotions. I’m just shivering now, inside, like, ‘Oh my god – what have I done?’ I’ve been wanting so much to win the Amstel Gold Race. I’ve been dreaming about it, and it just happened. A dream came true. It’s just so amazing. It’s beautiful.”

How it happened

With 19 classified climbs on 126.8 kilometres through southern Limburg, the women’s Amstel Gold Race offered a challenging course. The first ten hills were on a big loop that was followed by three laps of a finishing circuit with the Geulhemmerberg, Bemelerberg, and Cauberg.

A group of seven riders attacked four kilometres into the race and built a huge gap of more than five minutes with just under 100km to go. This came down again as the pace increased in the peloton on the Plettenberg with 76km to go, leading to the first splits. The attacks continued on the next hill, and an elite group of 14 chasers formed after the Fromberg.

An attack by Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) on the first of four ascents of the Cauberg split the chasing group that reformed on the descent and caught the four remaining escapees just before the Geulhemmerberg. Although there were several attacks, nobody got away until Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo), returning to racing after her maternity leave, made a move with 41km to go.

The Briton rode away while the rest of the group was caught by the peloton, but the race was reset on the Cauberg. Deignan got passed by a select group of Van Vleuten, Niewiadoma, Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo), Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla), and Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans).

Things came back together on the descent, and 19 riders entered the Geulhemmerberg together. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), Katie Hall (Boels Dolmans) and Longo Borghini attacked and got away. The trio held a twenty-second gap onto the penultimate ascent of the Cauberg with 20 km to go where Niewiadoma attacked from the chase group and bridged to the front.

The lead trio was reeled in at the top of the Geulhemmerberg with 15km left to race, prompting a counterattack by Longo Borghini who went solo and held an advantage of 25 seconds with 9km to go. After a move by Van Vleuten on the Bemelerberg came to nothing, Moolman-Pasio and Spratt countered and could bridge to Longo Borghini 5 km from the finish.

As the three could not agree to work together, they were caught in the descent before the Cauberg. Alison Jackson (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) took her heart in both hands and attacked into the climb. She was reeled in by Van Vleuten just as Niewiadoma attacked on the right side of the road with Vos in her wheel. The Pole continued to push the pace and eventually shook off a fading Vos while Van Vleuten went on the pursuit, passing Vos at the top of the climb with 1.8km to go.

Niewiadoma’s advantage shrunk more and more on the long finishing straight and was down to only seconds at the flamme rouge, but she persisted and managed to hold off Van Vleuten. Vos led home a small group seconds later to finish third. An eighth place was enough for Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling) to defend her lead in the UCI Women’s WorldTour ranking.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon - SRAM Racing3:25:48
2Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton Scott0:00:00
3Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC - Liv0:00:10
4Annika Langvad (Den) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:00:10
6Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Bigla0:00:10
7Demi Vollering (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 6 - Cell 2
8Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling0:00:30
9Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 8 - Cell 2
10Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 10 - Cell 2
12Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek - Segafredo0:00:33
13Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:01:06
14Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek - SegafredoRow 13 - Cell 2
15Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope0:01:09
16Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC - Liv0:02:01
17Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb0:02:27
18Ruth Winder (USA) Trek - SegafredoRow 17 - Cell 2
19Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek - SegafredoRow 18 - Cell 2
20Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:04:02
22Margarita Victo Garcia Cañellas (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 21 - Cell 2
23Julie Van De Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 22 - Cell 2
24Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:05:04
25Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon - SRAM RacingRow 25 - Cell 2
27Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team SunwebRow 26 - Cell 2
28Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 27 - Cell 2
29Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team SunwebRow 28 - Cell 2
30Anouska Koster (Ned) Team Virtu CyclingRow 29 - Cell 2
31Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale CipolliniRow 30 - Cell 2
32Rachel Neylan (Aus) Team Virtu CyclingRow 31 - Cell 2
33Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 32 - Cell 2
34Marion Sicot (Fra) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women CyclingRow 33 - Cell 2
35Nikola Noskova (Cze) BiglaRow 34 - Cell 2
36Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek - SegafredoRow 35 - Cell 2
37Elise Chabbey (Swi) BiglaRow 36 - Cell 2
38Sophie Wright (GBr) BiglaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon - SRAM Racing0:05:09
40Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb0:05:10
41Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) CCC - LivRow 40 - Cell 2
42Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek - SegafredoRow 41 - Cell 2
43Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:06:06
44Elizabeth Banks (GBr) Bigla0:09:01
45Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 44 - Cell 2
46Shannon Malseed (Aus) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 45 - Cell 2
47Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 46 - Cell 2
48Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women0:10:00
49Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 48 - Cell 2
DNFJip Van Den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 49 - Cell 2
DNFKarlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale CipolliniRow 50 - Cell 2
DNFDiana Carolina Peñuela Martinez (Col) Ale CipolliniRow 51 - Cell 2
DNFNadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 52 - Cell 2
DNFChloe Hosking (Aus) Ale CipolliniRow 53 - Cell 2
DNFMikayla Harvey (NZl) BiglaRow 54 - Cell 2
DNFElena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon - SRAM RacingRow 55 - Cell 2
DNFTiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon - SRAM RacingRow 56 - Cell 2
DNFAlexis Ryan (USA) Canyon - SRAM RacingRow 57 - Cell 2
DNFRiejanne Markus (Ned) CCC - LivRow 58 - Cell 2
DNFPaulien Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC - LivRow 59 - Cell 2
DNFAgnieszka Skalniak (Pol) CCC - LivRow 60 - Cell 2
DNFTetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women CyclingRow 61 - Cell 2
DNFSeverine Eraud (Fra) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women CyclingRow 62 - Cell 2
DNFJesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women CyclingRow 63 - Cell 2
DNFMieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women CyclingRow 64 - Cell 2
DNFAnisha Vekemans (Bel) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women CyclingRow 65 - Cell 2
DNFShara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 66 - Cell 2
DNFLauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 67 - Cell 2
DNFCharlotte Becker (Ger) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 68 - Cell 2
DNFLara Defour (Bel) Health Mate - Ladies TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
DNFVeronika Anna Kormos (Hun) Health Mate - Ladies TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
DNFEsther Meisels (Isr) Health Mate - Ladies TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFChristina Perchtold (Aut) Health Mate - Ladies TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
DNFZsófia Szabó (Hun) Health Mate - Ladies TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
DNFKylie Waterreus (Ned) Health Mate - Ladies TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
DNFDanielle Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFDemi De Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFDanique Braam (Ned) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFPuck Moonen (Ned) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFKelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFLucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFMoniek Tenniglo (Ned) Mitchelton ScottRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFGracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFGrace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFAlicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFSheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFGloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFBelle De Gast (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFRoxane Knetemann (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFNina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFLiane Lippert (Ger) Team SunwebRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFCoryn Rivera (USA) Team SunwebRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFNina Kessler (Ned) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFRozanne Slik (Ned) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFLauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFKatrine Aalerud (Nor) Team Virtu CyclingRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFSofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFBarbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFBarbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFVittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFDalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar Cylance CyclingRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFKathrin Hammes (Ger) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFAnna Badegruber (Aut) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFAafke Soet (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFLaura Asencio (Fra) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFSarah Rijkes (Aut) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFLea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 107 - Cell 2

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