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Niewiadoma wins Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition

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A joyous Niewiadoma crosses the line

A joyous Niewiadoma crosses the line (Image credit: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
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Niewiadoma celebrates her victory

Niewiadoma celebrates her victory (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Katerine Aalerud on the ground after a crash

Katerine Aalerud on the ground after a crash (Image credit: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Alena Amialiusik and Chantal Blaak

Alena Amialiusik and Chantal Blaak (Image credit: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Annemiek Van Vleuten

Annemiek Van Vleuten (Image credit: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Eleonora van Dijk on the attack

Eleonora van Dijk on the attack (Image credit: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Niewiadoma, Marta Bastianelli and Ashleigh Moolman Pasio

Niewiadoma, Marta Bastianelli and Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (Image credit: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Shara Gillow goes solo

Shara Gillow goes solo (Image credit: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Ashleigh Moolman Pasio wheels her bike away

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio wheels her bike away (Image credit: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Van Vleuten, Bastianelli, Niewiadoma and Moolman Pasio

Van Vleuten, Bastianelli, Niewiadoma and Moolman Pasio (Image credit: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Boels-Dolmans on the front of the peloton

Boels-Dolmans on the front of the peloton (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The peloton roll through the Dutch countryside

The peloton roll through the Dutch countryside (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The lead group in the race finale

The lead group in the race finale (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Annemiek Van Vleuten and Katarzyna Niewiadoma battle it out in the finale

Annemiek Van Vleuten and Katarzyna Niewiadoma battle it out in the finale (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The final podium – Van Vleuten, Niewiadoma, Vos (L-R)

The final podium – Van Vleuten, Niewiadoma, Vos (L-R) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Anna van der Breggen in Boels-Dolmans' striking breast cancer research jersey

Anna van der Breggen in Boels-Dolmans' striking breast cancer research jersey (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Elisa Longo Borghini and Anna van der Breggen cross the line

Elisa Longo Borghini and Anna van der Breggen cross the line (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The peloton spread out across the road

The peloton spread out across the road (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Mitchelton-Scott controlling the peloton

Mitchelton-Scott controlling the peloton (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Elisa Balsamo, Marta Bastianelli and Alice Jackson cross the line

Elisa Balsamo, Marta Bastianelli and Alice Jackson cross the line (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Elizabeth Deignan returned to racing from maternity leave

Elizabeth Deignan returned to racing from maternity leave (Image credit: Getty Images)
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A long view of the tightly-packed peloton

A long view of the tightly-packed peloton (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Mitchelton-Scott did a lot of work on the front of the peloton

Mitchelton-Scott did a lot of work on the front of the peloton (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The peloton split to pieces over the day's hills

The peloton split to pieces over the day's hills (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Anna van der Breggen and Chantal Blaak

Anna van der Breggen and Chantal Blaak (Image credit: Getty Images)
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On the start line at the Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition 2019

On the start line at the Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition 2019 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Mitchelton Scott drive the pace at the Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition 2019

Mitchelton Scott drive the pace at the Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition 2019 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition 2019

Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition 2019 (Image credit: Getty Images)

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

#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 Cyclingteam
5Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:00:10
6Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Bigla0:00:10
7Demi Vollering (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
8Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling0:00:30
9Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank
10Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling
11Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott
12Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek - Segafredo0:00:33
13Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:01:06
14Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek - Segafredo
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 - Segafredo
19Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek - Segafredo
20Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
21Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:04:02
22Margarita Victo Garcia Cañellas (Spa) Movistar Team Women
23Julie Van De Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
24Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:05:04
25Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
26Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon - SRAM Racing
27Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb
28Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank
29Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb
30Anouska Koster (Ned) Team Virtu Cycling
31Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale Cipollini
32Rachel Neylan (Aus) Team Virtu Cycling
33Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling
34Marion Sicot (Fra) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling
35Nikola Noskova (Cze) Bigla
36Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek - Segafredo
37Elise Chabbey (Swi) Bigla
38Sophie Wright (GBr) Bigla
39Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon - SRAM Racing0:05:09
40Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb0:05:10
41Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) CCC - Liv
42Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek - Segafredo
43Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:06:06
44Elizabeth Banks (GBr) Bigla0:09:01
45Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope
46Shannon Malseed (Aus) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank
47Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope
48Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women0:10:00
49Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women
DNFJip Van Den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
DNFKarlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale Cipollini
DNFDiana Carolina Peñuela Martinez (Col) Ale Cipollini
DNFNadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale Cipollini
DNFChloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini
DNFMikayla Harvey (NZl) Bigla
DNFElena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon - SRAM Racing
DNFTiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon - SRAM Racing
DNFAlexis Ryan (USA) Canyon - SRAM Racing
DNFRiejanne Markus (Ned) CCC - Liv
DNFPaulien Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC - Liv
DNFAgnieszka Skalniak (Pol) CCC - Liv
DNFTetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling
DNFSeverine Eraud (Fra) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling
DNFJesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling
DNFMieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling
DNFAnisha Vekemans (Bel) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling
DNFShara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFLauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFCharlotte Becker (Ger) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFLara Defour (Bel) Health Mate - Ladies Team
DNFVeronika Anna Kormos (Hun) Health Mate - Ladies Team
DNFEsther Meisels (Isr) Health Mate - Ladies Team
DNFChristina Perchtold (Aut) Health Mate - Ladies Team
DNFZsófia Szabó (Hun) Health Mate - Ladies Team
DNFKylie Waterreus (Ned) Health Mate - Ladies Team
DNFDanielle Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFDemi De Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFDanique Braam (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFPuck Moonen (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFKelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFLucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott
DNFMoniek Tenniglo (Ned) Mitchelton Scott
DNFGracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton Scott
DNFGrace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton Scott
DNFAlicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women
DNFSheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women
DNFGloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women
DNFBelle De Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFRoxane Knetemann (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFNina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFLiane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb
DNFCoryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb
DNFNina Kessler (Ned) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank
DNFRozanne Slik (Ned) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank
DNFLauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank
DNFKatrine Aalerud (Nor) Team Virtu Cycling
DNFSofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling
DNFBarbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling
DNFBarbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling
DNFVittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling
DNFIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling
DNFDalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling
DNFKathrin Hammes (Ger) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team
DNFAnna Badegruber (Aut) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team
DNFAafke Soet (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team
DNFLaura Asencio (Fra) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team
DNFSarah Rijkes (Aut) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team
DNFLea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team

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