Cavalli wins Amstel Gold Race Women

Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) won the Amstel Gold Race Women on Sunday, crossing the finish line alone. 

The former Italian champion attacked from a group of seven riders that had formed on the Cauberg and held off the chasers on the last two kilometres, reaching the line with a three-second advantage.

Demi Vollering (SD Worx) was fastest from the rest of the group for second place, while third went to Liane Lippert (Team DSM) in what was a tight sprint for the minor podium places. 

"It is an incredible feeling, my biggest victory so far,” said Marta Cavalli after the race. 

"In the last 50km, I felt a bit tired. I have to thank my sports director [Nicolas Maire], when we were at the top of the Cauberg the last time, he pushed me on the radio, ‘Marta, this is your moment, we have nothing to lose’. We started the season with the motto ‘all or nothing’, I attacked, and when I looked back after 500 metres, I saw a big gap. Then it was just pushing until the finish line.”

The pre-race reconnaissance ride was crucial to Cavalli’s victory.

"We spoke about this moment on the recon, when you are in the back of a group after the Cauberg, and in the front they slow down, that is the key moment to attack," she said.

How it unfolded

Starting in Maastricht in sunny, but cold weather, the 128.5-kilometre course with 19 named ascents meandered through South Limburg. Reaching the Cauberg after 70km and crossing the finish line for the first time two kilometres later, the race ended with three laps of a circuit including the Geulhemmerberg, Bemelerberg, and Cauberg.

After an early break had been caught, Anna Henderson (Team Jumbo-Visma) and Pauliena Rooijakkers (Canyon-SRAM) initiated a move with 85km to go that led to a front group of ten riders, also including Niewiadoma, Van Vleuten, Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo), Yara Kastelijn (Plantur-Pura), and the Team SD Worx quartet of Marlen Reusser, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Niamh Fisher-Black, and Vollering.

Van Vleuten, Niewiadoma, and Vollering attacked from this group on the steep Keutenberg with 68km to go while the others were reeled in, and soon after, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (Team SD Worx), Lippert, Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo), and Henderson joined the front group.

Their advantage fluctuated between 10 and 45 seconds, and Ane Santesteban (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) bridged after the first ascent of the Geulhemmerberg. Sofia Bertizzolo (UAE Team ADQ) also joined the front on the descent before the second Cauberg ascent where the group was caught.

The next to get away was Rooijakkers who attacked with 33km to go. After a few kilometres, she was joined by Amanda Spratt (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) and Arlenis Sierra (Movistar Team). At 40 seconds ahead of the peloton on the Bemelerberg with 27km to go, they started the final lap with only eight seconds on Margarita Victoria García (UAE Team ADQ) who had attacked just after the Cauberg and 13 seconds on a group of about 15 riders.

Although the gap grew a bit again, Rooijakkers, Spratt, and Sierra were eventually caught 10km from the line. After a flurry of unsuccessful attacks, Stine Borgli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) went solo with 6km to go, but she was reeled in again just before the turn into the Cauberg.

Mikayla Harvey (Canyon-SRAM) set the pace on the lower slopes of the final climb, then Floortje Mackaij (Team DSM) took over until Van Vleuten launched her trademark attack. Only Lippert could stay in her wheel, but as the climb flattened out towards the top, Niewiadoma, Vollering, Moolman-Pasio, García, and Cavalli all came back to the front.

At 1,800 metres from the line, Cavalli attacked on the left side of the road, surprising Moolman-Pasio who looked to the right to watch Van Vleuten. The 24-year-old Italian quickly got a sizeable gap and rode on to the finish, leaving only the second place for Vollering.

World Champion Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) won the sprint of the next group to place eighth and continues to lead the UCI Women’s WorldTour ranking.

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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marta Cavalli (Ita) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 3:17:41
2Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx 0:00:04
3Liane Lippert (Ger) Team DSM Women
4Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar Team Women
5Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-Sram Racing
6Mavi Garcia (Spa) UAE Team ADQ
7Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) SD Worx 0:00:07
8Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:00:09
9Coryn Rivera (USA) Jumbo-Visma Women
10Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
11Juliette Labous (Fra) Team DSM Women
12Alexandra Manly (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
13Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Plantur-Pura 0:00:11
14Riejanne Markus (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
15Erica Magnaldi (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
16Shirin van Anrooij (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:00:19
17Emma Norsgaard Bjerg (Den) Movistar Team Women 0:00:29
18Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Le Col Wahoo
19Marlen Reusser (Swi) SD Worx
20Silke Smulders (Ned) Liv Racing Xstra
21Mischa Bredewold (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
22Olivia Baril (Can) Valcar-Travel & Service
23Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team DSM Women
24Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) SD Worx
25Ingvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Team Coop-Hitec Products
26Maaike Boogaard (Ned) UAE Team ADQ
27Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
28Veronica Ewers (USA) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
29Julia Borgström (Swe) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
30Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
31Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women
32Anouska Koster (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
33Paula Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women
34Soraya Paladin (Ita) Canyon-Sram Racing
35Julie Van De Velde (Bel) Plantur-Pura
36Eider Merino Cortazar (Spa) Le Col Wahoo
37Inge van der Heijden (Ned) Plantur-Pura
38Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
39Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
40Arlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cub) Movistar Team Women 0:00:33
41Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team DSM Women 0:00:48
42Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
43Marie Le Net (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
44Laura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
45Elise Chabbey (Swi) Canyon-Sram Racing
46Anna Henderson (GBr) Jumbo-Visma Women
47Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
48Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Canyon-Sram Racing
49Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Human Powered Health Women
50Jade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:01:22
51Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Canyon-Sram Racing
52Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women
53Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (Ned) SD Worx
54Leah Thomas (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:01:56
55Amanda Spratt (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
56Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) SD Worx 0:02:07
57Quinty Ton (Ned) Liv Racing Xstra 0:04:18
58Marta Lach (Pol) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
59Federica Piergiovanni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
60Kathrin Hammes (Ger) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
61Valerie Demey (Bel) Liv Racing Xstra
62Femke Gerritse (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
63Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team DSM Women
64Caroline Andersson (Swe) Team Coop-Hitec Products
65Elizabeth Stannard (Aus) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:04:20
66Léa Curinier (Fra) Team DSM Women 0:05:06
67Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women
68Arianna Fidanza (Ita) BikeExchange-Jayco Women 0:06:42
69Nina Buijsman (Ned) Human Powered Health Women
70Josie Nelson (GBr) Team Coop-Hitec Products
71Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-Sram Racing
72Sara Poidevin (Can) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
73Georgia Williams (NZl) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
74Hannah Barnes (GBr) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
75Gladys Verhulst (Fra) Le Col Wahoo 0:07:00
76Lieke Nooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:10:45
77Aline Seitz (Swi) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
78Ilse Pluimers (Ned) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
79Anneke Dijkstra (Ned) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling
80Elena Pirrone (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
81Gaia Masetti (Ita) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
82Daniek Hengeveld (Ned) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling
83Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
84Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Human Powered Health Women
85Millie Couzens (GBr) Plantur-Pura
86Justine Ghekiere (Bel) Plantur-Pura
87Lara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
88Georgia Danford (NZl) Andy Schleck-CP Nvst-Immo Losch
89Maike Van der Duin (Ned) Le Col Wahoo
90Magdeleine Vallieres Mill (Can) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
91Anne Dorthe Ysland (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
92Anne Van Rooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
93Kiona Crabbé (Bel) Plantur-Pura
94Henrietta Colborne (GBr) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling
95Sophie Wright (GBr) UAE Team ADQ
96April Tacey (GBr) Le Col Wahoo
97Alice Towers (GBr) Le Col Wahoo
98Maureen Arens (Ned) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
99Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
100Nicole Steigenga (Ned) Team Coop-Hitec Products
101Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzb) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
102Stine Borgli (Nor) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
103Tamara Dronova (Rus) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
104Joscelin Lowden (GBr) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
105Lotte Claes (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
106Lauren Stephens (USA) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
107Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Human Powered Health Women
108Olha Kulynych (Ukr) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport 0:11:09
109Henrietta Christie (NZl) Human Powered Health Women
110Pien Limpens (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:11:11
111Sylvie Swinkels (Ned) Team Coop-Hitec Products 0:11:49
112Anastasia Carbonari (Ltu) Valcar-Travel & Service
113Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:12:07
114Kirstie van Haaften (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
115Lone Meertens (Bel) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
DNSKatrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar Team Women
DNSAnna Trevisi (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
DNSEva Buurman (Ned) Liv Racing Xstra
DNSAyesha McGowan (USA) Liv Racing Xstra
DNSEmilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNSAnniina Ahtosalo (Fin) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
DNSKatie Clouse (USA) Human Powered Health Women
DNSInes Cantera Carrasco (Spa) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
DNSRotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
DNSPetra Stiasny (Swi) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
DNSChelsie Tan (Sin) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
DNSFemke De Vries (Ned) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling
DNSCarola Van De Wetering (Ned) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling
DNSPetra Welmers (Ned) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling
DNSNaomi De Roeck (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
DNSLotte Popelier (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
DNSClaudia Jongerius (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
DNSLizbeth Yarely Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNSAmber Aernouts (Bel) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
DNSMichelle Andres (Swi) Andy Schleck-CP Nvst-Immo Losch
DNSLisa Müllenberg (Ned) Andy Schleck-CP Nvst-Immo Losch
DNSLena Mettraux (Swi) Andy Schleck-CP Nvst-Immo Losch
DNSCarolin Schiff (Ger) Andy Schleck-CP Nvst-Immo Losch
DNSAne Iversen (Nor) Team Coop-Hitec Products

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