Annemiek van Vleuten wins Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes

After two second places, Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) finished her Ardennes Classics campaign with a solo victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes. The world time trial champion attacked on the Côte de la Redoute with 32 km to go and increased her advantage all the time, finishing almost two minutes ahead of the chasing group.

"This was really high on my list and to finish off my spring with another win and three second places after my knee injury, I’m super happy," Van Vleuten said in a team press release.

Behind Van Vleuten, a group of around fifteen riders came to Liège. Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb) attacked in the final kilometres to take second place, and Demi Vollering (Parkhotel Valkenburg) won the sprint to round out an all-Dutch podium.

How it happened

Despite the name, the women's Liège-Bastogne-Liège started in Bastogne for a 138.5km course that included five classified climbs, the Wanne, Brume, La Vecquée, La Redoute, and La Roche-aux-Faucons, and many unnamed hills in the Ardennes. The finish was changed from the last years' uphill drag in the suburb of Ans to a flat finish in the centre of Liège. Like the Flèche Wallonne Féminine, the race was not broadcast live anywhere. From 2020, a live broadcast of minimum 45 minutes per day is mandatory for UCI Women's WorldTour races.

In cold and rainy conditions that led to several mechanicals and punctures, there was no early breakaway. Urska Bravec (BTC City Ljubljana) went on a solo break after 36 km, but the young Slovenian was never ahead by more than 30 seconds and was caught on the Côte de Wanne as Mitchelton-Scott kept the pace high in the peloton.

Maria Novolodskaya (Cogeas-Mettler) took the mountain prize atop the Côte de Wanne and repeated this on the Côte de Brume. She continued her attack after the climb and was joined by Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb). The Russian-Canadian duo built an advantage of up to 1:30 minutes and stayed in front for 40 kilometres, but the peloton was not far behind when they started the Côte de la Redoute.

Capitalising on the work of her teammates earlier in the race, Van Vleuten made her move on the steep slopes and passed the two escapees. Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo), on the bike of teammate Lizzie Deignan after an earlier mechanical, tried to follow Van Vleuten, but the 36-year-old crested the climb with an advantage of 25 seconds.

As Van Vleuten settled in for a long solo, a chase group formed behind her that included most of the favourites. Deignan attacked from this group, and at the 20km mark, the Briton was 45 seconds behind Van Vleuten and ten seconds ahead of the group of chasers.

On the final climb, the Côte de Roche-aux-Faucons, Longo Borghini and Annika Langvad bridged to Deignan. But Van Vleuten continued to ride strongly – at the top of the climb, she was 1:20 seconds ahead of the chase trio and 1:50 seconds ahead of the next group with Van der Breggen and many other big names. The world time trial champion increased her advantage to two minutes with 10 km to go, and her win was virtually certain at that point.

While Van Vleuten was riding towards victory, the second chase group closed the gap to the trio in the streets of Liège. Mackaij took everyone by surprise with a late attack and held on for second place, 1:39 minutes behind Van Vleuten, while Vollering won the sprint of the group for third place. With her victory, Van Vleuten also takes the lead in the UCI Women’s WorldTour ranking. Sofia Bertizzolo (Team Virtu Cycling) continues to lead the youth ranking.


Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women3:42:10
2Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:01:39
3Demi Vollering (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:01:43
4Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 3 - Cell 2
5Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 4 - Cell 2
6Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAMRow 5 - Cell 2
7Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 6 - Cell 2
8Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAMRow 7 - Cell 2
9Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 8 - Cell 2
10Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 10 - Cell 2
12Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 12 - Cell 2
14Annika Langvad (Den) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Julie Van de Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:01:55
16Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Margarita Victo Garcia Cañellas (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:02:05
18Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women0:02:47
19Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 18 - Cell 2
20Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 19 - Cell 2
21Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-LivRow 20 - Cell 2
22Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jolanda Neff (Swi) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 22 - Cell 2
24Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team WomenRow 23 - Cell 2
25Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) BePinkRow 24 - Cell 2
26Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) WNT-Rotor Pro CyclingRow 27 - Cell 2
29Maria Novolodskaya (Rus) Cogeas Mettler LookRow 28 - Cell 2
30Eider Merino Cortazar (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 29 - Cell 2
31Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb WomenRow 30 - Cell 2
32Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:03:06
33Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:04:18
34Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 33 - Cell 2
35Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 34 - Cell 2
36Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 35 - Cell 2
37Elise Chabbey (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Anouska Koster (Ned) Team Virtu CyclingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Nikola Noskova (Cze) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Antri Christoforou (Cyp) Cogeas Mettler LookRow 39 - Cell 2
41Riejanne Markus (Ned) CCC-LivRow 40 - Cell 2
42Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 41 - Cell 2
43Eva Buurman (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:04:21
46Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women0:05:56
47Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink0:06:16
48Elizabeth Banks (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Agnieszka Skalniak (Pol) CCC-LivRow 48 - Cell 2
50Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 49 - Cell 2
51Alison Jackson (Can) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 50 - Cell 2
52Olga Shekel (Ukr) Astana Women's TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City LjubljanaRow 52 - Cell 2
54Leigh Ganzar (USA)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Danielle Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 54 - Cell 2
56Kathrin Hammes (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro CyclingRow 55 - Cell 2
57Marion Sicot (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 56 - Cell 2
58Anastasiia Chursina (Rus) BTC City LjubljanaRow 57 - Cell 2
59Lindsay Goldman (USA) Hagens Berman-SupermintRow 58 - Cell 2
60Shannon Malseed (Aus) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 59 - Cell 2
61Rachel Neylan (Aus) Team Virtu CyclingRow 60 - Cell 2
62Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Team Virtu CyclingRow 61 - Cell 2
63Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 62 - Cell 2
64Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 63 - Cell 2
65Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAMRow 64 - Cell 2
66Whitney Allison (USA) Hagens Berman-SupermintRow 65 - Cell 2
67Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 66 - Cell 2
68Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 67 - Cell 2
69Carmela Cipriani (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano0:07:27
70Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM0:07:29
71Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:07:52
72Erica Magnaldi (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:09:13
73Lorena Llamas Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 72 - Cell 2
74Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale Cipollini0:09:53
75Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 74 - Cell 2
76Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) CCC-LivRow 75 - Cell 2
77Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb WomenRow 76 - Cell 2
78Sofia Beggin (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 77 - Cell 2
79Esther van Veen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:11:20
80Urska Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:14:01
81Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipollini0:15:11
82Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 81 - Cell 2
83Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 82 - Cell 2
84Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 83 - Cell 2
85Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAMRow 84 - Cell 2
86Sarah Rijkes (Aut) WNT-Rotor Pro CyclingRow 85 - Cell 2
87Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 86 - Cell 2
88Louise Hansen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling0:15:19
89Sophie Wright (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:17:26
90Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-SRAMRow 90 - Cell 2
92Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 91 - Cell 2
93Sara Penton (Swe) Team Virtu CyclingRow 92 - Cell 2
OTLSuzanne Verhoeven (Bel) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
OTLMarie Dessart (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 94 - Cell 2
OTLJessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 95 - Cell 2
OTLLauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 96 - Cell 2
OTLBelle de Gast (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFHarriet Owen (GBr) Hagens Berman-SupermintRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFChristina Schweinberger (Aut) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFEsther Meisels (Isr) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFBarbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFElizaveta Oshurkova (Rus) Cogeas Mettler LookRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFAlice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePinkRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFVeronika Anna Kormos (Hun) Health Mate-Ladies TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFLiza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman-SupermintRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFNicole Steigenga (Ned) BePinkRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFOlga Deyko (Rus) Cogeas Mettler LookRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFElena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFAnastasiia Pliaskina (Rus) Cogeas Mettler LookRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFSeverine Eraud (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFPascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFSaartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFMieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFAshleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-LivRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFPaulien Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-LivRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFDanique Braam (Ned) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFGulnaz Badykova (Rus) Cogeas Mettler LookRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFLiane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb WomenRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFGloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFDiana Carolina Peñuela Martinez (Col) Ale CipolliniRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFChloe Hosking (Aus) Ale CipolliniRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFAnja Longyka (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFUrska Bravec (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFLauren Stephens (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFRozanne Slik (Ned) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFNina Kessler (Ned) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFAngelica Brogi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFGabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) WNT-Rotor Pro CyclingRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFSimona Frapporti (Ita) BePinkRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFRuth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFChantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFMarie Soleil Blais (Can) Astana Women's TeamRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFMarina Kurnossova (Kaz) Astana Women's TeamRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFRasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFNicole Nesti (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-VaianoRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFNina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFVania Canvelli (Ita) BePinkRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFLara Vieceli (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro CyclingRow 139 - Cell 2


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