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Lizzie Deignan wins Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes

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Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) attacked with 30km to go to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) attacked with 30km to go to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) with her teammates at the start

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) with her teammates at the start (Image credit: Getty Images)
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World champion Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) with Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo)

World champion Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) with Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Riders faced tough conditions in Liege-Bastonge-Liege

Riders faced tough conditions in Liege-Bastonge-Liege (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Hannah Barnes (Canyon SRAM) in action at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Hannah Barnes (Canyon SRAM) in action at Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The women's peloton in the 2020 Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The women's peloton in the 2020 Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Annemiek Van Vleuten (Mitchelton Scott)

Annemiek Van Vleuten (Mitchelton Scott) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) attacked with 30km to go to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) attacked with 30km to go to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The chasing group in Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes

The chasing group in Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The main group of favourites in Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes

The main group of favourites in Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The peloton during the 2020 Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes

The peloton during the 2020 Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) attacked with 30km to go to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) attacked with 30km to go to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) on the attack in Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes

Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) on the attack in Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) on the podium in Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) on the podium in Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) wins Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes 2020

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) wins Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The podium in Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes

The podium in Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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(Image credit: Getty Images)

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) has won Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes. Part of a nine-rider front group that went clear with over 50km to go, Deignan went clear on the Côte de La Redoute 30km from the finish, opening a gap of almost a minute.

On the last climb, the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons, Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) dropped the rest of the group to chase Deignan, but she never came closer than 10 seconds and ultimately finished in second place. Deignan's teammate Ellen van Dijk anticipated the sprint to take third place.

“I think the nicest thing about this team is that we are allowed to race on instinct and not to fear failure”, explained Deignan after the race. “I thought, I need to be over La Redoute before Anna [van der Breggen] and Annemiek [van Vleuten] and Elisa [Longo Borghini]. So I just raced on instinct.”

Reflecting on the final where Brown came closer and closer, Deignan said: “It was really horrible. In the end, I decided to try to chase the motorbikes in front of me rather than think about her behind me, because mentally it is just cracking you when you think like that. I knew that she would descend faster than me, so I was just praying the line would come quicker.”

How it unfolded

It was an early morning start for the women’s peloton in Bastogne. They rolled out on the 135km course to Liège in the cold and rain, though the rain stopped during the race and the sun came out eventually.

Helped by a strong tailwind, the pace was very high, and there was no breakaway for a long time until a group of eight riders went clear shortly before the Côte de la Vecquée. Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans), Juliette Labous (Team Sunweb), Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM), Deignan, Van Dijk, Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv), Katrine Aalerud (Movistar Team) and Marlen Reusser (Équipe Paule Ka) quickly gained a one-minute advantage, and Brown bridged to the front on the Vecquée climb.

These nine riders entered the Côte de La Redoute 1:30 minutes ahead of the peloton. Halfway up, Deignan accelerated and dropped the rest of the group, cresting the top solo about 30 seconds ahead.

Further behind, Demi Vollering (Parkhotel Valkenburg) set the pace and made several attacks to fracture the peloton. Only Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), Liane Lippert (Team Sunweb), and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) able to follow Vollering all the way to the top, though more riders joined from behind in the following kilometres.

20km from the finish, Deignan was almost a minute ahead of the first chase group where there was no real cooperation and Van Dijk chased down any attacks. 2:20 minutes behind the leader, Uttrup Ludwig was driving the second chase group of about 20 riders.

On the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons, Brown attacked from the chase group to go after Deignan on her own. The 28-year-old Australian was 32 second behind at the top of the climb and threw herself into the descent into Liège. She had Deignan in sight several times on the twisty run-in but could not close the gap completely, finishing as runner-up nine seconds behind Deignan who could celebrate her third one-day race victory of the season and resume the lead of the UCI Women’s WorldTour.

Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo Women 3:29:48
2Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:00:09
3Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:02:19
4Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv
5Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
6Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:02:21
7Marlen Reusser (Swi) Equipe Paule Ka
8Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb Women
9Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar Team Women 0:02:26
10Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women 0:03:27
11Demi Vollering (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
12Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women
13Elise Chabbey (Swi) Equipe Paule Ka
14Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women
15Soraya Paladin (Ita) CCC-Liv
16Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv
17Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
18Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
19Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-Sram Racing
20Kristen Faulkner (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
21Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Equipe Paule Ka
22Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
23Margarita Victoria Garcia Cañellas (Spa) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
24Chantal Van den Broek-Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
25Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:03:33
26Anna Van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:03:35
27Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) Equipe Paule Ka 0:03:38
28Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:03:40
29Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team 0:04:12
30Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
31Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
32Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women
33Katia Ragusa (Ita) Astana Women's Team
34Sandra Levenez (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
35Urska Pintar (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
36Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
37Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:04:28
38Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:04:38
39Alison Jackson (Can) Team Sunweb Women 0:05:52
40Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:06:53
41Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women 0:08:39
42Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
43Anastasiia Chursina (Rus) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:08:59
44Maria Novolodskaya (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro
45Diana Klimova (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro 0:09:30
46Nancy Van der Burg (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
47Rossella Ratto (Ita) Chevalmeire
48Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing
49Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
50Paula Andrea Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women
51Lara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
52Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport 0:10:51
53Sara Van de Vel (Bel) Ciclotel
54Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:11:03
55Nina Kessler (Ned) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
56Brodie Chapman (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFGeorgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott Women
DNFAlexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-Sram Racing
DNFElena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-Sram Racing
DNFHanna Nilsson (Swe) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFAnouska Koster (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFRomy Kasper (Ger) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFNina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFEva Buurman (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
DNFJanneke Ensing (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women
DNFJessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
DNFVictorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFWilma Olausson (Swe) Team Sunweb Women
DNFKim De Baat (Bel) Ciclotel
DNFOmer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-Sram Racing
DNFAlice Coutinho (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
DNFNoemie Abgrall (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
DNFCoralie Demay (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
DNFKelly Van den Steen (Bel) Chevalmeire
DNFDemmy Druyts (Bel) Chevalmeire
DNFSouyris Manon (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
DNFValeriya Kononenko (Ukr) Ciclotel
DNFGjøs Martine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
DNFOlha Kulynych (Ukr) Ciclotel
DNFLucie Jounier (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNFAmandine Fouquenet (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNFLéa Curinier (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNFPauline Allin (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNFGiulia Marchesini (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
DNFKirstie Van Haaften (Ned) Ciclotel
DNFJeanne Korevaar (Ned) CCC-Liv
DNFPuck Moonen (Ned) Chevalmeire
DNFGladys Verhulst (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNFSofia Collinelli (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
DNFEmily Newsom (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
DNFSharlotte Lucas (NZl) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
DNFLeah Dixon (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
DNFIndia Grangier (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
DNFPauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv
DNFLetizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
DNFSofia Bertizzolo (Ita) CCC-Liv
DNFAnna Plichta (Pol) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFKarol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
DNFLucy Van der Haar (GBr) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
DNFIngrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
DNFMieke Kröger (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
DNFBlanca Liliana Moreno Canchon (Col) Astana Women's Team
DNFLaura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
DNFCarmela Cipriani (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
DNFJulie Van de Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFNikola Noskova (Cze) Bigla-Katusha
DNFVigie Margaux (Fra) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFSilvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFFederica Piergiovanni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFDanielle Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFSarah Rijkes (Aut) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
DNFArianna Fidanza (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFErica Magnaldi (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
DNFLourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Movistar Team Women
DNFAlicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women
DNFMarta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
DNFJade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFLauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFVittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFNicole Hanselmann (Swi) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
DNFTayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFRasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
DNFMarieke Van Witzenburg (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
DNFVan Eynde Fien (Bel)
DNFChristina Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
DNFDanique Braam (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFMieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
DNFAnastasia Carbonari (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
DNFShekel Olga (Ukr) Astana Women's Team
DNFFrancesca Pattaro (Ita) Astana Women's Team
DNFNoemi Rüegg (Swi) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro
DNFAigul Gareeva (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro
DNFIuliia Galimullina (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro
DNFAnnabel Fisher (GBr) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro
DNFLone Meertens (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFKathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
DNSJulie Leth (Den) Ceratizit-WNT Pro

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