Annemiek van Vleuten wins Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) soloed to victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes to claim the race for the second time in her career. With her attack on the Côte de La Redoute, the 39-year-old Dutchwomen caught the breakaway, where only Marlen Reusser (Team SD Worx) could stay on her wheel. With the chase group coming ever closer, Van Vleuten sat up again after eight kilometres.

Grace Brown (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) counterattacked, but Van Vleuten made her final move on the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons where she dropped everyone and went past Brown to go solo and increased her advantage on the run-in to Liège. She came home 43 seconds ahead of a group of five, where Brown beat Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) in the sprint for second place.

“To have the confidence today to go all-out twice and have it work out, that’s the best. It could have been an option to go all-out only on the Roche-aux-Faucons. But it is a new final, you don’t have the Saint-Nicolas anymore, and I know that I have better chances when I go all-out twice. It’s like with good wine, the strength also comes with age, and the more efforts I make, the more chances I have to break away,” said Van Vleuten after the race.

Although nobody could follow her on the climbs, Van Vleuten had to pedal hard into a headwind all the way to the finish line to keep the chasers behind her

“I knew already this morning that it would be hard for a solo breakaway because if they start to chase and work together, they have an advantage with the wind and would catch me. There was just one option, aero, time trial mode, and give everything,” she said.

How it unfolded

Starting in the spring sunshine of Bastogne, the women’s peloton faced seven categorised climbs on the 142.1-kilometre course to Liège. After a breakaway of four had been caught on the Côte de la Haute-Levée halfway through the race, eight riders took off from the peloton.

Reusser, Sara Martín (Movistar Team), Leah Thomas (Trek-Segafredo), Soraya Paladin (Canyon-SRAM), Évita Muzic (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), Amanda Spratt (Team BikeExchange-Jayco), Leah Kirchmann (Team DSM), and Clara Honsinger (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB) built an advantage of up to 1:18 minutes, but the work of UAE Team ADQ reduced the gap to 45 seconds at the bottom of the Côte de La Redoute.

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Team SD Worx) set a hard pace on the lower slopes with Van Vleuten in her wheel, closing the gap further. Van Vleuten’s attack a kilometre from the top of La Redoute then blew apart what was left of the peloton, and when she flew past the breakaway, only Reusser could stay on the Dutch veteran’s wheel.

Reusser never took turns as she had Vollering and Moolman-Pasio in the group just behind where Thomas and Muzic did most of the chase work, and eventually Van Vleuten decided to sit up and let the chasers come up.

The counterattack of Pauliena Rooijakkers (Canyon-SRAM) was neutralised by Moolman-Pasio, but Brown then got away. With no real cooperation in the group behind, the Australian started the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucon with a 20-second advantage.

However, Van Vleuten’s final attack quickly closed this gap, and Brown could not follow the 39-year-old’s pace on the steep climb. Brown, her teammate Marta Cavalli, Vollering, and Moolman-Pasio formed the group behind Van Vleuten on the final kilometres to Liège and kept the gap below 20 seconds for a good while.

However, they never came any closer than that and eventually conceded the victory, focussing on the sprint for second place instead. 43 seconds after Van Vleuten had crossed the line, Moolman-Pasio started a long sprint but was passed by Brown and Vollering just before the finish.

With the spring Classics finished, Van Vleuten is now third in the UCI Women’s WorldTour ranking behind Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx) and Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) while 16th-placed Shirin van Anrooij (Trek-Segafredo) extended her lead in the U23 ranking.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar Team Women 3:52:32
2Grace Brown (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:00:43
3Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx
4Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) SD Worx
5Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women
6Marta Cavalli (Ita) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:00:47
7Arlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cub) Movistar Team Women 0:01:58
8Liane Lippert (Ger) Team DSM Women
9Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-Sram Racing
10Amanda Spratt (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
11Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Canyon-Sram Racing
12Juliette Labous (Fra) Team DSM Women 0:02:05
13Mavi Garcia (Spa) UAE Team ADQ 0:02:55
14Anouska Koster (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
15Soraya Paladin (Ita) Canyon-Sram Racing
16Shirin van Anrooij (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women
17Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
18Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) SD Worx
19Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Plantur-Pura
20Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
21Marlen Reusser (Swi) SD Worx
22Anna Henderson (GBr) Jumbo-Visma Women
23Leah Thomas (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women
24Urska Pintar (Slo) UAE Team ADQ
25Sandra Levenez (Fra) Cofidis Women Team
26Julie Van De Velde (Bel) Plantur-Pura 0:03:01
27Sara Martin Martin (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:04:28
28Clara Honsinger (USA) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
29Elise Chabbey (Swi) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:04:49
30Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) SD Worx
31Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team DSM Women
32Morgane Coston (Fra) Arkea Team
33Alexandra Manly (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
34Anaïs Morichon (Fra) Arkea Team
35Paula Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women
36Olivia Baril (Can) Valcar-Travel & Service
37Erica Magnaldi (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
38Amber Kraak (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
39Kathrin Hammes (Ger) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
40Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women
41Yuliia Biriukova (Ukr) Arkea Team
42Tamara Dronova (Rus) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad 0:06:09
43Anna Christian (GBr) Le Col Wahoo
44Joscelin Lowden (GBr) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
45Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
46Quinty Schoens (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
47Rachel Neylan (Aus) Cofidis Women Team
48Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-Sram Racing
49Georgia Williams (NZl) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
50Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Canyon-Sram Racing
51Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar Team Women 0:08:20
52Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team DSM Women
53Mie Bjørndal Ottestad (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women 0:08:39
54Cedrine Kerbaol (Fra) Cofidis Women Team
55Quinty Ton (Ned) Liv Racing Xstra 0:11:34
56Lotte Claes (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
57Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
58Brodie Chapman (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
59Mischa Bredewold (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
60Eugenia Bujak (Slo) UAE Team ADQ 0:12:57
61Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing Xstra
62Lauren Stephens (USA) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
63Magdeleine Vallieres Mill (Can) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
64Francesca Barale (Ita) Team DSM Women
65Aafke Soet (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women
66Mijntje Geurts (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
67Mieke Docx (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
68Nina Buijsman (Ned) Human Powered Health Women
69Femke Gerritse (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
70Anastasia Carbonari (Ltu) Valcar-Travel & Service
71Alice Towers (GBr) Le Col Wahoo
72Nina Berton (Lux) Andy Schleck-CP Nvst-Immo Losch
73Marta Jaskulska (Pol) Liv Racing Xstra
74Jade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
75Elizabeth Stannard (Aus) Valcar-Travel & Service
76Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Human Powered Health Women
77Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing Xstra
78Hannah Barnes (GBr) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
OTLNina Kessler (Ned) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
OTLLéa Curinier (Fra) Team DSM Women
OTLAnne Dorthe Ysland (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
OTLRotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
OTLPetra Stiasny (Swi) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
OTLCarlotta Cipressi (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
OTLFederica Piergiovanni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
OTLAnne Van Rooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
OTLKiona Crabbé (Bel) Plantur-Pura
OTLFlora Perkins (GBr) Le Col Wahoo
OTLJesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Le Col Wahoo
OTLAlana Castrique (Bel) Cofidis Women Team
OTLOlha Kulynych (Ukr) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
OTLMarketa Hájková (Cze) BePink
OTLPrisca Savi (Ita) BePink
OTLMatilde Vitillo (Ita) BePink
OTLIsabelle Klein (Lux) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
OTLChantal van den Broek-Blaak (Ned) SD Worx
DNFJelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women
DNFAudrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFTayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFStine Borgli (Nor) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFJessica Allen (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women
DNFLinda Zanetti (Swi) UAE Team ADQ
DNFKatia Ragusa (Ita) Liv Racing Xstra
DNFAnniina Ahtosalo (Fin) Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
DNFHenrietta Christie (NZl) Human Powered Health Women
DNFKatie Clouse (USA) Human Powered Health Women
DNFBarbara Malcotti (Ita) Human Powered Health Women
DNFHannah Buch (Ger) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
DNFLéa Stern (Swi) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
DNFBelle de Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFKirstie van Haaften (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFMillie Couzens (GBr) Plantur-Pura
DNFInge van der Heijden (Ned) Plantur-Pura
DNFElizabeth Holden (GBr) Le Col Wahoo
DNFPauline Allin (Fra) Arkea Team
DNFAmandine Fouquenet (Fra) Arkea Team
DNFTyphaine Laurance (Fra) Arkea Team
DNFEefje Brandt (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFEsmée Gielkens (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFElise Vander Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFKylie Waterreus (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNFGabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Cofidis Women Team
DNFLenny Druyts (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
DNFLotte Popelier (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
DNFValentina Basilico (Ita) BePink
DNFLara Crestanello (Ita) BePink
DNFJade Teolis (Fra) BePink
DNFMaïté Barthels (Lux) Andy Schleck-CP Nvst-Immo Losch
DNFZsófia Szabó (Hun) Andy Schleck-CP Nvst-Immo Losch
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Côte de Mont-le-Soie - km 55.3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Flora Perkins (GBr) Le Col Wahoo 1
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Côte de Wanne - km 63.6
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Quinty Ton (Ned) Liv Racing Xstra 1
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Côte de la Haute-Levée - km 72
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Morgane Coston (Fra) Arkea Team 1
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Col du Rosier - km 86.2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team DSM Women 1
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Côte de Desnié - km 99.5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Spratt (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco Women 1
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Côte de la Redoute - km 112.7
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar Team Women 1
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Côte de La Roche-aux-Faucons - km 128.7
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar Team Women 1

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