Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio happy with second place at Fleche Wallonne Feminine
Apr 18 2018 04:00 pm CET

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio happy with second place at Fleche Wallonne Feminine
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio happy with second place at Fleche Wallonne Feminine
Photo of Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio by Cervelo-Bigla

South African Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervelo Bigla) reached her best result to date in the Fleche Wallonne on Wednesday, by finishing second behind Anna van der Breggen.

Moolman had already achieved impressive results in previous editions of the Belgian race, with top-six finishes in five of the last six editions. The rider finished third in 2013, but has now finally broken her personal best.

"I’m very happy," the 32-year-old said. "It would be nice to win and it was close but I’m happy with a World Tour podium. We’re getting there one step at a time.

"It was a game of poker today. It was a perfect run from the team. Everyone was 100% committed in going for the victory. I could really feel that. My legs felt super good and I was so motivated after seeing the great teamwork."

The finale was dominated by a lead group of four, with Moolman forming part of the chasing group. The leaders were reeled in just on time, allowing Moolman to attack on the last ascent.

"There was a moment of panic when the four went off the front and the big teams were there. Thomas (Campana, team manager) really knows his game and gave me such good direction. He came on the radio and told me to stay calm. Cille (Uttrup Ludwig) did an amazing job to maintain the gap. We didn’t want to bring it back too quickly because we didn’t want counter attacks.

"When we hit the bottom of the Mur, they were in sight and I felt so good going up. I was unfortunately boxed in when I wanted to make my move but I could only go with about 150m to go and that wasn’t the steepest part anymore. We were very close to the win and I am happy."




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