Anna van der Breggen: It was tactical, and in the end it was really hard
Apr 22 2018 08:16 pm CET

Anna van der Breggen: It was tactical, and in the end it was really hard
Anna van der Breggen: It was tactical, and in the end it was really hard
Photo of Anna van der Breggen by Boels Dolmans

Anna van der Breggen got to celebrate once again after what she called a tactical race at the second edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege Femmes.

The Dutchwoman had already won the inaugural edition of the Ardennes classic last year, and as such knew what to do in order to make it two in a row.

In the finale of the race, Van der Breggen found herself chasing the escaped Amanda Spratt of Mitchelton-Scott. After catching her, the Olympic champion went on to drop her companion and take the victory.

"It was quite hard, (Amanda) did really good," Van der Breggen commented. "I was there with Megan (Guarnier) in the second group, but Canyon-SRAM was there with a lot of riders as well. So it was a bit of a gamble, whether we were going to ride or not.

"You don’t want to react too early, because that’s really hard,” continued Van der Breggen. “But you don’t want to be too late, so it was quite tactical. And in the end, it was just really hard. I was happy I could catch her on the penultimate climb."

Van der Breggen knew that the game wouldn't be over when she caught Spratt, but was confident about her abilities in the final meters. "When I caught her, she was straight on my wheel. I know that finish climb is pretty hard and she had already done quite an effort up front, but you never know. Still, I felt good today, so I was quite sure I could drop her on that last climb."




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