Annemiek van Vleuten takes solo victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Apr 28 2019 09:37 pm CET

Annemiek van Vleuten takes solo victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Annemiek van Vleuten takes solo victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Annemiek van Vleuten by Mitchelton-Scott

Mitchelton-Scott's Annemiek van Vleuten has taken her second victory of the year in Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The Dutch rider escaped with 32 kilometres to go and crossed the finish line by herself.

The Ardennes classic was 138.5 kilometres long over a rolling route that included five climbs and featured a new finish in the centre of Liege. The rainy competition started with a compact peloton that remained as such for most of the first part, despite the many unsuccessful attacks.

The first rider that managed to create a gap with the rest was Team BTC City Ljubljana's Urska Bravec with around 100 kilometres to go, but she was reeled back in by the pack with 88 kilometres to go. The peloton tackled the second climb of the day, the Core de Brume, at high speed and left riders struggling behind while Cogeas' Mettler's Novolodskaya took the lead and was followed by Sunweb's Leah Kirchmann.

The duo built a gap of more than one minute with a pack that was led by Mitchelton-Scott and Boels Dolmans. At the climb of the Cote de la Vecquee, there was an attempt of ten riders to get clear but they were soon reeled back in by the pack.

With 32 kilometres to go, the front riders were caught and right away Mitchelton-Scott's Annemiek Van Vleuten launched an attack. Moments later, Boels-Dolmans' Anna van der Breggen and Trek-Segafredo's Lizzie Deignan also escaped from the pack to try to catch the time trial World Champion.

The two chasers were soon joined by a luxury group that included Annika Langvad, Amanda Spratt, Kasia Niewiadoma, Soraya Paladin, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and Demi Vollering, among others. Meanwhile, Van Vleuten made the gap bigger with the rest until it was of more than one minute.

On the last climb of the day, Deignan, Elisa Longo Borghini and Langvad attacked from the chasers and continued to try to bridge to Van Vleuten. This trio was caught by the rest with four kilometres to go and Van Vleuten kept going in time trial mode until she crossed the finish line by herself.

One minute and 39 seconds after, Sunweb's Floortje Mackaij arrived to the finish and four seconds later Vollering did the same. Paladin and Sunweb's Lucinda Brand completed the top five of the day.

This is the second victory for Van Vleuten in the 2019 season and the first win for the rider in the Belgian race. She had already finished in the top-five in 2017 and 2018.



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