Liege-Bastogne-Liege - Annemiek van Vleuten: I know that I can do a 30-kilometre time trial
Apr 28 2019 10:28 pm CET

Liege-Bastogne-Liege - Annemiek van Vleuten: I know that I can do a 30-kilometre time trial
Liege-Bastogne-Liege - Annemiek van Vleuten: I know that I can do a 30-kilometre time trial
Mitchelton-Scott

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) has taken the win of Liege-Bastogne-Liege after a 32-kilometre adventure in which she built a gap the competition couldn't close.

With 32 kilometres to go, and as the peloton caught two other escapees, Van Vleuten made the decisive move of the race and she kept riding in front until the end. "Sarah Roy and Moniek Tenniglo did an epic lead out into La Redoute, I was super safe there, I didn't have to do anything, then when we hit the bottom, I knew some girls were maybe out of position and I just went!" the Dutch rider explained.

"My words for today were 'when I go, don't look back, attack, commit and go' and that's what I did. I can't control what the others were doing behind, so I just had to commit, and I know that I can do a 30-kilometre time trial. The weather was a hard one, it was cold and I just had to focus myself and think 'it's my day'. I learned from the last two races, Amstel Gold and Fleche Wallone that I have to believe in my own strength, the longer it is, the better it is and the harder it is the better it is for me."

The time trial World Champion also had very strong support of her team and she had some words for her teammates after the victory. "Shout out to my team because they made it hard on every climb, we took responsibility of the race to make it hard, so it was a real team effort which makes this win more beautiful," Van Vleuten explained.

"This was really high on my list and to finish off my spring with another win and three second places after my knee injury, I'm super happy."







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