La Redoute and La Roche-aux-Faucons, the last two slopes, made a spectacle of climbing in the final of the sixth edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
At the famous La Redoute, favorite Annemiek van Vleuten appeared at the front of the pack and set the pace right away. The Dutch was stranded in 3 classics and finished second and wanted to beat that with a win.
Van Vleuten drove straight to the leading group. The 39-year-old Dutchman still had enough juice in his legs after 5 climbs on La Redoute to continue the rising group. Only Marilyn Rosser, who was part of the leading group, could follow.
Van Vleuten and Reusser were arrested for the recent climb, but a The new attack was not long. Grace Brown picked her moment and rode alone at the foot of the Roche-aux-Faucons. The Australian FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope rider began the final climb alone.
Van Vleuten did not sit still on the Roche-aux-Faucons. The Dutchman made a coup and led, as in La Redoute, to the favorite. Ashleigh Moolman (SD Worx) tried tying her wagon, but Van Vleuten had super legs.
Brown was there to put in the effort and saw the Movistar rider pull away. Brown ended up on set with Mullmann, Fullering, Cavalli and Lungo Borghini. The Five Chasers still believed in merging, but Van Vleuten was clearly the strongest.
The Dutch completed 13 kilometers solo in flying colours. Brown won the elite group race, defending champion Fullering completed the podium.
Van Vleuten couldn’t hold back her tears. Her last win returns on February 26, when she won the Omloop race. The Dutchman often had to be content with second place this season (Strade Bianche, de Ronde, de Waalse Pijl), but today she can cheer again.
In 2019 she won the La Doyenne title for the first time, and is a record holder with Anna van der Breggen.
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