With an attack on La Redoute, followed by a solo of 37 kilometers, Annemiek van Vleuten yet another chapter written in her impressive career. The Dutch soloist to victory in liège-Bastogne-Liège, and took out the nearly two minutes ahead of the first pursuers. The Dutch Mackaij dashed off to the second place, the third podiumstek was for a third Dutch, Demi Vollering.
The final was opened by the young Russian Novolodskaya and the German Kirchmann. The duo rode to a lead of a little more than a minute at each other, but the peloton kept the escapees within shot. The climb of La Redoute had the real final though. And how? Annemiek van Vleuten, second in Amstel and Flèche wallonne, wanted to this time not surprised, and took on La Redoute the reins. The Dutch hardrijdster got the only way and had on the top 25” lead over a select group of pursuers with her great rival Anna van der Breggen and the British Lizzie Deignan, last year to become a mother but in the meantime, already at a high level.
While Van Vleuten hard remained doorfietsen, was the organization in the pursuit. Instead of working together, was started to sling attacked. Lizzie Deignan got space but she also saw the gap with Van Vleuten will only increase. The last climb, La Roche-aux-Faucon, broke the rhythm of the unleashed Van Vleuten not, or barely, while the chasing group apart splashed. Deignan got the company of Longo Borghini and the Danish Langvad. The 35-year-old Danish mountainbikster reed this year, but three games on the road: second in Strade Bianche, fourth in the Amstel Gold Race and third in the Flèche wallonne. Impressive, but the gap in Annemiek van Vleuten seal was also for her is not possible.
The 36-year-old From Vleuten, turned out not to be bothered by the rain and the cold and rode without looking back in the direction of Liège where she is on the Boulevard d’avroy, quiet time, got to of her victory to enjoy. After second places in the Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold Race and Flèche wallonne finally the deserved victory for the Dutch hardrijdster that earlier this season even though the Strade Bianche won.