Anna van der Breggen celebrates for the second time in Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Apr 22 2018 08:20 pm CET

Anna van der Breggen celebrates for the second time in Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Anna van der Breggen celebrates for the second time in Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Photo of Anna van der Breggen by Boels Dolmans

Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) has taken the victory in Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The Dutchwoman was the strongest in the last kilometre, leaving Amanda Spratt behind to take the win by herself.

The race was 136 kilometres long and featured four classified climbs. Early on the day, three riders escaped from the peloton and created a gap of more than one minute with the pack.

Rachel Neylan (Movistar), Hita Heine (Hitec Products) and Louise Norman Hansen (Virtu) formed the breakaway and were caught with 54 kilometres to go. As the kilometres passed, the peloton got slimmer and the attacks were repelled by strong teams like Boels-Dolmans.

At 36 kilometres from the finish, Canyon-SRAM's Alena Amialiusik attacked during the ascent of La Redoute. Moments later, her teammate Pauline Ferrand-Prevot made a move from the pack, caught Amialiusik and launched her own attack, creating a considerate gap right away.

With 20 kilometres remaining, Ashleigh Moolman (Cervelo-Bigla), Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott), Megan Guarnier and Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) attacked and surpassed the escapee. Two kilometres later, the adventure of the four riders was over and the reduced group was compact again.

Almost immediately, Mitchelton-Scott's Amanda Spratt successfully went away and took a lead that kept growing in the next kilometres. At the ascent of the Cote Saint Nicolas, van der Breggen and Moolman increased the pace to try to catch Spratt.

The Olympic champion showed to be stronger than Moolman and left her behind, going ahead on her own until she caught the Mitchelton-Scott rider. The two riders continued the last kilometres together but in the last meters, the pace seemed to be too high for Spratt, leaving van der Breggen free to take the victory by herself. Van Vleuten occupied the third spot of the podium.

This is the second victory for the Dutchwoman in the race after she also took it in 2017, and her fourth win of the season.



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