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Van Vleuten solos to victory at Liege


Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) attacked on the Côte de la Redoute with 26km of racing still remaining and soloed to victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Sunday.


The world time trial champion showed her power as she built a lead of over two minutes on a strong group of chasers, taking her first win since Strade Bianche in early March , having had to make do with the second step on the podium at Flanders, Amstel, and Flèche.


Photo: Luc Claessen/Getty ImagesA breakaway pair of Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb) and Maria Novolodskaya (Cogeas Mettler) went clear after over an hour of racing, and held out until the iconic Côte de la Redoute, at which point a select group including Lizzie Deignan, Elisa Longo-Borghini (both Trek-Segafredo), Anna van der Breggen, Annika Langvad (both Boels-Dolmans), Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-Sram), Cecilie Uttrup-Ludwig (Bigla), and van Vleuten made contact.


Langvad and Longo-Borghini bridged to Deignan, but even as a trio they were unable to peg back van Vleuten, who steadily grew her gap to nearly two minutes.


With 5km to go, the chase groups came together, but van Vleuten was all-but guaranteed victory thanks to the substantial lead she had built.


Mackaij attacked from the chasers in the final kilometer to take second place, while Vollering led home the race for third, making an all-Dutch podium.






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