We have a very strong new breakaway:
Marlen Reusser (SD Worx), Sara Martin (Movistar), Leah Thomas (Trek-Segafredo), Soraya Paladin (Canyon//Sram Racing), Evita Muzic (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), Amanda Spratt (Team BikeExchange), Leah Kirchmann (Team DSM) and Clara Honsinger (EF Education-Tibco-SVB) have a gap of 20”.
The riders try to get away on the road towards the Col du Rosier but a second movement remains to be done
The break has been caught up, does SD Worx have a plan for the next climb, the Col du Rosier, after all that work to bring them back?
The race is only halfway through, but SD Worx is determined to bring the breakaway home.
68km to cover
At the bottom of the Côte de Haute-Levée, the gap is reduced to just 15 seconds while SD Worx leads the way
The peloton tackles the third climb of the day, the Côte de Wanne
Audrey Cordon-Ragot is also struggling today after racing yesterday as well, leaving Trek-Segafredo with two riders.
80 km to go
Tayler Wiles of Trek-Segafredo has dropped out of the race
After the climb the gap with the four leaders is now 1’40’
She’s a young breakaway, Flora Perkins is 18, Magdeleine Vallieres is 20, Quinty Ton is 23 and her teammate Jeanne Korevaar is the oldest at 25.
The gap is stable at around 1’30” as the break begins the climb
The break is located 5km from the first hill, Côte de Mont-le-Soie (1.7km at 7.9%).
Jelena Erić (Movistar) dropped out of the race
The gap with the four leaders is now 1’30”
Jeanne Korevaar (Liv Racing Xstra), Quinty Ton (Liv Racing Xstra) Magdeleine Vallieres Mill (EF Education-Tibco-SVB) and Flora Perkins (Le Col-Wahoo) have a gap of 15”
105 km to go
Quinty Ton Attack (Liv Racing Xstra)
There have been a lot of attacks but nothing has changed yet, Jeanne Korevaar (Liv Racing Xstra), Hannah Barnes (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team), Petra Stiasny (Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad), Carlotta Cipressi (Valcar-Travel & Service), Anne van Rooijen (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Anna Christian (Le Col-Wahoo) and Yulia Biriukova (Arkéa Pro Cycling Team) have all been active.
All together after nearly 30 km of racing
The gap is now 15 seconds
122km to cover
Tamara Dronova (Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad) attacked and has a 25-second gap, Katia Ragusa (Liv Racing Xstra) is chasing her 15” behind her.
Mechanics for Millie Couzens (PlanturPura)
134km to cover
🏁 Official start 🏁
142 km to cover
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The neutral start was given. The first 2.4 km are neutralized.
Annemiek van Vleuten, who is yet to win a WorldTour race this season, said of Cavalli’s victories:
“I think it’s really good for women’s cycling that it’s not just the Dutch who make it difficult for themselves.”
In 2021, SD Worx’s Demi Vollering won the race ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten in a reduced group after a lead from Anna van der Breggen.
The big question this year, however, can FDJ’s Marta Cavalli complete the Ardennes set after winning Amstel Gold and La Flèche Wallonne?
Along the way, they will tackle 7 classified climbs:
Coast of Mont-le-Soie (km 55.3)
Coast of Wanne (km 63.6)
Haute-Levée coast (km 72)
Col du Rosier (km 86.2)
Coast of Desnié (km 99.5)
Côte de la Redoute (km 112.7)
Coast of La Roche-aux-Faucons (km 128.7)
The women’s race does not start in Liège, but in Bastogne, with the runners covering a 142.1 km route north to finish in Liège.
The last of the spring classics has arrived: Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Reine des Ardennes, ‘La Doyenne’,
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