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Liège-Bastogne-Liège: Demi Vollering delivers for SD Worx

Demi Vollering beats Annemiek van Vleuten and Elisa Longo Borghini in five-up sprint.

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Demi Vollering (SD Worx) sprinted from a group of five to score the biggest victory of her career at Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday.

The Dutch rider delivered after SD Worx animated the race and teammate Anna van der Breggen led out the sprint. Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) placed second in the final kick for the line, with Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) crossing third.

The result sees Vollering take the win she’d been so close to throughout the season, after twice placing second and twice in the top-6 through the classics to date.

“This race is one I really like,” an emotional Vollering said. “Two years ago I was third here in my first pro year and that I’m now already first, it’s a dream come true.”

The race came down to a stellar selection in the final 10km after SD Worx had cranked the pressure in the final hour into Liège.

Van der Breggen played domestique-de-luxe for fast-finisher Vollering, setting a hard pace for into the final kilometer to help set up a sprint and prevent long-range moves from big motors van Vleuten and Longo Borghini.

The sprint finally opened at 300 meters to go. Van Vlueten went first as she attempted a long move next to the barrier the barriers, only for Vollering to mark her wheel and hit the wind with 100 meters to go and edge out the Movistar ace by a wheel-length.

“It’s amazing. Anna did such a good job and the whole team … it’s awesome,” Vollering said, battling the tears.

“I’m really grateful that they worked for me,” she continued. “I’m really grateful that they did it for me. It’s such an amazing team … thanks to the whole team.”

Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) finished fourth, van der Breggen fifth.

The race had started with Trek-Segafredo missing key players Lizzie Deignan due to illness and Ruth Winder due to a COVID- contact.

Also read: Lizzie Deignan, Team DSM, Parkhotel Valkenburg out of women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège

SD Worx forces the selection

SD Worx was active in bringing the race to life as the team worked to distance sprint threats such as Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma).

With the early break of two caught, Niamh Fisher-Black (SD Worx) hit out on the Col du Rosier only to be caught 10km later ahead of the Côte de la Redoute. SD Worx kept on the pressure through the Redoute, with Moolman Pasio splitting off the front of the bunch to spark a surge of counter moves and make the main selection of the race.

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FSJ) and Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo) bridged to Moolman Pasio at the summit of the Redoute and the trio went away for some 20km, danging just 20 seconds ahead of the lead group of around 30 riders. However, with Movistar, Jumbo-Visma and Canyon-SRAM all pulling in the bunch, the attack trio was caught inside the final 20km as the race rattled toward the final climb before Liège.

Final climb sees Vos, Uttrup Ludwig off the back

SD Worx didn’t take its foot off the accelerator over the final Roche aux Faucons climb, with van der Breggen and two teammates motoring hard on the front to split the front of the race down further.

Niewiadoma and then van Vleuten made separate surges through the climb in an effort to drop sprint-threat Vos. The Dutchwoman was able to recover from the first move, only to lose touch as the road kept climbing, with Uttrup Ludwig also dropped. Moolman Pasio sat on the pair’s wheels as they tried to chase after the front group, paving the way for Vollering and van der Breggen as they rode toward victory in Liège.

Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes Results

1VOLLERING DemiTeam SD Worx3:54:31
2VAN VLEUTEN AnnemiekMovistar Team0:00
3LONGO BORGHINI ElisaTrek-Segafredo Women0:00
4NIEWIADOMA KatarzynaCanyon//SRAM Racing0:00
5VAN DER BREGGEN AnnaTeam SD Worx0:02
6VOS MarianneTeam Jumbo-Visma Women1:27
7MOOLMAN AshleighTeam SD Worx1:27
8LUDWIG Cecilie UttrupFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope1:27
9BRAND LucindaTrek-Segafredo Women1:59
10SPRATT AmandaTeam BikeExchange1:59
11PALADIN SorayaLiv Racing1:59
12MARKUS RiejanneTeam Jumbo-Visma Women1:59
13CHABBEY EliseCanyon//SRAM Racing1:59
14CAVALLI MartaFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope1:59
15NOVOLODSKAIA MariaA.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team1:59
16MAGNALDI EricaCeratizit-WNT Pro Cycling1:59
17FISHER-BLACK NiamhTeam SD Worx1:59
18SANTESTEBAN AneTeam BikeExchange1:59
19GARCÍA MaviAlé BTC Ljubljana1:59
20THOMAS LeahMovistar Team1:59
21AALERUD KatrineMovistar Team1:59
22ENSING JannekeTeam BikeExchange2:07
23MUZIC ÉvitaFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope2:47
24FAULKNER KristenTeam TIBCO - SVB3:57
25CHAPMAN BrodieFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope3:57
26MALCOTTI BarbaraValcar - Travel & Service3:57
27WILES TaylerTrek-Segafredo Women4:02
28HENDERSON AnnaTeam Jumbo-Visma Women4:02
29VAN DEN BROEK-BLAAK ChantalTeam SD Worx4:02
30MERINO EiderA.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team4:02
31LACH MartaCeratizit-WNT Pro Cycling4:34
32LOWDEN JoscelinDrops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.4:34
33ZABELINSKAYA OlgaCogeas - Mettler Pro Cycling Team4:34
34LÉVÉNEZ SandraArkéa Pro Cycling Team4:34
35AMIALIUSIK AlenaCanyon//SRAM Racing4:37
36DE JONG ThalitaBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire Cycling Team 5:13
37SIERRA ArlenisA.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team5:13
38KOSTER AnouskaTeam Jumbo-Visma Women5:13
39CROMWELL TiffanyCanyon//SRAM Racing5:13
40PIERGIOVANNI Federica DamianaValcar - Travel & Service5:13
41BEEKHUIS TeuntjeTeam Jumbo-Visma Women5:13
42GUDERZO TatianaAlé BTC Ljubljana5:13
43HARVEY MikaylaCanyon//SRAM Racing5:13
44KOPPENBURG ClaraRally Cycling Women5:15
45REUSSER MarlenAlé BTC Ljubljana9:04
46CHURSINA AnastasiiaAlé BTC Ljubljana9:04
47MARTÍN SaraMovistar Team9:04
48VAN ANROOIJ ShirinTrek-Segafredo Women9:04
49NEWSOM EmilyTeam TIBCO - SVB9:04
50VIECELI LaraCeratizit-WNT Pro Cycling9:04
51DEMEY ValerieLiv Racing9:04
52STULTIENS SabrinaLiv Racing9:04
53ALESSIO CamillaBepink 9:04
54KOREVAAR JeanneLiv Racing9:04
55BARNES HannahCanyon//SRAM Racing9:04
56SALAZAR Lizbeth YareliA.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team14:58
57MEERTENS LoneLotto Soudal Ladies14:58
58LANG MaeAndy Schleck - CP NVST - Immo Losch14:58
59VAN DE VELDE JulieTeam Jumbo-Visma Women14:58
60TOWERS AliceDrops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.14:58
61KERBAOL CédrineArkéa Pro Cycling Team14:58
62KULYNYCH OlhaDoltcini - Van Eyck - Proximus CT14:58
63NILSSON HannaLotto Soudal Ladies14:58
64PATUELLI AlessiaAlé BTC Ljubljana14:58
65SCHIFF CarolinAndy Schleck - CP NVST - Immo Losch14:58
66DOEBEL-HICKOK KristaRally Cycling Women14:58
67CHRISTIAN AnnaDrops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.14:58
68WILLIAMS GeorgiaTeam BikeExchange14:58
69PATIÑO Paula AndreaMovistar Team14:58
70TENNIGLO MoniekTeam BikeExchange14:58
71GASPARRINI Eleonora CamillaValcar - Travel & Service14:58
72MAGRI SilviaValcar - Travel & Service14:58
73JASKULSKA MartaLiv Racing14:58
74ARZUFFI Alice MariaValcar - Travel & Service14:58
75ROOIJAKKERS PaulienaLiv Racing14:58
76CECCHINI ElenaTeam SD Worx14:58
77FOUQUENET AmandineArkéa Pro Cycling Team14:58
78ALLIN PaulineArkéa Pro Cycling Team14:58
79DUVAL EugénieFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope15:03
80STEIGENGA NicoleDoltcini - Van Eyck - Proximus CT15:03
82CHRISTMAS DaniDrops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.15:07
83AERNOUTS AmberDoltcini - Van Eyck - Proximus CT15:07

Results provided by ProCyclingStats.