Marta Cavalli was perhaps not the expected victor at Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race, but the Italian raced a canny final after making the cut in an elite lead group on the final ascent of the Cauberg.
The 24-year-old stole away on the famous climb to leave behind favourites such as Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar), Demi Vollering (SD Worx), and Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) to solo to the win in Berg en Terblijt and deliver the biggest triumph of her career to date.
After the finish Cavalli said that her Amstel Gold Race win wasn’t just down to her legs, noting that she hadn’t expected it, after not feeling in top form in the lead-up to the race and even during the race itself.
"The feeling is just incredible, unbelievable," she said. "The win is just unpredicted. I felt good in the last weeks, but nothing super, but sometimes the race is not just legs, but also heart and head.
"I believe in my sport director because he helped me to be ready in this moment to take the opportunity. We had nothing to lose and I’m really happy to take the win.
"The move wasn’t planned because in the last 50km I hadn’t got a really good feeling. Then we were called to stay in the wheel and look what can see what can happen at the top," she said of her race winning attack.
Cavalli said that her FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope team, which was down Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig at the race due to COVID-19, came into […]