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Philippa York: Frustration lifts at spring saving Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Philippa York: Frustration lifts at spring saving Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Remco Evenepoel (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) with team boss Patrick Lefevere behind after winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Image credit: Getty Images Sport) As the women’s peloton approached the bottom of…

Tuesday, Apr 26

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Remco Evenepoel (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) with team boss Patrick Lefevere behind after winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

As the women’s peloton approached the bottom of La Redoute at Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes it was looking like SD Worx had everything under control again, as with a super strong Marlen Reusser in the break they didn’t really need to do anything other than wait to see what developed on the Ardennes most famous climb. Then something strange happened.

Teammate Ashleigh Moolman Pasio hit the front and upped the pace with a very attentive Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) right on her wheel and the group quickly splintered into those who were going to be concerned by the win and those for whom the day was over. It seemed odd to be making the race harder when that’s exactly what Van Vleuten thrives on. However, Moolman Pasio obviously had orders to set a tempo that was fast enough to be hurting but not too much to put last year’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes winner Demi Vollering in real trouble.

If that was the tactic, it was going swimmingly until they hit the steepest section and the Movistar leader added another level to the amount of pain everyone was under. Suddenly in the space of 100m SD Worx went from bossing it to scrabbling to keep themselves in the race.

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