Mikayla Harvey produced her strongest performance of the 2019 World Tour season at the women’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege, helping teammate Cecilie Ludwig of Bigla Pro Cycling to another top 10 finish as Annemiek van Vleuten improved on last year’s third place to solo clear ahead of Floortje Mackaij of Team Sunweb and Demi Vollering of Parkhotel Valkenburg.

Despite Liege-Bastogne-Liege being affectionately nicknamed La Doyenne or ‘the Old Lady’ as the oldest one-day race in professional cycling, in women’s cycling this was just the third edition of the women’s race.  At 138.5km in length the race took five categorised climbs from the Cote de Wanne after 54km to the famous Cote de la Redoute and the Cote de la Roche-aux-Faucons peaking 15km from the finish before the rolling and then flat run in to the finish.  Just like the men’s race, the women’s ride would be defined largely by the weather conditions.

It was a combination of terrible cold and wet conditions, coupled with mechanical issues for a number of riders that contributed to not a single attack going clear in the early stages.  It took until 36km for the first move to be made, and it wasn’t until 64.5km on the Côte de Brume that a two-up move from Maria Novolodskaya of Cogeas-Mettler and Leah Kichmann of Team Sunweb went clear.  Their advantage topped out at 1.30mins before being reeled back in as Van Vleuten made her race-winning attack.

That attack came on the Cote de la Redoute and quickly swept in the break, leaving the Dutch rider out in front alone, where she would spend the remainder of her day.  Behind her a group of riders emerged from the peloton in pursuit, including Elizabeth Deignan of Trek-Segafredo, Anna van der Breggen of Boels-Dolmans, Katarzyna Niewiadoma of Canyon SRAM Racing, Lucinda Brand of Team Sunweb and Cecilie Ludwig of Bigla Pro Cycling.  From there van der Breggen and Elisa Longo Borghini went in pursuit but the deficit had opened up to 25 seconds by the time Van Vleuten reached the top of la Redoute.

Once van der Breggen and Borghini were caught the pursuit from the large group was on but the world time trial champion was forming an impenetrable advantage that breached the minute mark as Deignan tried to bridge solo, only to be joined by Longo Borghini and Annika Langvad.  The trio had 30 seconds in hand over the chasers at the summit of the final climb, but were by then 1.20mins behind Van Vleuten.

Up ahead the Dutch rider’s advantage topped out at around 2 minutes and despite the chasers closing the gap they couldn’t get closer than 1.39mins, with Mackaij escaping the rest of the chase group in the closing kilometres.  A delighted Van Vleuten crossed the line in a rain-soaked Liège after 3 hours 42 minutes of racing, taking her second win of the season after Strade Bianche and following three consecutive second place finishes.

Mackaij took second place while a delighted Demi Vollering took third place in the sprint ahead of Soraya Paladin of Alé Cipollini, Lucinda Brand, Niewiadoma and Deignan; with Ludwig completing the top 10 behind Alena Amialiusik of Canyon SRAM Racing and Borghini.

In the next group of the road Mikayla Harvey crossed the line having produced a massive performance in service of Ludwig.  Harvey’s 26th place at 2.47mins is by far her best personal result of the European campaign.

Results:

RankLast NameFirst NameCountryTeamResult
1VAN VLEUTENAnnemiekNED       MITCHELTON SCOTT3:42:10
2MACKAIJFloortjeNED       TEAM SUNWEB+01:39
3VOLLERINGDemiNED       PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG+01:43
4PALADINSorayaITA       ALE CIPOLLINI+01:43
5BRANDLucindaNED       TEAM SUNWEB+01:43
6NIEWIADOMAKatarzynaPOL       CANYON / /SRAM RACING +01:43
7DEIGNANElizabethGBR       TREK – SEGAFREDO+01:43
8AMIALIUSIKAlenaBLR       CANYON / /SRAM RACING +01:43
9LONGO BORGHINIElisaITA       TREK – SEGAFREDO+01:43
10LUDWIGCecilie UttrupDEN       BIGLA+01:43
11SPRATTAmandaAUS       MITCHELTON SCOTT+01:43
12VAN DER BREGGENAnnaNED       BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM+01:43
13VAN DIJKEllenNED       TREK – SEGAFREDO+01:43
14LANGVADAnnikaDEN       BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM+01:43
15VAN DE VELDEJulieBEL       LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES+01:55
16HALLKatharineUSA       BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM+01:55
17GARCIA CAÑELLASMargarita VictoESP       MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN+02:05
18KIRCHMANNLeahCAN       TEAM SUNWEB+02:47
19BIANNICAudeFRA       MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN+02:47
20BERTIZZOLOSofiaITA       TEAM VIRTU CYCLING+02:47
21VOSMarianneNED       CCC – LIV+02:47
22FAHLINEmiliaSWE       FDJ NOUVELLE – AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE+02:47
23NEFFJolandaSUI       TREK – SEGAFREDO+02:47
24JASINSKAMalgorzataPOL       MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN+02:47
25GUDERZOTatianaITA       BEPINK+02:47
26HARVEYMikaylaNZL       BIGLA+02:47
27CAVALLIMartaITA       VALCAR CYLANCE CYCLING+02:47
28SANTESTEBAN GONZALEZAneESP       WNT ROTOR PRO CYCLING TEAM+02:47
29NOVOLODSKAYAMariaRUS       COGEAS METTLER LOOK PRO CYCLING TEAM+02:47
30MERINO CORTAZAREiderESP       MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN+02:47
31LABOUSJulietteFRA       TEAM SUNWEB+02:47
32MUZICEvitaFRA       FDJ NOUVELLE – AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE+03:06
33KNETEMANNRoxaneNED       PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG+04:18
34VAN DEN STEENKellyBEL       LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES+04:18
35BORGHESILetiziaITA       AROMITALIA – BASSO BIKES – VAIANO +04:18
36GUILMANVictorieFRA       FDJ NOUVELLE – AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE+04:18
37CHABBEYEliseSUI       BIGLA+04:18
38KOSTERAnouskaNED       TEAM VIRTU CYCLING+04:18
39NOSKOVANikolaCZE       BIGLA+04:18
40CHRISTOFOROUAntriCYP       COGEAS METTLER LOOK PRO CYCLING TEAM+04:18
41MARKUSRiejanneNED       CCC – LIV+04:18
42GILLOWSharaAUS       FDJ NOUVELLE – AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE+04:18
43BUURMANEvaNED       BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM+04:18
44PIETERSAmyNED       BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM+04:18
45BLAAKChantalNED       BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM+04:21
46WILESTaylerUSA       TREK – SEGAFREDO+05:56
47RAGUSAKatiaITA       BEPINK+06:16
48BANKSElizabethGBR       BIGLA+06:16
49SKALNIAKAgnieszkaPOL       CCC – LIV+06:16
50GUAZZINIVittoriaITA       VALCAR CYLANCE CYCLING+06:16
51JACKSONAlisonCAN       TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK+06:16
52SHEKELOlgaUKR       ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM+06:16
53NILSSONHannaSWE       BTC CITY LJUBLJANA+06:16
54GANZARLeighUSA       
+06:16
55CHRISTMASDanielleGBR       LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES+06:16
56HAMMESKathrinGER       WNT ROTOR PRO CYCLING TEAM+06:16
57SICOTMarionFRA       DOLTCINI – VAN EYCK SPORT UCI WOMEN CYCLING+06:16
58CHURSINAAnastasiiaRUS       BTC CITY LJUBLJANA+06:16
59GOLDMANLindsayUSA       HAGENS BERMAN / SUPERMINT+06:16
60MALSEEDShannonAUS       TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK+06:16
61NEYLANRachelAUS       TEAM VIRTU CYCLING+06:16
62AALERUDKatrineNOR       TEAM VIRTU CYCLING+06:16
63QUAGLIOTTONadiaITA       ALE CIPOLLINI+06:16
64RIABCHENKOTetianaUKR       DOLTCINI – VAN EYCK SPORT UCI WOMEN CYCLING+06:16
65BARNESHannahGBR       CANYON / /SRAM RACING +06:16
66ALLISONWhitneyUSA       HAGENS BERMAN / SUPERMINT+06:16
67KENNEDYLucyAUS       MITCHELTON SCOTT+06:16
68DE VUYSTSofieBEL       PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG+06:16
69CIPRIANICarmelaITA       AROMITALIA – BASSO BIKES – VAIANO +07:27
70SHAPIRAOmerISR       CANYON / /SRAM RACING +07:29
71WILLIAMSLilyUSA       HAGENS BERMAN / SUPERMINT+07:52
72MAGNALDIEricaITA       WNT ROTOR PRO CYCLING TEAM+09:13
73LLAMAS GARCIALorenaESP       MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN+09:13
74YONAMINEEriJPN       ALE CIPOLLINI+09:53
75DUVALEugénieFRA       FDJ NOUVELLE – AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE+09:53
76KOREVAARJeanneNED       CCC – LIV+09:53
77RIVERACorynUSA       TEAM SUNWEB+09:53
78BEGGINSofiaITA       AROMITALIA – BASSO BIKES – VAIANO +09:53
79VAN VEENEstherNED       PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG+11:20
80PINTARUrskaSLO       BTC CITY LJUBLJANA+14:01
81KASPERRomyGER       ALE CIPOLLINI+15:11
82ROYSarahAUS       MITCHELTON SCOTT+15:11
83BALSAMOElisaITA       VALCAR CYLANCE CYCLING+15:11
84MUCCIOLIDaliaITA       VALCAR CYLANCE CYCLING+15:11
85BARNESAliceGBR       CANYON / /SRAM RACING +15:11
86RIJKESSarahAUT       WNT ROTOR PRO CYCLING TEAM+15:11
87ŽIGARTUrškaSLO       BTC CITY LJUBLJANA+15:11
88HANSENLouiseDEN       TEAM VIRTU CYCLING+15:19
89WRIGHTSophieGBR       BIGLA+17:26
90WATERREUSKylieNED       HEALTH MATE – LADIES TEAM+17:26
91LUDWIGHannahGER       CANYON / /SRAM RACING +17:26
92TENNIGLOMoniekNED       MITCHELTON SCOTT+17:26
93PENTONSaraSWE       TEAM VIRTU CYCLING+17:26

VERHOEVENSuzanneBEL       HEALTH MATE – LADIES TEAMOTL

DESSARTMarieBEL       LOTTO SOUDAL LADIESOTL

ALLENJessicaAUS       MITCHELTON SCOTTOTL

KITCHENLaurenAUS       FDJ NOUVELLE – AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPEOTL

DE GASTBelleNED       PARKHOTEL VALKENBURGOTL

OWENHarrietGBR       HAGENS BERMAN / SUPERMINTDNF

SCHWEINBERGERChristinaAUT       HEALTH MATE – LADIES TEAMDNF

MEISELSEstherISR       HEALTH MATE – LADIES TEAMDNF

MALCOTTIBarbaraITA       VALCAR CYLANCE CYCLINGDNF

OSHURKOVAElizavetaRUS       COGEAS METTLER LOOK PRO CYCLING TEAMDNF

ARZUFFIAlice MariaITA       VALCAR CYLANCE CYCLINGDNF

VALSECCHISilviaITA       BEPINKDNF

KORMOSVeronika AnnaHUN       HEALTH MATE – LADIES TEAMDNF

RACHETTOLizaUSA       HAGENS BERMAN / SUPERMINTDNF

STEIGENGANicoleNED       BEPINKDNF

DEYKOOlgaRUS       COGEAS METTLER LOOK PRO CYCLING TEAMDNF

PIRRONEElenaITA       ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAMDNF

PLIASKINAAnastasiiaRUS       COGEAS METTLER LOOK PRO CYCLING TEAMDNF

ERAUDSeverineFRA       DOLTCINI – VAN EYCK SPORT UCI WOMEN CYCLINGDNF

JEULANDPascaleFRA       DOLTCINI – VAN EYCK SPORT UCI WOMEN CYCLINGDNF

VANDENBROUCKESaartjeBEL       DOLTCINI – VAN EYCK SPORT UCI WOMEN CYCLINGDNF

DOCXMiekeBEL       DOLTCINI – VAN EYCK SPORT UCI WOMEN CYCLINGDNF

MOOLMAN-PASIOAshleighRSA       CCC – LIVDNF

ROOIJAKKERSPaulienNED       CCC – LIVDNF

BRAAMDaniqueNED       LOTTO SOUDAL LADIESDNF

BADYKOVAGulnazRUS       COGEAS METTLER LOOK PRO CYCLING TEAMDNF

LIPPERTLianeGER       TEAM SUNWEBDNF

RODRIGUEZ SANCHEZGloriaESP       MOVISTAR TEAM WOMENDNF

PEÑUELA MARTINEZDiana CarolinaCOL       ALE CIPOLLINIDNF

HOSKINGChloeAUS       ALE CIPOLLINIDNF

LONGYKAAnjaSLO       BTC CITY LJUBLJANADNF

BRAVECUrskaSLO       BTC CITY LJUBLJANADNF

STEPHENSLaurenUSA       TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANKDNF

SLIKRozanneNED       TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANKDNF

KESSLERNinaNED       TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANKDNF

BROGIAngelicaITA       AROMITALIA – BASSO BIKES – VAIANO DNF

PILOTE-FORTINGabrielleCAN       WNT ROTOR PRO CYCLING TEAMDNF

FRAPPORTISimonaITA       BEPINKDNF

WINDERRuthUSA       TREK – SEGAFREDODNF

HOFFMANNChantalLUX       LOTTO SOUDAL LADIESDNF

BLAISMarie SoleilCAN       ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAMDNF

KURNOSSOVAMarinaKAZ       ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAMDNF

LELEIVYTERasaLTU       AROMITALIA – BASSO BIKES – VAIANO DNF

NESTINicoleITA       AROMITALIA – BASSO BIKES – VAIANO DNF

BUIJSMANNinaNED       PARKHOTEL VALKENBURGDNF

CANVELLIVaniaITA       BEPINKDNF

VIECELILaraITA       WNT ROTOR PRO CYCLING TEAMDNF

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