Alaphilippe, van der Breggen best at Flèche Wallonne, O’Connor wins: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

April 19, 2018

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A fourth win for Anna van der Breggen at La Flèche Wallonne

by Simone Giuliani

Anna van der Breggen stepped out to race the 118.5 kilometres Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday as the unquestionable favourite. The Boels Dolmans rider had already won the race three years in a row and this year, on her 28th birthday, she made it a fourth.

As the race hit the final steep climb of the Mur de Huy there were four riders who had been out the front for nearly 30 kilometres holding a gap of around 20 seconds. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Canyon/SRAM), Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton Scott), Janneke Ensing (Ale-Cipollini) and Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) had jumped out to the lead at the top of the first climb of the Mur de Huy, but with the fierce chase behind it was a slim gap to try and hold to the line.

Cycling fans were rapidly refreshing their twitter feeds to see what was happening in the nail biting finale of the un-televised Women’s WorldTour race. The reduced chasing peloton was closing on the leaders fast, until they were finally reeled in within the last kilometre.

Ashleigh Moolman (Cervelo Bigla) then leapt out of the reformed bunch while Guarnier and van der Breggen followed. Van der Breggen then went clear of the South African rider and claimed her fourth successive Flèche Wallone victory.

The final race of the Ardennes week is Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday, which you can follow on #LBLW2018. You’ll also be able to find a report in the CyclingTips Daily News Digest and a photo gallery of the Ardennes races on Ella CyclingTips.