Bob Jungels and Anna van der Breggen win at Liege: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

April 23, 2018

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bob Jungels solos to biggest career win at Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Anna van der Breggen continues Ardennes dominance at Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Kanstantsin Siutsou wins the Tour of Croatia; Ruben Plaza takes out the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; Boels-Dolmans thanks Sky for help after mechanic has a heart attack; Kiwi cyclist Alex Ray roused from a coma after collision with car; Former junior world champion killed after being hit by a car; Astana’s tribute to Michele Scarponi; Following Sep Vanmarcke at the Tour of Flanders; Alaphilippe congratulates Jungels on Liege success.

Anna van der Breggen continues Ardennes dominance at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

by Simone Giuliani

The heat was on for the second running of the 136 kilometre women’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege, with the majority of the peloton preoccupied with trying to find a chink in the armour of a dominant Boels-Dolmans. But it wasn’t to be, with Anna van der Breggen taking victory for the second year in a row.

There had been plenty of action by the time the race reached the climb of the Cote de la Roche aux Faucons – with Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Canyon/SRAM) being among those who had a stint off the front – but it was after this third key climb that the pivotal breaks formed. With less than 20 kilometres to go Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) leapt from a front group of 10 and quickly established a gap.

The Australian rider, who has been an active player at each of the Ardennes races this year, had a lead of around 45 seconds with less than ten kilometres to go. As a furious chase by Ashleigh Moolman (Cervelo Bigla) and Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) was underway, live coverage of the men’s race kicked in with over 100 kilometres to go. But it was still a matter of furiously hitting refresh on Twitter to find out what was happening in the exciting final kilometres of the un-televised women’s race.

Five kilometres to go and the woman who took a clean sweep of the Ardennes week last year, van der Breggen, joined Spratt out the front. The powerful Dutch rider then pulled away in the last kilometre to take her second Ardennes win this year, and her fifth in the past two years.