Race report

Liane Lippert claims brilliant 3rd at Amstel Gold Race after fighting team display

Amstel Gold Race

The opening race of the Ardennes triple got underway today as the riders rolled out of Maastricht for a 128 kilometre long route, finishing in Valkenburg after tackling the famous Cauberg and many other climbs in the area. Once the flag dropped it was a steady start to the race and despite a few small moves going clear, the race was still all together with 80 kilometres to go.

Becoming a race of attrition a dangerous move of around ten riders broke clear, and having missed the group, Léa Curinier and Leah Kirchmann worked hard to close it down, before Pfeiffer Georgi positioned the team ahead of the next climbs. Over one of the many ascents, Liane Lippert showed good legs by forging clear in a group of seven that built up a lead of almost one minute over the bunch but after a strong chase from the peloton things regrouped yet again with still 35 kilometres to go.

Floortje Mackaij and Juliette Labous both tried their hand at going clear but as was the case for most of the race, any group was eventually brought back. With it clear that no move was going to survive until the line, the team fully committed for the final ascent of the Cauberg, riding brilliantly as a unit to be towards the front as they made the left turn. Lippert followed a searing pace at the head of the race and made it into the group of seven that would fight it out for the win. Just as the pace slowed and everyone was almost on their limit over the crest, race winner Cavalli made her move and Lippert’s group hesitated. Pushing all the way to the end, Lippert opened up her sprint in the chasing group and in the photo finish claimed a brilliant third place on the line; a great reward for a brilliant team ride.

“It was a really nice race and I’m really happy with the whole team and how they supported me,” expressed Lippert at the finish. “It was a difficult week, I was sick before Flanders but the team gave me a really good feeling and kept on telling me that I’m still strong. We did our best to make sure it was a group coming up the Cauberg for the last time. I felt really good so just followed the best riders there. In the end it was a deserved win for Cavalli, she did a great attack and we were all gambling so no one closed the gap. I launched my sprint a little bit early and it was a super close photo finish but I’m really happy to have came in third in the end. This year we’ve been in good shape but I just missed that result and now to get a podium at this race means a lot to me. I’m just thankful to the whole team. It means a lot as well because last year I didn’t have a WorldTour podium so it’s good to start the season like this.”


Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 CAVALLI Marta FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope 3:17:41 400
2 VOLLERING Demi Team SD Worx 0:04 320
3 LIPPERT Liane Team DSM ,, 260