An early start in Valkenburg this morning saw the Women’s peloton roll out for this year’s edition of Amstel Gold Race, and a parcours that saw them take on a hilly circuit in the Limburg area featuring the climbs of Bemelerberg, Cauberg and Geulhemmerberg.
The race was on from the start and numerous small attacks were made before a duo gained an advantage. The pace remained on in the peloton though and over the top of the Geulhemmerberg with still 95 kilometres to go a large chasing group got clear, with Leah Kirchmann and Franziska Koch riding strongly to be in there for the team. The now front group of around 20 riders increased their advantage to over one minute and 30 seconds and for a short period of time, the peloton were happy to let them go as most teams had made the split.
However, approaching the halfway point in the day the bunch had increased the pace and things were all together with 50 kilometres to go; with Kirchmann, Koch, Juliette Labous, Floortje Mackaij and Coryn Rivera all in the reduced peloton of around 50 riders. It then became a race of attrition over the closing laps as the intensity remained high and heading into the final 15 kilometres Labous showed her good climbing legs by making it into the front group as the race charged towards the finish. Digging deep on the last ascent of the Cauberg as explosive attacks were made, Labous gave it her all, finishing just outside the top 15 on the day.
|1||VOS Marianne||Team Jumbo-Visma Women||3:00:20||400|
|2||VOLLERING Demi||SD Worx||,,||320|
|3||VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek||Movistar Team||,,||260|