Photo Credit: Cor Vos
The second race of the Ardennes week saw the peloton take on Fleche Wallonne and the famously steep Mur de Huy finish. Rolling out from the start line in Huy, it was an attacking start to the race with numerous small breakaways formed but it was back together heading into the final 50 kilometres where a dangerous group of three broke clear.
The pace remained high throughout the day and heading onto the climb of Côte d’Ereffe, Coryn Rivera did a great job to position Juliette Labous before the already reduced peloton split once again and the breakaway was caught. It then became cagey in the peloton and lone-attacker Winder gained a gap over the peloton before Côte du chemin des Gueuses; where the hammer was put down. An infernal pace was set at the bottom and an elite nine rider group crested the summit together just behind the leader, with Labous once again showing her good form by making the move.
Approaching the foot slopes of the Mur de Huy for the last time it was all but back together, where it became rider against rider on the stingingly steep gradients. Labous measured her effort well, pacing the climb brilliantly and picking off riders who had went too deep at the bottom, finishing the race in an excellent 6th place for the team.
|1||VAN DER BREGGEN Anna||SD Worx||3:28:27||400|
|2||NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna||Canyon SRAM Racing||0:02||320|
|3||LONGO BORGHINI Elisa||Trek-Segafredo Women||0:06||260|