Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) has won Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes. Part of a nine-rider front group that went clear with over 50 km to go, Deignan went clear on the Côte de La Redoute 30 km from the finish, opening a gap of almost a minute.
On the last climb, the Côte de Roche-aux-Faucons, Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) dropped the rest of the group to chase Deignan, but she never came closer than 10 seconds and ultimately finished in second place.
Deignan’s teammate Ellen van Dijk anticipated the sprint to take third place.
“I think the nicest thing about this team is that we are allowed to race on instinct and not to fear failure”, explained Deignan after the race. “I thought, I need to be over La Redoute before Anna [van der Breggen] and Annemiek [van Vleuten] and Elisa [Longo Borghini]. So I just raced on instinct.”
Reflecting on the final where Brown came closer and closer, Deignan said: “It was really horrible. In the end, I decided to try to chase the motorbikes in front of me rather than think about her behind me, because mentally it is just cracking you when you think like that. I knew that she would descend faster than me, so I was just praying the line would come quicker.”