Six in a row for Anna van der Breggen in Walloon Arrow
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 12:17 PM
Top favorite Anna van der Breggen has once again won the ladies’ edition of the Walloon Arrow. Immediately good for six in a row. As expected, the decision fell on the Wall of Huy, the final climb after 124 kilometers of race. The world champion beat Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and Demi Vollering in the uphill sprint.
The Spanish Mireia Benito (Massi-Tactic) and the Dutch ladies Marieke van Witzenburg (Doltcini-Van Eyck) and Kirstie van Haaften (Ciclotel) colored the initial phase of this Flèche Wallonne with an early breakaway. But even before the start of the final, the trio was re-arrested. Van Haaften first, the two others a little later.
In the slope zone, Boels-Dolmans left nothing to chance. The teammates of top favorite Anna van der Breggen took control of the peloton, but a number of riders did not let go completely and tried to anticipate. Six of them worked independently, but Boels-Dolmans was also present with Amy Pieters and Chantal Van den Broek-Blaak. Audrey Cordon Ragot, Anouska Koster, Hannah Barnes and Floortje Mackaij were the four others.
But that flight was ultimately also short-lived. The ladies of Boels-Dolmans now resolutely took control of the race, kept the pace high, so that the gate at the back was opened wide. With a select group of the most important riders we went to the Wall of Huy for the last time.
Van der Breggen, perfectly set off by her teammates, controlled the entire climb, but still had enough surplus to hold off Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and Demi Vollering in the last 150 meters. Five-time winner Marianne Vos had to settle for ninth place. With her six victories in a row, Van der Breggen is now the sole record holder on the roll of honor of the Walloon Arrow.
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