In her last performance in the Flèche Wallonne, Anna van der Breggen booked her seventh victory on the Wall of Huy.
As of 2015, she remained undefeated on the all-important final climb
"Incredible actually," said Van der Breggen afterwards.
"It was the last time, next year I won't bother those girls anymore. It's a strange feeling."
After the Olympic Games, Van der Breggen will exchange the bicycle for a place in the SD Worx team leader's car.
"This one was really special", said the world champion who has just turned 31.
"It was a tough race, it's more than just riding up the Wall."
Her teammates had to go deep because they dropped tactical stitches.
"We had to chase when a number of riders had left. Tactically we did not set our best course."
"But that makes sense, because we drove here with a very young group of girls", the winner explained.
"They are not so used to reading the race. Fortunately it all ended well and I still won."
Van der Breggen praises teammate Vollering
Van der Breggen received excellent assistance in the final by teammate Demi Vollering.
The 24-year-old rider came third in the Waalse Pijl herself last year and was also close to victory last week with second places in the Brabantse Pijl and the Amstel Gold Race.
Now Vollering sacrificed himself for Van der Breggen by closing the gap with the escaped American Ruth Winder on the Wall of Huy.
Van der Breggen: "I thought that was very clever of her. She took the decision to close the gap. Great that she is doing that."
"Demi was very honest and said that she had no super legs to finish it herself and that my chances of success were better. If you dare to say that at that age, I like it. She shouted through the ear that she did it. would close: "You just sit there, Anna. And keep calm."
Then it was up to Van der Breggen to finalize it.
"Fortunately, I already know this climb quite well", said the rider.
"The Wall is just right for me. I was a bit insecure beforehand, because I was ill last week. But during the match I felt that it was all right."