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Demi Vollering won Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Dutch benefited in the final of 'La Doyenne' from good preparatory work by teammate Anna van der Breggen and booked her first major victory as a professional cyclist.

In the final of the 141-kilometer race, Van der Breggen rode hard on behalf of Team SD Worx in a favorite group of five ahead of Vollering, who struck in the sprint.

Annemiek van Vleuten finished second and Italian Elisa Longo Borghini finished third.

The victory in Liège is memorable for Vollering, who is seen as one of the new top riders in women's cycling and has won her first major victory since turning pro in 2019.

She was very close to it twice earlier this month.

A week and a half ago, the SD Worx rider already thought she was winning in the Brabantse Pijl.

She then crossed the finish line cheering, but after examining the finish photo it turned out that she had just lost the American Ruth Winder.

Four days later she also finished second in the Amstel Gold Race.


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@demivollering wins Liège-Bastogne-Liège!

What a teamwork from @teamsdworx #LBL #LBLWomen # LBL2021


Avatar AuthorEurosport_NLMoment of places10: 43 - April 25, 2021

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Vos cannot compete for victory

In Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the nervousness increased with about 35 kilometers to go on Sunday.

Three riders, including Lucinda Brand, broke away from the peloton and behind them Van der Breggen, Vollering, Van Vleuten and Marianne Vos, among others, showed themselves from the front.

Brand and her fellow escapees did not hold their own, after which the race on the last of seven climbs - the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons of 1.3 kilometers at 11 percent - really ignited.

Vos became the main victim: the lead woman of Jumbo-Visma could not follow the favorites, later joined again, but eventually had to pass.

Van der Breggen was the one who kept the pace up front, with teammate Vollering, Van Vleuten, Longo Borghini and the Polish Katarzyna Niewiadoma in her wheel.

Her impressive head work turned out for a reason: Vollering got over it in the sprint and finished it professionally.

Later on Sunday, the men finish in Liège.

Primoz Roglic and Julian Alaphilippe are the big favorites there.

Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert are missing;

the course does not fit into their program.

See also: Dutchman Paasschens in the leading group, reactions to victory Vollering