La Flèche Wallonne Femmes 2023: Dominant Vollering climbs to triumph

Demi Vollering - La Flèche Wallonne Femmes 2023: Dominant Vollering climbs to triumphfoto: Cor VosDemi Vollering wins La Flèche Wallonne Femmes in commanding style. She takes the helm at the base of the last climb up the Wall of Huy and she holds off the chasers to win the race with a comfortable margin. Liane Lippert and Gaia Realini finish as the best of the rest. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 2023 La Flèche Wallonne Femmes

1. Demi Vollering (nld)
2. Liane Lippert (ger) + 0.05
3. Gaia Realini (ita) + 0.07
4. Mavi García (spa) + 0.10
5. Évita Muzic (fra) s.t.
6. Ashleigh Moolman (rsa) s.t.
7. Annemiek van Vleuten (nld) s.t.
8. Silvia Persico (ita) + 0.16
9. Elise Chabbey (swi) s.t.
10. Yara Kastelijn (nld) s.t.

Race report
After 43 kilometres of action two riders manage to distance the field. Caroline Andersson and Antri Christoforou are accompanied by Rachel Neylan and Ella Harris in the following lap. The four open up a 1.30 minutes gap.

The attack is neutralised in the first ascent of the Côte de Cherave, while Niewiadoma, Moolman and Van Vleuten strike on the Wall of Huy. Longo Borghini rejoins them before Vollering brings the peloton back on the plateau.

Moments later it is Spratt who gives it a try. She opens up a gap of more than 1 minute, but she is caught on the Côte de Cherave.

Vollering ups the pace with Lippert, Chabbey, Niewiadoma, García, Moolman, Longo Borghini, Van Vleuten, Persico, Ewers and Realini in her wheel. A group dropped riders regain contact just before Huy.

Vollering enters the Wall of Huy in first position. Niewiadoma follows her move, but is distanced. Lippert regains contact later, but it’s also to no avail. Vollering keeps on pushing and Lippert fades away.

Impressive show of strength by the Dutch powerhouse. Who’ll be able to match her in Sunday’s Liège–Bastogne–Liège?

Other interesting reads: route and start list 2023 Flèche Wallonne Femmes.

La Flèche Wallonne Femmes 2023: route, profiles, more

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