Van Vleuten Shakes Things Up at Flèche Wallonne: Ditching the Waiting Game for a Bold Move!”

Tired of the same old waiting game leading up to the infamous Mur de Huy, Van Vleuten (Movistar) decided to break away from the norm and attacked early, 37km out! Unfortunately, despite her daring move, she finished seventh, with Demi Vollering (SD Worx) taking the win. But hey, you gotta love the boldness, right?

Van Vleuten admitted that the peloton is stronger than ever, and while she’s in good shape, she wanted to shake things up a bit. “It’s always a waiting game until the last Mur de Huy, and I don’t like that way of racing, it’s a bit boring,” she said. So, she went all out on the penultimate Mur de Huy, surprising everyone and attempting to rewrite the race’s script.

At first, her early attack seemed to work, with only Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (AG Insurance-Soudal-QuickStep), and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) able to follow. But eventually, SD Worx’s Marlen Reusser led the main field to close the gap with 30km to go.

Van Vleuten Shakes Things Up at Flèche Wallonne: Ditching the Waiting Game for a Bold Move!"

Van Vleuten’s bold move didn’t pay off this time, but it certainly added a twist to the race, and it shows that anything can happen in the Ardennes Classics. Vollering’s win over Liane Lippert and Gaia Realini was impressive, but I can’t help but think that Van Vleuten’s early attack might have pushed the competition to up their game.

As a pro rider, I respect Van Vleuten’s decision to take a risk and try something new. It’s what keeps the sport alive and exciting! With Liège-Bastogne-Liège coming up, I’m eager to see what our favorite riders have in store for us next. Will Van Vleuten find herself back on the podium? Stay tuned, and don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments below!

Michael

a 35-year-old web developer and cycling coach based in Boulder, Colorado. Over the past ten years, my passion for cycling has transformed from a casual hobby into a way of life. As a lover of all things cycling, I am thrilled to share my journey with others who share the same enthusiasm for this incredible sport.