Courageous top ten ride from Moolman-Pasio in Amstel Gold Race
The Amstel Gold Race returned this year with a women’s race after a hiatus. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio continued her solid recovery from a hip fracture and finished the race in ninth place.
The South African national time trial champion was part of an early split in the race. 35 riders made up the front group when the race split early after 30 kilometres of racing. Moolman-Pasio and Lisa Klein represented Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team up front.
Boels-Dolmans took advantage of having six riders in the front group. Anna van der Breggen attacked a select group of six riders before the final ascent of the Cauberg and maintained her lead to win solo.
Moolman-Pasio crossed the line seconds later with the third group, outsprinting a number of riders on the line.
“I feel like I’ve come a long way with the injury and I’ve really tried to be patient in my build up,” she said. “I think I’ve matured in that respect with how I’ve handled rehab. We have a young team and this was a very technical race so Lisa and I were isolated from early on but I’m really proud that the youngsters have shown up this season, we’ve had a great run up.”
“Today was crosswinds and small roads, it was a tough race and I’m really happy I could be there for the team. My training has been good coming here and I’m proud to represent the team up front as a leader,” she concluded.
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig retained the lead in the youth classification of the UCI Women’s WorldTour. The series continues on Wednesday in La Flèche Wallonne.