The start of a full week of women’s Ardennes Classics got underway today at Amstel Gold Race. Coryn Rivera went through to the finish with the best to the finish and took 6th place on the line, also retaining her lead in the UCI Women’s WorldTour.
Winds were a huge factor in the early stages of the race and the bunch saw numerous splits on the open roads before the Valkenberg. The first two groups then went on to re-bunch to form a reduced peloton of 35 riders. After 80 kilometres, before the ascent of the Cauberg a group of riders jumped clear from the front, including Ellen van Dijk and Coryn Rivera. After an attack including four riders, Ellen put in a huge effort at the front to reduce the gap to the leaders. When the gap lowered to 10 seconds, Coryn and a select group of riders bridged across to the leading trio. A solo attack from within the leading group proved to be the race deciding move and no one could follow. Coryn finished the day in 6th place and keeps the UCI Women’s WorldTour leaders jersey going into the next round of racing. A strong ride from Ellen van Dijk also saw her take 10th place.
“Today was a hard course and race as we expected,” explained Coryn after the race. “We had a few different scenarios to play out and in the end it was a very aggressive race and only a select group made it to the final. The team put me in best position and I was able to bridge across to the decisive break of the day. It was good to have Molly [Weaver] in the feed zone supporting us through the day, it’s good to have her to back even though it’s on the sidelines. We really did the best that we could have done and it was another true team effort. After a tough day, I am proud to hold onto the Women’s WorldTour leaders jersey.”