Britain’s Lizzie Deignan won Liege-Bastogne-Liege in Belgium on Sunday to claim her first ever ‘monument’ – the pre-eminent races in one-day cycling.
Deignan made a solo break with 24km left to open up a minute’s lead.
Australian Grace Brown produced a late counter-attack to get within 10 seconds, but Deignan held on for her third victory since the season resumed.
The 31-year-old Trek-Segafredo rider said having the “perfect team” was key to ending her wait to win a ‘monument’.
“It’s really special,” said Deignan, who adds the title to her recent victories in the GP Plouay and La Course.
“We were almost there so many times but this is a Trek-Segafredo win.”
Dutch riders had won each of the three races since the event’s inauguration in 2017, with two victories for Anna van