Alexis Ryan finished fifth today in the opening race of the super week of Ardennes classics, Amstel Gold Ladies Race. Ryan made an 8-rider breakaway midway in the race that stayed away to the finish in Valkenburg. The UCI Women’s WorldTour race was won by Chantal Blaak (DLT), from Lucinda Brand (SUN) and Amanda Spratt (MTS).
“Once I made it into the breakaway, the team was happy with the move and the composition of the break. I was feeling good and feeling confident in the group. And with my teammates behind in the peloton I also had confidence that if we were caught that they would be able to do the job,” said Ryan after the finish.
“The second to last lap Blaak attacked on the Cauberg and I was able to go with her but that really hurt me. I conserved as much as I could then in the final lap. On the last time up the Cauberg we didn’t take it too hard but over the top when the riders attacked I just couldn’t go with it. I was trying my best to try to chase back on but I couldn’t get there and I was completely empty at the end,” added a disappointed Ryan.
“We will keep our plan to be racing aggressive and we’re looking forward to Fleche Wallonne.”
CANYON//SRAM Racing’s roster for La Fléche Wallonne in Huy, Belgium on Wednesday 18 April will be Alena Amialiusik, Elena Cecchini, Lisa Klein, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Kasia Niewiadoma, Alexis Ryan.