BicycleLongo Borghini praises well-executed plan despite 'misplayed' final at Liège

Longo Borghini praises well-executed plan despite ‘misplayed’ final at Liège

Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) did her best to anticipate the attacks everyone expected to come from Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) in Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes, and the Trek-Segafredo team raced very well tactically. In the end, Longo Borghini lost the sprint to Vollering, but she was not disappointed with her second place.

“To be honest, I’m very happy. We had a good Ardennes campaign with two third places with Shirin van Anrooij in Amstel and Gaia Realini in Flèche, and me second in Liège. We have such a strong team with many cards to play,” Longo Borghini said after the race.

“I want to thank my Trek-Segafredo teammates, they were amazing today. We executed the plan as Ina Teutenberg told us to yesterday evening. We had Amanda Spratt in the early breakaway, and she stayed away. When we caught Amanda, we were bombing down the descent with her and Shirin,” she explained.

“We got to Roche-aux-Faucons with a small gap, and I paced myself there because I knew Vollering would have gone. As soon as she went, I tried to keep her pace. We ended up in a sprint which I’m a bit unsatisfied about, but in the end, she was stronger, chapeau to her,” Longo Borghini described how her team had put their pre-race plan into action perfectly, acknowledging that Vollering just had the better sprint.

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