A woman raises her arm in victory at the end of a bike race

Flèche Wallonne Femmes report: Kasia Niewiadoma takes first road victory in five years atop the Mur de Huy

Last year's winner Demi Vollering finished second ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini.

At the end of a cold and wet edition of La Flèche Wallonne, the win came down to the final ascent of the Mur de Huy. It was three riders at the head of the race, but the strongest of them was Kasia Niewiadoma. The Canyon-SRAM rider accelerated away from Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl-Trek) and Demi Vollering (SD Worx-Protime) to take her first road victory since winning the fourth stage of the Women’s Tour in 2019. Vollering held on for second and Longo Borghini third.

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The win was a big one for Niewiadoma who has been racing through a five-year drought. She’s come close, last year at the Tour de France Femmes Queen stage atop the Col du Tourmalet for example. But her only win in years has been the Gravel World Championships last Fall.

[This] means a lot, I really hope with this victory I inspired a lot of people who are pursuing their dreams for so long because I have experienced a lot of failures, a lot of second and third places but I never stopped believing as a team we can win another race. I really hope that race will inspire a lot of people to keep believing and keep pursuing their dreams because the real world is always right there waiting for us.

Kasia Niewiadoma after winning La Flèche Wallonne.

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