Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes report: Grace Brown wins from the breakaway

Second twice, Brown played an unusual tactic to get onto the top step.

Grace Brown (FDJ-Suez) wins Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2024. Photo: © Cor Vos

After a day in the breakaway and up against three of the biggest names of the spring classics, Grace Brown (FDJ-Suez) timed a sprinter’s slingshot to perfection to take the biggest victory of her career at Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Brown has history here, of course. She’s twice been second in ‘La Doyenne’, behind Annemiek van Vleuten in 2022 and Lizzie Deignan in 2020. To climb onto the top step she used an unusual tactic, moving into an early breakaway so that she wouldn’t have to follow the likes of Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl-Trek) and Demi Vollering (SD Worx-Protime) over the toughest climbs of the day.

It worked. She was able to stick to that trio as they charged through and she bet on herself in the sprint, flying past Longo Borghini in the final 50 meters. The Italian finished in second with Vollering in third.

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