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Ceratizit Madrid Challenge la Vuelta – Etappe 3

The Italian rider from Valcar Travel & Service, Elisa Balsamo, won the last stage of the CERATIZIT Challenge 2020 on the circuit of Madrid ahead of Lorena Wiebes (Team Sunweb) and Marta Bastianelli (Alé BTC Ljubljana). Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit WNT) defended the leader’s red jersey and dominated the overall standings ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek Segafredo) and Lorena Wiebes.
The riders went full gas with many attacks from the start in the Spanish capital city. Alessia Vigilia (CRONOS Casa Dorada) had to abandon after an unfortunate crash in the first laps. Meanwhile, Lisa Brennauer and Lorena Wiebes were battling the overall victory in the intermediate sprints.

After many breakaway attempts, Elisa Longo Borghini attacked on her own with some 50km to go. She opened a 30’’ gap and managed to hold off the peloton until many teams upped the ante and eventually reel in the Italian star 13km away from the finish.
The pack remained bunched until the final lap. In the sprint, Balsamo made the most of her pure speed to take victory ahead of Wiebes and Bastianelli. Brennauer took the 7th place and her consistent placings in the intermediate sprint granted her both the overall victory and the points classification. “It was a tough fight today, but I found that the harder the race became, the best was for me”, Brennauer said, highlighting the “awesome job” of her teammates to repeat her success from 2019 as the overall winner of the CERATIZIT Challenge.

Madrid – Madrid (100 km)
1 ELISA BALSAMO (VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE) 2:16:49
2 LORENA WIEBES (TEAM SUNWEB) 0:00:00
3 MARTA BASTIANELLI (ALE‘ BTC LJUBLJANA) 0:00:00
4 CHIARA CONSONNI (VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE) 0:00:00
5 SILVIA ZANARDI (BEPINK) 0:00:00
6 BARBARA GUARISCHI (MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN) 0:00:00
7 LISA BRENNAUER (CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM) 0:00:00
8 SANDRA ALONSO DOMINGUEZ (CRONOS – CASA DORADA WOMEN CYCLING) 0:00:00
9 JELENA ERIC (MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN) 0:00:00
10 ELISA LONGO BORGHINI (TREK – SEGAFREDO) 0:00:00

Endstand Gesamtwertung
1 LISA BRENNAUER (CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM) 4:29:21
2 ELISA LONGO BORGHINI (TREK – SEGAFREDO) 0:00:12
3 LORENA WIEBES (TEAM SUNWEB) 0:00:13
4 ELLEN VAN DIJK (TREK – SEGAFREDO) 0:00:31
5 LEAH KIRCHMANN (TEAM SUNWEB) 0:00:42
6 ANNEMIEK VAN VLEUTEN (MITCHELTON SCOTT) 0:00:44
7 SARAH ROY (MITCHELTON SCOTT) 0:00:46
8 MAAIKE BOOGAARD (ALE‘ BTC LJUBLJANA) 0:00:52
9 ALICE BARNES (CANYON // SRAM RACING) 0:00:52
10 MIEKE KRÖGER (HITEC PRODUCTS – BIRK SPORT) 0:00:57

Ceratizit Madrid Challenge la Vuelta – Etappe 2


Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer

The German leader of Ceratizit-WNT won stage 2 of the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta 2020, an individual time-trial of 9.3km in Boadilla del Monte, to also take the red leader’s jersey. Brennauer already dominated the time-trial in the 2019 edition and battled her way to the overall victory during the final stage in Madrid.
She recorded a time of 12’40’’43, one second faster than Trek-Segafredo’s Italian star Elisa Longo Borghini. Another Trek rider finished third, the Dutchwoman Ellen Van Dijk (+4’’).
The rain played a significant part in the stage as Brennauer highlighted in her post-race comments: “I had to ride conservatively at the beginning and maybe I lost a few seconds. When I was able to go faster, I gave it all until the finish line.”
Her performance sees her move to the overall leadership with a 10’’ gap to Elisa Longo Borghini. “The team and myself will prepare a good strategy for tomorrow”, Brennauer said. “I can feel the pressure but not in a negative way.”
Lorena Wiebes (Sunweb) still leads the points classification ahead of the final stage in Madrid.

Boadilla del Monte – Boadilla del Monte (9,3 km)
1 LISA BRENNAUER (CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM) 0:12:40
2 ELISA LONGO BORGHINI (TREK – SEGAFREDO) 0:00:01
3 ELLEN VAN DIJK (TREK – SEGAFREDO) 0:00:04
4 ANNEMIEK VAN VLEUTEN (MITCHELTON SCOTT) 0:00:08
5 LEAH KIRCHMANN (TEAM SUNWEB) 0:00:14
6 SARAH ROY (MITCHELTON SCOTT) 0:00:18
7 MIEKE KRÖGER (HITEC PRODUCTS – BIRK SPORT) 0:00:21
8 ALICE BARNES (CANYON // SRAM RACING) 0:00:25
9 MAAIKE BOOGAARD (ALE‘ BTC LJUBLJANA) 0:00:26
10 HANNAH LUDWIG (CANYON // SRAM RACING) 0:00:28
11 LORENA WIEBES (TEAM SUNWEB) 0:00:28
12 VITA HEINE (HITEC PRODUCTS – BIRK SPORT) 0:00:31
13 MARTA CAVALLI (VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE) 0:00:33
14 GEORGIA WILLIAMS (MITCHELTON SCOTT) 0:00:33
15 LIANE LIPPERT (TEAM SUNWEB) 0:00:35

Gesamtwertung
1 LISA BRENNAUER (CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM) 2:12:51
2 ELISA LONGO BORGHINI (TREK – SEGAFREDO) 0:00:10
3 ELLEN VAN DIJK (TREK – SEGAFREDO) 0:00:13
4 ANNEMIEK VAN VLEUTEN (MITCHELTON SCOTT) 0:00:17
5 LORENA WIEBES (TEAM SUNWEB) 0:00:18
6 LEAH KIRCHMANN (TEAM SUNWEB) 0:00:23
7 SARAH ROY (MITCHELTON SCOTT) 0:00:27
8 MIEKE KRÖGER (HITEC PRODUCTS – BIRK SPORT) 0:00:30
9 ALICE BARNES (CANYON // SRAM RACING) 0:00:33
10 MAAIKE BOOGAARD (ALE‘ BTC LJUBLJANA) 0:00:35
11 HANNAH LUDWIG (CANYON // SRAM RACING) 0:00:37
12 VITA HEINE (HITEC PRODUCTS – BIRK SPORT) 0:00:40
13 MARTA CAVALLI (VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE) 0:00:42
14 GEORGIA WILLIAMS (MITCHELTON SCOTT) 0:00:42
15 LIANE LIPPERT (TEAM SUNWEB) 0:00:44

Ceratizit Madrid Challenge la Vuelta – Etappe 1

Toledo – Escalona (83 km) 1. Etappe und Gesamtwertung:
1 LORENA WIEBES (TEAM SUNWEB) 2:00:16
2 ELISA BALSAMO (VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE) 0:00:00
3 LISA BRENNAUER (CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM) 0:00:00
4 JELENA ERIC (MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN) 0:00:00
5 ALICE BARNES (CANYON // SRAM RACING) 0:00:03
6 SILVIA ZANARDI (BEPINK) 0:00:04
7 ALEXIS RYAN (CANYON // SRAM RACING) 0:00:04
8 LAURA ASENCIO (CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM) 0:00:04
9 VITTORIA GUAZZINI (VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE) 0:00:04
10 SARAH ROY (MITCHELTON SCOTT) 0:00:04
11 ELLEN VAN DIJK (TREK – SEGAFREDO) 0:00:04
12 LETIZIA PATERNOSTER (TREK – SEGAFREDO) 0:00:04
13 ANNEMIEK VAN VLEUTEN (MITCHELTON SCOTT) 0:00:04
14 LUCY VAN DER HAAR (HITEC PRODUCTS – BIRK SPORT) 0:00:04
15 ELISA LONGO BORGHINI (TREK – SEGAFREDO) 0:00:04

Lorena Wiebes (Team Sunweb) dominated the uphill sprint in Escalona to win stage 1 of the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta in Escalona.

The race starts from Toledo with strong crosswinds and headwinds set to have a strong impact on the race. Mireia Benito (Massi Tactic) is the first attacker to get away from the bunch.
The gap never gets higher than 40 seconds. The race is stopped for a few minutes after a mistake in the route directions. A new start is given with the same gap between Benito and the peloton.
Mitchelton-Scott pull the bunch to get back to the Spanish attacker a few kilometres later. Then Movistar, Sunweb, Canyon and Trek take the front positions to set a hard pace en route to the finish.
The stage was set for the punchiest riders to battle it out in the final kilometre, with an uphill sprint won by Lorena Wiebes (Sunweb). The Dutch star managed to gain a few metres to take the win ahead of Elisa Balsamo (Valcar – Travel & Service) and Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit – WNT).
“It was a really fast start, we had tailwind and then we hit more crosswinds. It was a lot of speed today and it was a nice day on the bike with some hard moments, specially this really hard finish. I was not in the perfect position into the last corner but the team did an amazing job to be there”, Wiebes said. “I will do my best”, she said ahead of Saturday’s time-trial in Boadilla del Monte.

CERATIZIT CHALLENGE BY LA VUELTA 20

Key points :

• 87 riders are gathering in the province of Toledo to kick-off the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta 20 with an unprecedented 3-day format.
• Winner of the 2019 edition, Lisa Brennauer returns to Spain with the clear intention of fighting her way to a second consecutive victory in the last event of the 2020 UCI Women’s WorldTour.
• Among the many stars expected to fight for glory en route to Madrid, Annemiek van Vleuten is riding for the last time with Mitchelton-Scott as she’ll ride for the Spanish Movistar Team next season.

THE STAGE IS SET FOR THE FINAL BATTLES OF THE 2020 UCI WWT

87 riders from 16 teams have arrived in Toledo, where they’ll start on Friday the 11th and final event of the 2020 UCI Women’s WorldTour. The peloton feature six World Teams, including the Trek-Segafredo powerhouse. Lizzie Deignan, who is set to win the overall standings after her victories in the GP de Plouay, La Course by Le Tour de France and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, won’t be there but her partner Elisa Longo Borghini can threaten Anna van der Breggen’s place of second in the overall standings. Lisa Breannauer (Ceratizit-WNT) can also make her way inside the top 3 of the 2020 UCI WWT if she repeats her successes from last year’s edition. Liane Lippert, winner of the first event of the season, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, is here to defend her lead in the Youth standings.

LISA BRENNAUER : «I REALLY EXPECT A TOUGH FIGHT ALL THE WAY TO THE END »
Last year, Germany’s Lisa Brennauer took the lead by winning the time trial and defended her advantage over Lucinda Brand throughout the intermediate sprints on the circuit of Madrid to become the fifth winner after Shelley Olds, Jolien D’Hoore on two consecutive editions and Ellen van Dijk. The defending champion is back. “I’m really looking forward to finishing my season with the CERATIZIT Challenge”, she informed. “This year, it’s gonna be three stages. The first one looks pretty challenging with a hilly route and we can expect a lot of action there. Then going into a time trial, it’s always special but it’s a short time trial only, so I believe the time gaps are not gonna change that much but then on the last day, probably there’s gonna be a lot of bonus sprints again, where you can gain or lose a lots of seconds, so I really expect a tough fight all the way to the final.“

ANNEMIEK VAN VLEUTEN AT THE END OF THE ROAD WITH MITCHELTON-SCOTT
Before moving to Movistar Team, former world champion and current European champion Annemiek van Vleuten will have one last taste of Spanish racing under the banner of Mitchelton-Scott. “I’m looking forward to finishing off this season with the team on a high after my five years with them”, she said. “That will not be achieved by just results, but more when we work together as a team and go for a plan together. The uphill finish on stage one is not really a long uphill, but for sure I would love to give it a go there! The short TT will be challenging. Also, I look forward to the last stage where we will work together in the lead-out for Sarah Roy, and after I am going to cry because then I will realise my time with this amazing team and people has come to an end!”

SARA MARTÍN, THE SPANISH HOPE
Six Spanish teams will take part in the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta 20. One of them belongs to the UCI Women’s WorldTour: Movistar Team. The other five are from the Continental ranks: Bizkaia-Durango, Cronos-Casa Dorada Women Cycling, Massi Tactic Women Team, Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte and Sopela Women’s Team. Sara Martin (born in 1999 at Aranda de Duero, province of Burgos) is part of the latter. She’s one of the big hopes of Spanish cycling. Her first international performance was precisely in this same event back in 2018. “This was my first year in the u23 category and I took part in the breakaway on La Castellana”, she said with a smile. “I suffered a lot but but I managed to get a good position. I even attacked in the final kilometers looking to surprise.
I had nothing to lose and a lot to gain.” According to Martin, the inaugural stage from Toledo will bring a new dimension to the event. “It will give life and it will enable the race to be recognised as a true stage race”, added the u23 Spanish champion for road racing and time trial. This will be her last race with Sopela, the team she joined for two years as a junior and three as an u23, before moving to Movistar Team in order to discover the top international level. “I’m extremely grateful to this team that has supported me tremendously in my development. I want to enjoy my last race with their colours and my team-mates from always.”