Lorena Wiebes wins stage 1
November 6 th 2020 - 15:27 [GMT + 1]
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.