Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT) has gained the Madrid Problem by La Vuelta, defending her 2019 victory. The German champion was attentive all through the criterium-like ultimate stage, sprinting for bonus seconds on the eight intermediate sprints to defend her lead in opposition to Lorena Wiebes (Crew Sunweb).
After a gutsy solo assault by Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) that moved the Italian champion to second place total was introduced again, issues had been arrange for the ultimate dash. Wiebes launched early, however Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Journey & Service) reacted shortly and got here across the Dutch sprinter to win the ultimate stage on the road. Marta Bastianelli (Alé BTC Ljubljana) rounded out the stage podium, Wiebes completed in third place total.
The way it unfolded
The ultimate stage consisted of 17 laps à 5.9km on a circuit up and down the Paseos within the centre of Madrid, with eight intermediate sprints, one after each two laps, providing time bonifications of 5, 2, and 1 seconds within the combat for the general victory. Moreover, 15, 10, and 5 bonus seconds had been awarded to the primary three riders to complete the stage.
The primary intermediate dash was gained by Wiebes forward of Brennauer and Jelena Eric (Movistar Crew). There have been some assaults within the laps that adopted, however each try was shortly closed down by the peloton, and Brennauer retaliated by profitable the second intermediate dash to reestablish her 18-second lead over Wiebes.
On the sixth lap, Jessica Allen (Mitchelton-Scott) was the primary rider to get a severe hole on the peloton, and when she was reeled in, her teammate Jessica Roberts counterattacked. Roberts gained the third dash forward of Wiebes and Silvia Zanardi (BePink) earlier than being absorbed by the peloton once more.
The following laps had been characterised by a flurry of assaults that had been all shortly neutralised by Crew Sunweb, with the chief of the Girls’s WorldTour U23 rating, Liane Lippert, being significantly beneficial to her crew. Ultimately, Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) and European champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) initiated a breakaway of eight riders.
As the 2 robust time triallists had been harmful within the normal classification, Sunweb and Valcar-Journey & Service went to the entrance of the peloton, not giving the break a lot leeway and bringing it again earlier than the fourth intermediate dash.
However Longo Borghini quickly put in a counterattack, profitable the dash after eight laps forward of Eugenia Bujak (Alé BTC Ljubljana) and Brennauer. She then established a wholesome hole all on her personal and stored the transfer going for greater than 4 laps, profitable one other two sprints and taking a complete of 15 bonus seconds. From the peloton, Brennauer positioned second in each of these sprints whereas Wiebes completed out of the bonus seconds.
As her hole over the peloton had risen to greater than 20 seconds, Longo Borghini was now nearly main the GC. Nevertheless, the Italian misplaced a lot of her benefit on the penultimate lap and was caught with 13km to go.
Van Vleuten, Van Dijk, and Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) made some ultimate makes an attempt to interrupt up the race, however the peloton was on their wheels instantly. The eighth intermediate dash with one lap to go was gained by Brennauer forward of Longo Borghini and Van Dijk.
On the ultimate lap, Malgorzata Jasinska (Cronos Casa Dorada) and Eri Yonamine (Alé BTC Ljubljana) briefly broke away however had been introduced again with 3.5km to go, organising the dash. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ceratizit-WNT) led out the dash earlier than Chiara Consonni (Valcar-Journey & Service) took over 300 metres from the road with Balsamo on her wheel.
Via the final flip with 250 metres to go, Wiebes launched her dash early from fourth place and catching Brennauer off-guard. Balsamo reacted shortly and jumped into Wiebes’ wheel, coming round her on the ultimate 50 metres to win the stage on the road. Bastianelli was third, and Consonni crossed the road in fourth place cheering her teammate’s victory.
Brennauer completed the stage in seventh place to take the general victory and stored a slim two-point lead over Wiebes within the factors classification. The chief of the UCI Girls’s WorldTour, Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo), was not racing herself however had sufficient of a result in win the rating forward of teammate Longo Borghini. Lippert gained the Girls’s WorldTour U23 rating, sporting the sunshine blue jersey from the primary race of the season to the final.
Rider Identify (Nation) Crew
Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Journey & Service
Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Crew Sunweb Girls
Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale’ BTC Ljubljana
Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Journey & Service
Silvia Zanardi (Ita) Bepink
Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Crew Girls
Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Professional
Sandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Cronos-Casa Dorada
Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Crew Girls
Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Girls
Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing
Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Girls
Lucy Van der Haar (GBr) Hitec Merchandise-Birk Sport
Minke Bakker (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Bizkaia-Durango
Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale’ BTC Ljubljana
Urska Pintar (Slo) Ale’ BTC Ljubljana
Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale’ BTC Ljubljana
Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Girls
Christina Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
Leah Kirchmann (Can) Crew Sunweb Girls
Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Journey & Service
Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Girls
Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Professional
Giorgia Catarzi (Ita) Bepink
Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott Girls
Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Merchandise-Birk Sport
Emilie Fortin (Can) Bizkaia-Durango
Julie Leth (Den) Ceratizit-WNT Professional
Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar Crew Girls
Rachel Neylan (Aus) Cronos-Casa Dorada
Simona Frapporti (Ita) Bepink
Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing
Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Journey & Service
Janneke Ensing (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Girls
Jessica Roberts (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott Girls
Mieke Kröger (Ger) Hitec Merchandise-Birk Sport
Marieke de Groot (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
Claire Steels (GBr) Sopela Girls’s Crew
Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Massi Tactic Girls Crew
Carolina Esteban Fernandez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
Sara Martin Martin (Spa) Sopela Girls’s Crew
Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Girls Crew
Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Canyon-Sram Racing
Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale’ BTC Ljubljana
Laura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Professional
Lara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Professional
Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Ceratizit-WNT Professional
Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Girls
Paula Diaz Lopez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Girls Crew