Trofeo Alfredo Binda
Both of Endura's women's road teams were in action in the third round of the Women's WorldTour at the Trofeo Alfred Binda in Italy on Sunday, with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig earning a podium place to reward Bigla Team on a day where they rode aggressively throughout.
An early move from Uttrup Ludwig saw Mikayla Harvey and Leah Thomas policing the front of the bunch. As therace hit the 30km to go mark, Cecilie and Leah were still present in the much reduced front group and 10km further on the American rider launched a solo attack which saw her lead for several km. Uttrup Ludwig was again in the right place at the right time after the final climb, making the race winning selection which saw a small group sprint for victory with Marianne Vos (CCC Liv) crossing the line in first place with Cecilie just being pipped to the runner’s up spot by Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott).
Thomas Campana, Team Manager:
We wanted to achieve a podium place today, but it wasn’t necessarily easy. It was somewhat chaotic out there. We expected a final sprint from 30 to 40 riders, and we tried to prevent the race coming down to such a mass sprint. We knew that Cecilie is in good form and so our young and talented team put the favourites under pressure during the race. They executed our plan and we achieved our aim with a podium place.
Movistar Team too worked hard to deliver their protected riders to the sprint finish, but Mavi García couldn’t quite hold on to her top-ten position into the last turn and dropped back. Małgorzata Jasińska took a decent 15th spot -with García in 24th and Eider Merino in 30th.
GP Ciudad de Eibar
Lorena Llamas opened up Movistar Team’s domestic campaign in style with victory in the second running of the GP Ciudad de Eibar. Lourdes Oyarbide, Alba Teruel and Gloria Rodríguez put in a power of work, driving the pace to keep attacks under control. Llamas broke clear as the race approached the final climb and soloed to the line, with Paula Patiño and Lourdes Oyarbide completing a clean sweep of the podium for the blues.
Enduro World Series – Toa Enduro
Ella Conolly, the 2018 Enduro World Series U21 champion, finished in a strong 12th place in her first outing in the senior ranks in Rotorua, New Zealand. Raced over the outstanding trails of the Whakarewarewa Forest, Ella was first of the pro women on course and recorded a solid set of stage results to get her 2019 season going.
Milan - San Remo
After missing Strade Bianchi following an illness picked up at the UAE Tour, World Champion Alejandro Valverde was back in form at the longest one day WorldTour one day race and the first of Monuments of the year in Milan –Sanremo. Valverede was well protected by his teammates throughout and in the mix as the race kicked off on the Poggio . Alejandro recorded his best ever finish in the Classicissima in seventh spot behind winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick Step).
Taça de Portugal DH
New Endura signing Mikayla Parton joined Atherton Racing’s Gee Atherton and Charlie Hatton and headed south to kick off their season’s at the Portugal DH Cup in Lousã. Gee hit the podium in the Elite Men’s category in the first competitive outing for the brand new Atherton Racing race weapon, with Charlie in fifth. In the Elite Women’s category, Mikayla marked her first race for the Nevis Range team with a fifth place finish.