New Endura signing Daniela Bleymehl got off to the perfect start in her new Drag2Zero QDC tri suit by taking the win at Challenge Heilbronn, her third in a row at the event in southwest Germany. Fresh from wind tunnel testing, where Daneila had been amazed by the aero benefits of our SST enhanced tri suit, the German triathlete impressed throughout the half-iron distance event.
After recording the best time for the swim, Daniela trailed Team Erdinger Alkoholfrei team-mate Laura Phillip early on in the run before Phillip was forced to retire through injury. Bleymehl powered on to take the win by over 10 miniutes.
I am super happy with my performance today! It was a big motivation to fight for the triple and I am proud that I could reach that goal. I am also glad that my fitness is going in the right direction, which makes me confident about the upcoming weeks.
Richard Carapaz picked up a second stage win in the Giro with a brilliant effort on stage four, just 24 hours after losing 50s in an unfortunate incident the day before. After 235km of racing, the Ecuadorian launched a well timed, powerful finish on an uphill drag in Frascati outgunning the select group that had survived a late crash.
With 600 meters to go, I saw an opportunity to launch a move that could stick, jumped away with my everything, and saw that I had a good distance, even if I had to push myself over the limit in the end because Ewan was coming back. It’s such an emotional day for me, even more so after what we had to endure yesterday, following all the efforts in the last few months to come here in good condition.
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup
Just a week after opening her 2016 World Cup season, Denise Schindler took home a well earned gold medal in the C3 road race after first attacking with and then dropping Sweden’s Anna Beck on the circuits around the Belgian coastal city of Ostend. The pair broke clear on the first lap, going on to open up a lead of over three minutes over the bunch before Schindler launched a devastating attack on to solo home for victory.
Vuelta a Burgos Feminas
Lourdes Oyarbide took a resounding victory at the final stage of the Vuelta a Burgos, bringing Movistar Team Women their first UCI win of the season. After attacking solo early in the race, Oyarbide spent three quarters of the stage in the breakaway; dropping her companions and holding off the GC group for 25km to take the win by over a minute. Mavi García was the best placed Movistar Team rider in the final GC in third.
I feel so, so happy. It’s my first UCI victory ever and also the team’s first UCI success this year. We really rode well today. Our initial plan was to make things incredibly hard for the rivals so Mavi could fight for the overall. There was a ‘plan A’, which was sending riders ahead of the bunch for Mavi to jump and bridge across, but she was never left a gap; so we had to stick to ‘plan B’ (laughs), which was me staying at the front until the end.
Movistar Team picked up their third win in a week at the Vuelta Aragón as Edu Prades claimed his maiden win for the blues. The race went down to the wire with the overall result not decided until the final intermediate sprint of the race, where the Catalan all-rounder scored the three second bonus that was enough to secure overall victory.
The oldest Swiss classic race for women, the Berner Rundfahrt returned after a year out with Bigla’s Eilse Chabbey bringing home the win after three laps of a hilly 34km circuit near Bern.