When BikeExchange-Jayco crossed the end line within the stage 1 group time trial on the Ceratizit Problem by La Vuelta the squad had shaved greater than a minute off the very best time and took the recent seat. In the long run, solely Trek-Segafredo might beat the Australian group’s time, ending six seconds sooner to win the stage.
“I used to be actually shocked by how nice it felt at the moment. We hadn’t really ridden all collectively in a TTT, so it was fairly spectacular how clean the whole race went,” stated Kristen Faulkner after the group delivered a time of 23 minutes and 37 seconds.
The group had laid a plan for the 19.9-kilometre circuit with the wind course in thoughts and executed it properly: “We knew we had a headwind going out and a tailwind coming again, so we tried to take some shorter pulls going out after which actually push it on the best way again,” Faulkner stated.
The 29-year-old US rider is the strongest climber on the group, as evidenced by her Giro d’Italia Donne the place she gained a stage and the mountain jersey, however she is just one of a number of choices for the overall classification. Alexandra Manly’s benefit is her glorious dash, however she has proven at The Girls’s Tour and Tour of Scandinavia that she will maintain her personal on climbs, too.
Final however not least, there’s Ane Santesteban. The small Basque climber has had a considerably disappointing season to this point, partly attributable to sickness, however should not be underestimated if she goes on the assault.
Though stage 2 is the toughest stage of the race with 5 categorised climbs, none of them are so long as these within the Giro d’Italia Donne or Tour de France Femmes, and there are 14 kilometres between the highest of the final climb to the flat end.
Since stage 3 has a flat end as properly and stage 4 has a brief ending climb earlier than the race ends with a flat circuit race in Madrid, so Manly could also be the very best wager for the group’s GC hopes. Faulkner indicated that BikeExchange-Jayco won’t go all-out on the assault, as a result of after that group time trial it merely would not must.
“Now we will play somewhat bit defensively within the subsequent few days and put the stress on the opposite groups to chase any assaults,” Faulkner stated.