After successful the Giro d’Italia Donne and the Tour de France Femmes Annemiek van Vleuten is aiming to place a stamp on a outstanding season by defending her title on the Ceratizit Problem by la Vuelta, held from September 7-11. Organisers have expanded the race to 5 days with a conclusion in Madrid for the final time earlier than the occasion shifts to a brand new Could date on the 2023 Ladies’s WorldTour.
Van Vleuten has pointed to the Problem by la Vuelta as a significant late-season goal, together with the UCI Highway World Championships in Wollongong, as her final two occasions this 12 months. She has positioned a excessive precedence on the Vuelta for 2 years in a row, as a house race for her Movistar workforce, successful the general title in 2021 version.
As Van Vleuten takes goal at her fourth consecutive Grand Tour victory, three inside this season, she famous that out of the Giro d’Italia Donne, Tour de France Femmes and Problem by la Vuelta, the Spanish occasion is essentially the most tough for her to win as a result of the route would not characteristic facets that finest go well with her skills, similar to the main mountain phases that are discovered within the different two occasions.
On the Giro d’Italia, Van Vleuten received a phases into Cesena and Aldena, and on the Tour de France she received the 2 back-to-back mountain summit finishes at Le Markstein and La Tremendous Planche des Belles Filles.
She believes that it’s the size and issue of the phases that give a race a Grand Tour-feel, and has been vocal about her hopes that the organisers of the Vuelta increase its girls’s occasion to incorporate extra phases and tougher routes in future editions.
“Basically, I believe this would be the one from the Giro, the Tour and the Vuelta that’s the hardest to focus on, as a result of the route just isn’t that onerous. Everybody is aware of I’m a fan of more durable racing, and my probabilities can be rising with a more durable parcours, with longer phases, climbs and mileage,” Van Vleuten mentioned.
“Relating to the race itself, although, I can not say that the ‘triple’ is a purpose in itself. That owes to the truth that, even when the Ceratizit Problem carries the identify of La Vuelta on it, it nonetheless hasn’t obtained the laborious phases nor the size, the kilometers, you’d like to seek out in what you’d contemplate a Grand Tour – it’s additionally simply 5 days in the mean time, with one in all them being Madrid’s circuit race.”
Van Vleuten’s hope is that the success of the ladies’s Tour de France, which was held throughout eight phases with more durable mountainous routes, will immediate the expansion of different occasions just like the Problem by la Vuelta.
“I sincerely hope the influence the TDFF, such a breakthrough second for girls’s biking, has created – which I’ve already felt – can assist it develop, as a result of its results can hopefully make organisers realise we’re prepared for it. All of that mentioned, it’s a pleasant race I’m so eager to get into.”
Organisers have registered the occasion in 2023 as La Vuelta Femenina and have expanded it to seven phases at the moment scheduled from Could 1-7 on the Ladies’s WorldTour.
The 2022 version nonetheless guarantees the hardest route but. It has been expanded to 5 phases, will embody a gap workforce time trial, two mountain phases, one stage that tops 160km with an uphill end and an city circuit race in Madrid.
View the route maps and profiles.
- Stage 1 – Marina de Cudeyo to Marina de Cudeyo, 19.9km (TTT)
- Stage 2 – Colindres to Colindres, 105.9km
- Stage 3 – Camargo to Aguilar de Campoo, 96.4km
- Stage 4 – Palencia to Segovia, 160.4km
- Stage 5 – Madrid to Madrid, 95.7km
Riders to look at
It is not simply the parcours and the size of the race that problem an athlete’s objectives to win a race, but in addition their rivals and Van Vleuten will face a powerful area within the penultimate spherical of the Ladies’s WorldTour.
Problem by la Vuelta 2022 will take the riders from Cantabria to the capital of Spain by means of 5 days of racing from September 7-11. This 12 months’s race marks a complete of 479.4km with all forms of challenges for these eyeing stage wins and the general title.
The racing will start with a 19.9km workforce time trial on Wednesday. The stage is not going to solely decide the primary wearer of the purple jersey but in addition create the primary separations within the general classification. Workforce SD Work will area one of many strongest groups on paper, particularly able to successful the opening race towards the clock with the likes of Marlen Reusser, Demi Vollering and Lotte Kopecky in attendance.
There will likely be competitors from Trek-Segafredo, BikeExchange-Jayco and Movistar, look ahead to a rider from SD Worx to take the occasion’s first chief’s jersey.
“You will need to do a superb workforce time trial on the primary day and ideally choose up a while there. With Marlen Reusser we have already got an vital weapon for the TTT. She will definitely have her sights set on it,” mentioned Vollering, who returns to competitors having recovered from a concussion sustained in a crash at Tour of Scandinavia.
Stage 2’s 105.9km course round Colindres options six ascents; Fuente las Varas, Cruz de Usaño, back-to-back class 1 climbs over Campo Layal and Fuente la Varas, after which over the Campo la Cruz earlier than a plunge into Colindres.
It is a climbing day that might see the beginnings of a GC-battle between Van Vleuten, Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo), Vollering, Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope), Mavi Garcia (UAE Workforce ADQ), Juliette Labous (Workforce DSM), Kristen Faulkner (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Olympic Champion Anna Kiesenhofer (Soltec).
“I believe the workforce time trial and stage 2 in Colindres will likely be fairly key. Stage 2, specifically, is the place the place I really feel I could make the distinction,” Van Vleuten mentioned.
On stage 3 the peloton race 96.4km, starting in Camargo. They are going to climb over the Alto des Hijas early within the brief stage, after which race alongside a predominantly uphill grind by means of Hoces Barcena and to the best level of the stage at Level de. Pozazal, then alongside an undulating ultimate into Aguilar de Campoo. It is a brief stage however the majority of it’s uphill, however it won’t be laborious sufficient to separate the general contenders.
On stage 4, the longest stage of the Vuelta at 160km, the course travels from Palencia to an uphill end in Segovia. It’s a hilly route permitting riders to show their energy. Right here we are able to look ahead to Kopecky, Lucinda Model (Trek-Segafredo), Emma Norsgaard (Movistar), Elise Chabbey (Canyon-SRAM), Marta Bastianelli (UAE Workforce ADQ) and Alex Manly (BikeExchange-Jayco) in addition to Liane Lippert (Workforce DSM).
“Stage 4 will likely be on roads near Valladolid, the place I already raced a World Cup leg again in 2010. I count on some windy racing, the place we are going to have to be tremendous targeted – and it’s good to have that one longer stage,” Van Vleuten mentioned.
On stage 5, the sphere will return to the enduring circuit race of Madrid the place the general winner of the Ceratizit Problem by La Vuelta 2022 will likely be topped. It will likely be a day for the sprinters within the area; Kopecky and Bastianelli would be the favourites however look ahead to Arlenis Sierra (Movistar), Ruby Roseman-Gannon (BikeExchange-Jayco), and Megan Jastrab (Workforce DSM).