Brave ride by Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig earns the race lead in Semana Ciclista Valenciana
A strong performance by the Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team in Spain again brought results as Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig assumed the race lead in Semana Ciclista Valenciana .
Uttrup Ludwig finished second on the stage after initiating a race winning move. The Danish time trial champion was joined by Ann-Sophie Duyck (Drops) who won the stage.
The two riders worked well together for over 20 kilometres as the peloton failed to bring them back. Despite the sprint being disrupted after the two riders were sent the wrong way, Uttrup Ludwig - who is the current leader of the UCI Women’s WorldTour youth classification - says she is happy with how the day turned out.
“After my first attack was brought back, I attacked again and went alone. A rider from Drops came with me but she got dropped and I was alone until Ann-Sophie Duyck bridged to me and we worked together to the finish line. In the last kilometre we were lead the wrong way and had to stop the bike and unclip so that disrupted the sprint so I am disappointed because I feel like I had the legs to sprint against her today,” Uttrup Ludwig.
“I think we showed our strength out there, we were at the front and controlled the race so I’m really proud of us. As a team we communicated really well so overall I am happy,” she continued.
Team Manager, Thomas Campana says rider development is key and the team communicated really well to execute the day’s plan.
“We had a team talk in the morning and said this is a beautiful race with great weather so we should just go out and experience it. We planned to launch the attack on the climb and it worked out well. We have strengthened the climbing group of the team this year which is great because we could control the racing a little more today. Everything went according to plan except for the wrong turn at the finish line which cost us some seconds but it’s more important that we executed what we planned this morning so that’s another step forward in the riders development,” he said.
Two days remain in the four-stage event. Stage three will be raced over 87 kilometres, featuring two category three climbs.