Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig confirmed as World Tour youth winner
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig was confirmed as the winner of the UCI Women’s World Tour youth classification yesterday. The season-long series which started in March ended on Sunday with the Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta.
Uttrup Ludwig first earned the jersey after finishing in the top ten in Strade Bianche, the first event in the series. After briefly being tied on points in the second race, Ronde van Drenthe, the Danish time trial champion led the series for the rest of the season.
“It really means a lot to win because we were competing again some talented young riders,” she said. “I’m really proud to win this jersey in the end. I remember Strade Bianche because when we finished I couldn’t believe I was in the top 10 in my first World Tour race. Then the organisation called me to tell me I need to go to the podium as the best young rider. I told them no, they’re making a mistake, it can’t be me.”
As a team passionate about young rider development, 22-year-old Uttrup Ludwig signed to Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team to develop and grow her natural talent. She says, “The team is a base for young talented riders and we want to attract more young riders. We want to showcase how young riders are developed here so the jersey is a perfect advert for that. I want to thank all the team partners who not only supply the best technical support but also with their time by flying to training camps and races to support us.”
The 2017 season has been the team’s most successful season to-date, winning 20 races with multiple victories in the UCI World Tour.
The past weekend was made more special in Giro della Toscana. Cervélo Biga Pro Cycling Team made a complete sweep of the podium in Friday’s prologue with Lisa Klein winning, followed by Uttrup Ludwig and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio. Moolman-Pasio ended the race like she did last year by winning the final stage and the overall. She was followed by Uttrup Ludwig who also finished second on the general classification.