Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig takes fifth place at Strade Bianche
The fifth edition of the Italian one-day race Strade Bianche took the riders over a 136km-long course of demanding terrain. Almost a quarter of the route traversed over the white gravel roads for which the race has become renowned. The race was characterised by a series of different leading groups, and with 20km remaining, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig was able to escape off the front of the field with ten other riders. It was this group who ended up contesting the finish, and at the end of a very demanding day, Cecilie managed to take out fifth place in Siena.
Team Manager Thomas Campana described the events of the day: “We brought a young team to the race and several of our riders had not experienced a race like this before. With 70km remaining, the team rode together, but shortly afterwards, Cecilie had a flat tire and unfortunately found herself 1.5 minutes behind the field. However, thanks to the support that she received from her teammates, she was brought back to the field. Although she had bad luck, she was even able to make it into the leading group in the end, and also be competitive over the final kilometres. She put in a strong effort, particularly over the last five kilometres, and her fifth place is a testament to the strong teamwork of our squad.”
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig was full of praise for her teammates’ work today: “The teamwork that we showed today was really great. My teammates were all ready to support me, particularly when I had a flat tire. Mikayla and Elise helped me to close the gap back to the field, and during this time, Leah worked to neutralise several attacks in the peloton. Today I had some bad luck, but that’s racing and you can’t do much about that. But today we were able to see that our team is strong and that we’re able to work together very well. Our hard work will surely be rewarded this season.”