Overall victory in Setmana Ciclista Valenciana
Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team continued its impressive progression after Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig won Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio also finished on the podium in third overall with Marie Vilmann fourth, ensuring victory in the team competition too.
Uttrup Ludwig also sealed the u23 classification, making it a great week of racing in its first stage race of the year. The team started the four-stage race by finishing second in the opening team time trial. Uttrup then went onto to finish second on stage 2, securing the race lead. The team set out to defend the lead for the remaining stages and did so successfully.
"It was a chaotic final stage," Uttrup Ludwig said. "There were many attacks and it was a difficult stage to control but despite that we managed to stay in the front and always managed to have a rider in the breakaway. I am just so proud of how the team is working together. The fact that we had three girls in the top four overall and winning the team competition shows how strong the team is. I wear the Cervélo Bigla jersey with pride."
Team Manager, Thomas Campana was naturally delighted with the result. “We’ve been working hard since May last year to add the next generation of riders to the project in order to extend the strategy to generate good athletes. This is the first year we’ve done it with our own developed riders plus new riders who fit into the project by character and quality. What this has resulted in is we can continue with our philosophy, mentality and racing quality and that is gaining momentum and we’re progressing. We’ve had five riders at this race and it’s like having one rider. It’s one unit. This is amazing to see.”