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Moolman-Pasio fourth overall after first day in Bira

Moolman-Pasio fourth overall after first day in Bira

Moolman-Pasio fourth overall after first day in Bira

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio formed part of a group of riders who animated the opening stage of WWT Emakumeen XXXI. Bira. The South African picked up bonus seconds on the sprints inside the final 30 kilometres as she formed part of a four-rider escape group.

Moolman-Pasio eventually finished the stage seventh, crossing the line part of a group contesting second place after Sabrina Stultiens earned herself a solo victory.

“Overall I’m happy with the stage and my legs after a break," Moolman-Pasio said. "This is a buildup to the upcoming stage racing and this is the first tour after a break in the season. On the last bonus sprint climb, Anna [van der Breggen] and I got away and I was happy with that. On the descent, Annemiek [van Vleuten] came flying past us and Sabrina Stultiens joined us. There was cooperation for a few kilometres then it became a cat and mouse game. Sabrina took advantage of us watching each other and escaped in the last kilometre and got a gap. We were joined by the group from beyond and it ended up being a sprint for second.”

The Spanish tour continues tomorrow with an individual time trial. Moolman-Pasio is fourth in the overall classification and gaining bonus seconds.

“It’s the first real TT test of the season so it will be interesting to see where we’re at. I’m looking forward to it as I’ve done some work on the TT bike and felt good in training. Tomorrow will be the first test to see where I measure up. The tour is still very much open and we’re looking forward to hard days and racing and looking forward to giving our best,” Moolman-Pasio concluded.

Cervélo Bigla at Emakumeen Bira 2018 - Stage 1, a 108 km road race starting and finishing in Legazpi, Spain on May 19, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Cervélo Bigla sign on for Emakumeen Bira 2018 - Stage 1, a 108 km road race starting and finishing in Legazpi, Spain on May 19, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) makes her way to the start line at Emakumeen Bira 2018 - Stage 1, a 108 km road race starting and finishing in Legazpi, Spain on May 19, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

The peloton speed along a gorge at Emakumeen Bira 2018 - Stage 1, a 108 km road race starting and finishing in Legazpi, Spain on May 19, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Ann-Sophie Duyck (BEL) at Emakumeen Bira 2018 - Stage 1, a 108 km road race starting and finishing in Legazpi, Spain on May 19, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Clara Koppenburg (GER) on the front of the bunch at Emakumeen Bira 2018 - Stage 1, a 108 km road race starting and finishing in Legazpi, Spain on May 19, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Ann-Sophie Duyck (BEL) at Emakumeen Bira 2018 - Stage 1, a 108 km road race starting and finishing in Legazpi, Spain on May 19, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Lotta Lepistö (FIN) chases back to the group at Emakumeen Bira 2018 - Stage 1, a 108 km road race starting and finishing in Legazpi, Spain on May 19, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) on the final descent at Emakumeen Bira 2018 - Stage 1, a 108 km road race starting and finishing in Legazpi, Spain on May 19, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Clara Koppenburg (GER) on the final descent at Emakumeen Bira 2018 - Stage 1, a 108 km road race starting and finishing in Legazpi, Spain on May 19, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Ann-Sophie Duyck (BEL) looks back at Emakumeen Bira 2018 - Stage 1, a 108 km road race starting and finishing in Legazpi, Spain on May 19, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) leading the chase of van Vleuten at Emakumeen Bira 2018 - Stage 1, a 108 km road race starting and finishing in Legazpi, Spain on May 19, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) sits on the back of the chase at Emakumeen Bira 2018 - Stage 1, a 108 km road race starting and finishing in Legazpi, Spain on May 19, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com