Moolman-Pasio on the podium in Setmana Ciclista Valencia
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio animated an exciting first stage of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. The South African managed to sprint to second place even though she got caught in the final kilometre from a previous attack.
The race featured two climbs in the closing stages. Moolman-Pasio and Kasia Niewiadoma made their move on the second one, gaining an advantage that looked like it would be enough for the win to be contested between the two.
“I thought that was it for the day because we had quite a big gap, we thought we had 30 seconds then suddenly the group came from behind and I had to think fast and hold position,” Moolman-Pasio said. “I managed to get second in the sprint and am happy with that. It was a good start. Obviously, we don’t have the leaders jersey but we’re not far off either so we will keep fighting.”
Moolman-Pasio was first over both categorised, earning her the lead in the king of the mountains competition. She elaborated on the stage. “Today went really well. We were together in the first kilometres. I was really impressed with Emma [Norgaard Jørgensen], our new young rider, we were up there with all of us and we were united as a unit. When the climbing started, the fireworks went off.”
Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) won the stage. Tomorrow’s stage is from Castelló to Vila-Real and will over raced over 115 kilometres. The stage has two sprint primes with a category one climb topping out at 76 kilometres.