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The final race of the Women’s WorldTour, the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta, formerly known as the Madrid Challenge, kicked off on Friday. It is the second WorldTour stage race for the women this season after many of the stage races were canceled.

Meanwhile, it was yet another exciting day at La Vuelta.

Read on for more …

Abby Mickey
Associate Editor

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| Magnus Cort wins stage 16 of La Vuelta a España

In a final, reduced, sprint in Ciudad Rodrigo, Magnus Cort sprinted to EF’s third victory of the Vuelta a España, with race leader Primoz Roglic taking second place, picking up some extra seconds in his bid for red. Dion Smith took third on the day after the rider who was originally third over the line, Rui Costa, was relegated for an irregular sprint.

The general classification favorites finished with Cort, and the only change to the top of the GC standings was Roglic’s six bonus seconds.

Some crosswinds made the relatively flat start of the 162-kilometer stage a bit more interesting, and as the wind became more of a factor two riders fought to separate themselves from the peloton. Soon the two leaders, Juan Felipe Osorio and Angel Madrazo, both of Burgos-BH, were joined by Kobe Goossens, Robert Stannard, Jesús Ezquerra, and Rémi Cavagna. The six lost Osorio on the Puerto El Portillo, the first categorized climb of the day, and then Ezquerra at the base of the Puerto El Robledo.

Goossens, Madrazo, Cavagna, and Stannard remained out front with less than a minute advantage on the Ineos Grenadiers leading the peloton and with 41 km to the finish. The three did not remain friendly long, and within 5 km of the summit of the Puerto El Robledo Cavagna hit out on his own. He was joined by Stannard and the two together began their fight to survive the chasing peloton.

Movistar moved to the front to close down the 25 seconds to the two out front in the final 25 km, and with the peloton closing in, Cavangna left Stannard to be swallowed by their chasers. Cavagna descended towards the finish, all the while finding key seconds in his quest to remain in front of the rest of the race. His lead was tantalizing as he rode into the final 2 km, at one point reaching 20 seconds before it began to disappear.

Cavagna’s valiant effort was foiled at the 2 km to go mark, where the sprinters immediately put their teams into play, increasing the pace as they entered the outskirts of Ciudad Rodrigo.

Out of a reduced group of around 40 riders, Magnus Cort claimed EF’s third stage win of the Vuelta. Roglic in the red jersey snuck in after Cort to take second place, and some bonus seconds. Costa was relegated from third to 32nd for an irregular sprint, elevating Smith into third on the day.

Top 10, stage 16

1 CORT Magnus (EF Pro Cycling) 4:04:35
2 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma)
3 SMITH Dion (Mitchelton-Scott)
4 VALVERDE Alejandro (Movistar Team)
5 CARAPAZ Richard (INEOS Grenadiers)
6 GROSSSCHARTNER Felix (BORA – hansgrohe)
7 GODON Dorian (AG2R La Mondiale)
8 VALGREN Michael (NTT Pro Cycling)
9 SÜTTERLIN Jasha (Team Sunweb)
10 VLASOV Aleksandr (Astana Pro Team)

Top 10, GC

1 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 64:20:31
2 CARAPAZ Richard (INEOS Grenadiers) 0:45
3 CARTHY Hugh (EF Pro Cycling) 0:53
4 MARTIN Dan (Israel Start-Up Nation) 1:48
5 MAS Enric (Movistar Team) 3:29
6 POELS Wout (Bahrain – McLaren) 6:21
7 GROSSSCHARTNER Felix (BORA – hansgrohe) 7:20
8 VALVERDE Alejandro (Movistar Team) 8:45
9 VLASOV Aleksandr (Astana Pro Team) 8:54
10 DE LA CRUZ David (UAE-Team Emirates) 9:29

| Lorena Wiebes wins stage one of the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta

In a fast and windy sprint on stage 1 of the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta, Sunweb executed a flawless lead out to lead Lorena Wiebes towards the finish with an advantage. Wiebes won the bunch sprint ahead of Valcar-Travel & Service’s Elisa Balsamo and Ceratizit-WNT’s Lisa Brennauer, respectively, to take her second WorldTour win since switching from Parkhotel Valkenberg to Sunweb in June.

The win put Wiebes on top of the initial GC standings ahead of Balsamo and Brennauer.

With the majority of the riders finishing within seconds of the leader, the general classification after the opening stage is very close, with the time bonuses creating the main gaps heading into the 9.3 km time trial in Boadilla del Monte.

Top 10, stage 16

1 WIEBES Lorena (Team Sunweb) 2:00:16
2 BALSAMO Elisa (Valcar – Travel & Service)
3 BRENNAUER Lisa (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling)
4 ERIC Jelena (Movistar Team)
5 BARNES Alice (Canyon SRAM Racing) 0:03
6 ZANARDI Silvia (Bepink) 0:04
7 RYAN Alexis (Canyon SRAM Racing)
8 ASENCIO Laura (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling)
9 GUAZZINI Vittoria (Valcar – Travel & Service)
10 ROY Sarah (Mitchelton-Scott)

Top 10, GC

1 WIEBES Lorena (Team Sunweb) 2:00:01
2 BALSAMO Elisa (Valcar – Travel & Service) 0:05
3 BRENNAUER Lisa (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling) 0:10
4 ERIC Jelena (Movistar Team) 0:15
5 BARNES Alice (Canyon SRAM Racing) 0:18
6 ZANARDI Silvia (Bepink) 0:19
7 RYAN Alexis (Canyon SRAM Racing)
8 ASENCIO Laura (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling)
9 GUAZZINI Vittoria (Valcar – Travel & Service)
10 ROY Sarah (Mitchelton-Scott)

| Cyclists’ Alliance releases rider survey data from the 2020 season

The annual Cyclists’ Alliance survey of women in professional cycling offered some insight into the women’s peloton on Friday.

According to the survey, WorldTour riders are making more than the UCI-decreed minimum team-employed salary, but more riders in the peloton are riding for nothing in 2020. A major issue remains rider safety, and COVID-19 is on everyone’s worry list.

| Filippo Ganna tests positive for COVID-19

Following his incredible performance at the Giro d’Italia, where he won all three time trials as well as stage 5, and his World Championship Individual Time Trial victory, Filippo Ganna has tested positive for coronavirus. Ganna, who was attending a training camp for the Italian track team in Montichiari, Italy, has already left the camp to self-isolate at home.

Ganna tested negative on Tuesday, November 4, along with the rest of the team preparing for the Track European Championships, but was tested again on the 6th and returned a positive test. With the European Championships coming up soon, November 11-15, it is highly unlikely Gana will be able to compete in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Regardless, Gana has won an impressive amount of races this season, with his victories at the Giro, the Worlds, and also at Tirreno-Adriatico.

| Piva headed to Circus-Wanty Gobert

The Circus-Wanty Gobert team has already announced the addition of a few current CCC riders to its 2021 roster as it plans to move up to the WorldTour next season after acquiring the WorldTour license of the team currently known as CCC. On Friday, Circus-Wanty Gobert also announced that CCC sports director Valerio Piva is coming aboard as well.

“We care about the continuity of the CCC project and the Continuum Sports structure, so it seemed logical for us to rely on their experience,” said Circus-Wanty Gobert general manager Jean-Francois Bourlart. “We can count on experimented people, who know the World Tour. After the recruitment of Aike Visbeek at the head of our Performance section, Valerio is an excellent reinforcement for our sportive direction. His years in the cars of the prestigious World Tour teams is complementary to the experience of Aike Visbeek or Hilaire Van der Schueren. We can approach the step up to a higher level with serenity.”

| No Hincapie Continental squad in 2021

The Hincapie Racing team will not continue in 2021 as the squad was unable to secure the level of sponsorship funds required to race on in the third division. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the team did not compete in a single pro race this year.

Founded in 2012 as the BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Team, the squad was a key development pathway for numerous pros from both North America and elsewhere. Team alumni include Toms Skujins, the aforementioned Vuelta stage 16 third-place finisher Dion Smith, Joey Rosskopf, Travis McCabe, Robin Carpenter, and Ty Magner. The team raced at the Continental level throughout its existence, save for a one-year stint at the Pro Continental level in 2018.

George and Rich Hincapie, who run the squad, do plan to continue running a smaller development program for the time being, with a hope of possibly bringing back a higher-level squad at some point in teh future.

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Today’s featured image of Magnus Cort winning stage 16 of the Vuelta a España comes from Cor Vos.

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