Grace Brown wins opening stage of Vuelta a Burgos

Brown won from a breakaway of three that broke away in the closing kilometres of the stage.

by Abby Mickey

photography by Cor Vos


The first stage of the Vuelta a Burgos came down to a sprint from a group of three. Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) took the win and will lead the overall into the second stage of the race. Elise Chabbey (Canyon-SRAM) and Niamh Fisher-Black (SD Worx) came in second and third. The peloton containing many of the race favourites finished five seconds later.

A break of two slipped away from the much-reduced peloton over the top of the Alto de la Lora climb with 5 km to go. Fisher-Black bridged to join Brown and Chabbey while Trek-Segafredo chased.

With 1.5 kilometres to go the three out front had gained a 16-second advantage on the chasing peloton, but the uphill drag to the finishing town favoured the peloton’s speed rather than the breakaway’s climbing abilities.

Brown proved to be the strongest sprinter of the three and came away with stage honours and will wear the leader’s jersey on stage 2.

Vuelta a Burgos Feminas (2.WWT) Villadiego → Sargentes de la Lora

BROWN Grace
1
BROWN Grace Team BikeExchange
2
CHABBEY Elise Canyon SRAM Racing
3
4
SIERRA Arlenis A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
5
PALADIN Soraya Liv Racing
6
BERTIZZOLO Sofia Liv Racing
7
LONGO BORGHINI Elisa Trek-Segafredo Women
8
VOLLERING Demi SD Worx
9
NEUMANOVA Tereza Women Cycling Team
10
VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek Movistar Team

BROWN Grace

BROWN Grace

BROWN Grace

FISHER-BLACK Niamh

SD Worx

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