Reusser wins Ceratizit Challenge stage 1 setting the bar high for upcoming GC battle

Reusser continues to stamp authority on the women's WorldTour after missing out on Simac Ladies Tour GC.

by Abby Mickey

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Marlen Reusser (Ale’ BTC Ljubljana) continues to impress in 2021 by winning the opening stage of the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta with a solo move. The rest of the podium was swept by the breakaway Reusser was part of, with Coryn River (Team DSM) taking second and Elise Chabbey (Canyon-SRAM) third.

Reusser now leads the general classification by 26 seconds ahead of Rivera.

Reusser, Chabbey and Rivera were joined by two other riders in a breakaway that formed before the categorie 1 climb midway through the stage. The break secured over two minutes on the peloton before the 30 km to go mark, after the climbing had subsided. Their advantage didn’t drop even as the chasing from the peloton picked up. With 5 km to go the breakaway of four, after losing Lucy Kennedy (Team BikeExchange) had one minute 55 seconds.

Chabbey was active to try and get away from the other three and each time she attacked Reusser clawed her back until Reusser went clear with 2.3 km to go

As Reusser rode away Rivera, Chabbey, and Roojakkers sat up, allowing the Swiss national champion to ride away. Reusser rode the final two kilometres to the finish, and the rest of the podium was decided by a sprint between the three remaining breakaway riders.

The peloton finished nearly a minute and a half behind Reusser, a formidable time gap for the Olympic silver medalist with a time trial coming on stage two.


Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta (2.WWT) Estación Invernal Cabeza de Manzaneda → A Rua

REUSSER Marlen
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REUSSER Marlen Alé BTC Ljubljana
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RIVERA Coryn Team DSM
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CHABBEY Elise Canyon SRAM Racing
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BALSAMO Elisa Valcar - Travel & Service
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HENDERSON Anna Team Jumbo-Visma Women
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KOPECKY Lotte Liv Racing
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JACKSON Alison Liv Racing
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LE NET Marie FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
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MACKAIJ Floortje Team DSM

REUSSER Marlen

REUSSER Marlen

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