Van Vleuten wins Ceratizit Challenge time trial but can’t take the red jersey from Reusser

Reusser leads the race by 96 seconds with two stages remaining.

by Abby Mickey

photography by Cor Vos


Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) won the 7.3 km uphill time trial at the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta by 19 seconds over Marlen Reusser (Alé BTC Ljubljana). Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) 27 seconds behind Van Vleuten.

Reusser held on to her lead in the general classification by a muinute and 36 seconds.

After the categorie one climb on stage 1 proved too far from the finish to pull the top riders to the front of the race the best riders were spread out throughout the day in the time trial. Still, the majority of the upsets came late in the race.

Shirin van Anrooij (Trek-Segafredo) held the hot seat until Urska Zigart (Team BikeExchange) throw down an incredible performance. Leah Thomas (Movistar) also had a good perfromance, with some time in the hot seat and fifth place on the day.


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

VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
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VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek Movistar Team
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REUSSER Marlen Alé BTC Ljubljana
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CAVALLI Marta FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
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FAULKNER Kristen Team TIBCO - SVB
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THOMAS Leah Movistar Team
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LABOUS Juliette Team DSM
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LIPPERT Liane Team DSM
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NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna Canyon SRAM Racing
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ŽIGART Urška Team BikeExchange
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VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek

REUSSER Marlen

REUSSER Marlen

Alé BTC Ljubljana

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