Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta: Balsamo wins final stage, Van Vleuten takes overall

World champion takes victory in final race in rainbow jersey.

by Abby Mickey

photography by Getty Images


This story first appeared on VeloNews.com.

World champion Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) sprinted to victory on the final stage of the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta, proving the fastest after 17 laps of the Madrid circuit.

After a long lead-out from SD Worx, Lotte Kopecky took second, with Marta Bastianelli (UAE Team ADQ) rounding out the podium.

Red jersey Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) finished safely in the bunch to seal her second consecutive overall victory at the Ceratizit Challenge after winning the Queen stage by two minutes on Thursday.

A four-rider breakaway of Sara Poidevin (EF Educaction-TIBCO-SVB), Sandra Alonso (Ceratizit-WNT), Nina Buijsman (Human Powered Health) and Carlijn Achtereekte (Jumbo Visma) was away for the majority of the stage, but was brought back 10km from the finish.

Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta (2.WWT) Madrid → Madrid

BALSAMO Elisa
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BALSAMO Elisa Trek - Segafredo
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KOPECKY Lotte Team SD Worx
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BASTIANELLI Marta UAE Team ADQ
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JASTRAB Megan Team DSM
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BERTIZZOLO Sofia UAE Team ADQ
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CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling
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NEUMANOVA Tereza Liv Racing Xstra
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MANLY Alexandra Team BikeExchange - Jayco
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LETH Julie Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
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GUAZZINI Vittoria FDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope

VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek

PERSICO Silvia

BRAND Lucinda

Team SD Worx

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