Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta: Silvia Persico wins uphill sprint on stage 4, Van Vleuten holds red

Italian wins after Anna Kiesenhofer caught following long solo breakaway.

by VeloNews

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Silvia Persico (Valcar-Travel & Service) won the uphill sprint from a reduced peloton on stage 4 of the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta, taking her first Women’s World Tour win, after Anna Kiesenhofer (Soltec Team) came agonisingly close to a stage victory following a 160km long, solo attack.

Resplendent on her gold bike, marking her out as the Olympic road race champion, Kiesenhofer repeated her exploits in Tokyo, attacking from the gun and carving out an advantage that topped out at almost ten minutes, propelling her into the virtual race lead.

In the latter half of the race, however, Kiesenhofer’s advantage tumbled and she was eventually caught just one kilometre from the line as Persico ultimately proved the fastest from the peloton.

Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta (2.WWT) Palencia → Segovia

PERSICO Silvia
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PERSICO Silvia Valcar - Travel & Service
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VOLLERING Demi Team SD Worx
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LONGO BORGHINI Elisa Trek - Segafredo
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KOPECKY Lotte Team SD Worx
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LIPPERT Liane Team DSM
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VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek Movistar Team
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LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup FDJ - SUEZ - Futuroscope
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KOSTER Anouska Team Jumbo-Visma
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NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna Canyon//SRAM Racing
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GARCÍA Mavi UAE Team ADQ

VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek

PERSICO Silvia

BRAND Lucinda

Team SD Worx

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