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by Neal Rogers
July 14, 2017
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For the third consecutive year, the streets of the Spanish capital will host the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, a competition that, after several editions, has earned its place in the international calendar and is now the final event of the UCI Women’s WorldTour season.
On Thursday, organisers announced the teams that will take part in the third edition of the Spanish women’s race. Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta will be held September 10 on the same circuit that will host the men’s peloton for the final stage of La Vuelta 2017.
Organisers also announced that WNT, which sponsors a British women’s team, will sponsor the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta over the next four years. The British team was one of three wildcard invitees for the 2017 event.
19 UCI WorldTeams are automatically invited to the race:
Boels Dolmans Cycling Team (NED)
Wiggle High5 (GBR)
Wm3 Pro Cycling Team (NED)
Team Sunweb (NED)
Ale’ Cipollini (ITA)
Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)
Team Velo Concept Women (DEN)
Bepink Cogeas (ITA)
Hitec Products (NOR)
Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team (BEL)
Fdj Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope (FRA)
Btc City Liubliana (SLO)
Lotto soudal Ladies (BEL)
Drops Cycling Team (GBR)
Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team (NED)
Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx (BEL)
In addition to these 19 teams, the organisers have awarded the following wildcards:
Team WNT Pro Cycling (GBR)