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Alicia González 4th at long-awaited Movistar Team debut

22 February 2018
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Setmana Valenciana (st. 1)

Blues perform strong in Valencia opener, with four of its riders -Alicia, Mavi García (14th), Lorena Llamas and Eider Merino- inside the 20-rider group after Barx climb.

The beginning of a great story and already a top result and performance in their first. The Movistar Team did a great job at the start of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana -118km on stage one, from Rótova to Gandía-, with strong overall level, some attacks and even a brilliant 4th place, against some of the world’s best, by Alicia González.

The 22-year-old from Asturias was already part of a top-level pursuit group, alongside Mavi García -who had tried a brief attack into the descent of the Alto de Barxeta (Cat-3)-, of a duo made by Ashleigh Moolman (CBT) and Kasia Niewiadoma (CSR), which had gained half a minute’s advantage at the top of the Alto de Barx (Cat-2). Later on, the chase started with collaboration from Lorena Llamas and Eider Merino, who worked hard to bring the leaders back and boosted Alicia’s chances in dio alas a las opciones al sprint de Alicia.

At the sprint, only winner Hannah Barnes (CSR), Moolman and third-placed Marta Bastianelli (ALE) bested González, who took the first ever top-ten finish for a Movistar Team which starts their UCI Women’s adventure on a high note. More emotions are expected on Friday’s stage two from Castellón to Villarreal (115km), the route including the race’s hardest climb, the Desierto de las Palmas (Cat-1), albeit 40km away from the finish.

Male Team 22 - 25 Feb

Setmana Valenciana ESP

(1st Stage) Ròtova - Gandia (118 km)
  1. 01 Hannah Barnes Canyon-SRAM 3h06'21''
  2. 02 Ashleigh Moolman Cervélo-Bigla m.t.
  3. 03 Marta Bastianelli Alé Cipollini m.t.
  4. 04 Alicia González Movistar Team m.t.
  5. 14 Mavi García Movistar Team +3''
  6. 21 Lorena Llamas Movistar Team +6''
  7. 22 Eider Merino Movistar Team +13"
  8. 33 Alba Teruel Movistar Team + 2'37''
  9. 52 Lourdes Oyarbide Movistar Team m.t.
See prov general ranking
  1. 01 Hannah Barnes Canyon-SRAM 3h06'11''
  2. 02 Ashleigh Moolman Cervélo-Bigla +4''
  3. 03 Marta Bastianelli Alé Cipollini +6''
  4. 04 Alicia González Movistar Team +10''
  5. 14 Mavi García Movistar Team +13''
  6. 21 Lorena Llamas Movistar Team +16''
  7. 22 Eider Merino Movistar Team +23''
  8. 34 Alba Teruel Movistar Team +2'47''
  9. 52 Lourdes Oyarbide Movistar Team m.t.
See stage ranking