Second international podium finish in 2018
Spanish allrounder from Movistar Team in the mix after brutal dirt sections were turned into mud with terrible storms. Eider Merino takes 8th
Alicia González (Movistar Team) took an excellent 3rd place at Friday’s brutal Classique Morbihan (UCI WE 1.1), held over 116km from Pluméliau to a traditional, famous finishing circuit in Plumelec, with two ascents of the Côte de Cadoudal – where Alejandro Valverde became the first leader of the 2008 Tour de France.
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The Asturias native, many times crowned Spanish cyclo-cross champion, got, together with Aude Biannic, though a big selection at the six dirt road sections of the race. The selected, seven-woman group included Ashleigh Moolman and Ann Sophie Duyck (CBT), Eugénie Duval (FDJ), Alice Maria Arzuffi (BDM) and Rasa Leleivyte (VAI). The seven would later become five after the first Cadoudal ascent, without neither Duyck nor Aude, who supported Alicia en route to a tough, uphill sprint where Moolman bested Leleivyte and González.
Alicia takes her ninth top-ten finish of the 2018 season -second UCI podium, after her 3rd place overall in the debut race for the Blues, the Setmana Valenciana- and continues to show impressive form following her 6th place into the winning break at last Monday’s stage three in the Bira. Behind, at the pursuit group’s sprint, Eider Merino finished third into the group and eighth overall.