Tour de Yorkshire (final)
Spaniard from Movistar Team into excellent 50km breakaway, steps onto the podium in Britain only behind multiple World / Olympic champion Marianne Vos (CCC).
It was the international-level result the Movistar Team had sought and deserved for so many months. Mavi García continue to write her story as one of the biggest names in Spanish and world-class cycling at a vibrant stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire, the showdown over 132km under deluge, hailstorm, strong winds and over five rated climbs from Bridlington to Scarborough.
The Mallorca native took herself into the spotlight just over 50km before the finish, jumping solo from a previous, nine-woman selection formed at the Lythe Bank climb. Mavi covered the last two climbs -Grosmont and Ugglebarnby- alone in the lead to take the Queen of the Mountain jersey; reached down with 30km to go by multiple World / Olympic champion Marianne Vos (CCC) and Italian climber Soraya Paladin (ALE), the trio started a gallop towards the end where they held off pressure from a pursuit group including Christine Majerus (DLT), Amanda Spratt (MTS) and Hannah Barnes (CSR).
Facing a brutal headwind which turned into a tailwind just before the sprint, García led the final rush out and was only beaten by Vos, sealing a 2nd spot -both in the stage and overall- which undoubtedly marks her best international result. One she had worked for for so long, her 2018 season hampered by injuries and keeping her from pushing her limits.
REACTION / Mavi García:
“I started to push with 50km to go, I saw myself doing well compared to the others – but I wasn’t really aiming to go solo, I just took a gap and, when I looked back, I saw there was no one behind. I just can’t believe what I’ve done today. From that moment on, I just gave everything I had. I just wanted to leave this race knowing I had done everything I could, and whichever result I got after that, it’d be a good result either way. We worked well together between Marianne Vos, Soraya Paladin and myself – it really was good for the three of us to get the podium, and having another free pairs of fast, dangerous legs coming from behind would have ruined our chances. I knew they were two tough rivals coming into a sprint, but I just wanted to lead it out, launch it and push until the end. It was good for ‘just’ second, yet I’m really, really happy.”
Cover picture (c): Velofocus