Emakumeen Bira (finale)
Mavi García (5th), Eider Merino (9th) finish within top-ten at one of the UCI Women’s WorldTour’s most mountainous races, with big efforts from Jasinska, Gutiérrez -both into today’s break around Oñati; Spaniard 4th at final sprint-, Llamas and Patiño all over Basque four-day event.
Italian Elisa Longo Borghini (TFS) made a final surge into a late break to claim overall honours in the 2019 Emakumeen Bira (UCI Women’s WorldTour), coming out with the win in a grueling 156km stage four around Oñati with four rated ascents. A day where the Movistar Team was undoubtedly a big protagonist.
The squad managed by Jorge Sanz and Sebastián Unzué notched up the prize as best team in Basque race following incredible efforts during the four-day event, most importantly during a final stage which they led from the very beginning. A third consecutive stage in the breakaway by Malgorzata Jasinska, alongside fellow countrywoman Anna Plichta (TFS), turned into a double escape from the Blues as Sheyla Gutiérrez came from behind and joined ‘Jasi’ to drop the rest of the group in the Alto de Untzilla (Cat-3). The duo was caught with a selection of favourites -including Mavi García- just before the decisive Asentzio (Cat-1).
The attack by Longo Borghini ended up bringing her home with a four-second margin over the first peloton of about twelve riders, where Gutiérrez took a fine 4th place as García and Eider Merino confirmed their GC top-ten results: Mavi in 5th, Eider in 9th. The exemplary teamwork from Lorena Llamas and Paula Patiño rounded off a race where the Movistar Team, already a top-ten overall finish in their debut (2018) with Jasinska, again shifted its own expectations against the very best in the world.
Cover picture (c): Velofocus