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
- 01 Elisa Longo Borghini Trek-Segafredo 4h11'02"
- 02 Christine Majerus Boels-Dolmans +4"
- 03 Tayler Wiles Trek-Segafredo "
- 04 Sheyla Gutiérrez Movistar Team "
- 09 Mavi García Movistar Team "
- 11 Eider Merino Movistar Team "
- 31 Paula Patiño Movistar Team +3'33"
- 33 Lorena Llamas Movistar Team "
- 36 Małgorzata Jasińska Movistar Team "
- 01 Elisa Longo Borghini Trek-Segafredo 12h21'41"
- 02 Amanda Spratt Mitchelton-Scott +2"
- 03 Soraya Paladin Alé Cipollini +7"
- 05 Mavi García Movistar Team +34"
- 09 Eider Merino Movistar Team +1'07"
- 18 Sheyla Gutiérrez Movistar Team +3'10"
- 34 Małgorzata Jasińska Movistar Team +10'40"
- 38 Lorena Llamas Movistar Team +15'09"
- 46 Paula Patiño Movistar Team +21'10"