Gutiérrez (7th), Biannic into lead group at Norway’s opening crosswinds

22 August 2019
Imagen de la noticia ‛Gutiérrez (7th), Biannic into lead group at Norway’s opening crosswinds’

Ladies Tour of Norway (st. 1)

Movistar Team duo makes big effort to enter 40-rider group near the finish; Lorena Wiebes (PHV) wins bunch sprint.

Dutchwoman Lorena Wiebes (PHV) showed once again her quality as arguably the best sprinter in the UCI Women’s WorldTour with a strong display at the end of stage one in the Ladies Tour of Norway, a 125km route under the rain with two categorized climbs and a tricky final circuit in Horten.

Aude Biannic completed an impressive job at the front split. (c) Velofocus

Movistar Team did well into the splits created by the crosswinds and a strong push from Sunweb, just under 30km from the end, to put two of its main names into the 40-strong group ahead in the first echelon: Sheyla Gutiérrez and Aude Biannic. While the Frenchwoman entered some of the moves after the split, trying to keep the Blues at the front, the Spaniard -supported before the crosswinds by González, Oyarbide, García and Patiño- saved her energy for the sprint, where she took 7th place.

Another top-ten finish, the eleventh of the 2019 season for Gutiérrez, in a race with finished suiting her abilities, as well as a steep hill-top finish in Fredriksten on Saturday. Before that, Friday’s stage two will offer another difficult 133km, with some significant slopes in the final circuit in Askim.

Cover picture (c): Velofocus