Van Vleuten closes first half of 2021 with 2nd in Neila, Burgos GC

23 May 2021
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Vuelta a Burgos Féminas (finale)

Van der Breggen (SDW) ahead of European champion from Movistar Team -new WorldTour leader- at Lagunas, after great breakaway from Aalerud -6th today 5th overall- alongside Patiño, Erić

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) completed her Spanish tournée of May as the new leader of the UCI Women’s WorldTour -and, pending official confirmation, new World’s Number 1 next Tuesday- after finishing 2nd overall in the 2021 Vuelta a Burgos Féminas, which held on Sunday a long-awaited, decisive mountain-top finish in the Lagunas de Neila, won by Anna van der Breggen (SDW).

Sara Martín received a present from the organisers at the start of today’s stage. (c) Photo Gomez Sport

The Telefónica-backed squad was again a bit protagonist in the Spanish race, playing offensively and sending three riders into a 30-rider breakaway which formed before the Collado de Vilviestre (Cat-3): Jelena Erić, Paula Patiño and Katrine Aalerud. The Norwegian got herself through the first selection -14 riders left – at the climb prior to Neila, then went on the move at the final section, leading the race alongside Koppenburg (RLY) until the tough slopes of El Portón, 1km before the end.

Aalerud continues to grow: 5th overall. (c) Photo Gomez Sport

At that moment, Van Vleuten and Van der Breggen caught a great Katrine -6th over the line, 5th overall- and started yet another duel, with VDB taking the better from ‘Miek’. Now, Van Vleuten will enjoy some days of rest and go on a first altitude camp before starting her preparations for the Olympics, with two events before Japan: the Dutch Championships (June 18-19) and La Course (June 26).

REACTION / Annemiek van Vleuten:

“We’ve tried everything to take the GC and the team played its cards really well, sending Katrine, Jelena and Paula to the front and trying to break the strength from other teams with their attacks. In the end, I was able to stay with Anna and tried to overtake her into the final turn, but she was simply stronger. I’m satisfied with second.”

Cover picture (c): Photo Gomez Sport

Male Team 20 - 23 May

Vuelta a Burgos ESP

(4th Stage) Quintanar de la Sierra - Lagunas de Neila (121.6 km)
  1. 01 Anna van der Breggen SD Worx 3h24'15"
  2. 02 Annemiek van Vleuten Movistar Team "
  3. 03 Demi Vollering SD Worx +20"
  4. 06 Katrine Aalerud Movistar Team +51"
  5. 39 Paula Patiño Movistar Team +3'59"
  6. 80 Alicia González Movistar Team +14'26"
  7. 81 Jelena Erić Movistar Team "
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  1. 01 Anna van der Breggen SD Worx 11h23'55"
  2. 02 Annemiek van Vleuten Movistar Team +3"
  3. 03 Demi Vollering SD Worx +23"
  4. 05 Katrine Aalerud Movistar Team +1'02"
  5. 37 Paula Patiño Movistar Team +6'25"
  6. 78 Alicia González Movistar Team +25'21"
  7. 82 Jelena Erić Movistar Team +27'05"
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