Van Vleuten (7th), Movistar Team off to solid start in Norway

12 August 2021
Imagen de la noticia ‛Van Vleuten (7th), Movistar Team off to solid start in Norway’

Ladies Tour of Norway (st. 1)

Blues always keeping the front to support Miek, with Rodríguez, Gutiérrez and Biannic notably involved, as Dutchwoman helps Guarischi (9th) before uphill sprint. No injuries for Thomas after crash.

Despite tackling her first stagerace with the Blues in three months in a relaxed approach, back from big success just few weeks ago, Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) still did really well at the end of stage one of the Ladies Tour of Norway (UCI Women’s WorldTour), a 141km rolling course from Halden to three laps around an uphill finish in Sarpsborg.

Leah Thomas, Gloria Rodríguez, Aude Biannic and Sheyla Gutiérrez at the start. (c) Photo Gomez Sport / Anton Vos

Well supported by an excellent Aude Biannic, Leah Thomas -who sustained a crash, with no major consequences, with 2km to go-, Sheyla Gutiérrez and a great Gloria Rodríguez, who made up most of the four-minute gap held by the five-woman early break, Annemiek van Vleuten gave Barbara Guarischi a helping hand heading into the group sprint, with both ending up scoring top-ten results as Miek was 7th, with Baby in 9th.

Barbara Guarischi (right) scored one of two Movistar Team top-ten results today. (c) Photo Gomez Sport / Anton Vos

Kristen Faulkner (TIB) completed an impressive display to stay away from the field and take an agonising victory, in the first of two expected, reduced sprints before Saturday’s Norefjell mountain-top finish. Another sting at the tail is to be tackled in Mysen on Friday, with all favourites needing to keep full focus before the crucial day in Norway.

Cover picture: Photo Gomez Sport / Anton Vos

Male Team 12 - 15 Aug

Ladies Tour of Norway NOR

(1st Stage) Halden - Sarpsborg (141.5 km)
  1. 01 Kristen Faulkner Team TIBCO - SVB 3h38'15"
  2. 02 Susanne Andersen Team DSM "
  3. 03 Alice Barnes Canyon-SRAM "
  4. 07 Annemiek van Vleuten Movistar Team "
  5. 09 Barbara Guarischi Movistar Team "
  6. 65 Sheyla Gutiérrez Movistar Team +40"
  7. 66 Aude Biannic Movistar Team +48"
  8. 77 Leah Thomas Movistar Team +0'00"
  9. 103 Gloria Rodríguez Movistar Team +6'02"
See prov general ranking
  1. 01 Kristen Faulkner Team TIBCO - SVB 3h38'05"
  2. 02 Susanne Andersen Team DSM +4"
  3. 03 Alice Barnes Canyon-SRAM +6"
  4. 07 Annemiek van Vleuten Movistar Team +10"
  5. 09 Barbara Guarischi Movistar Team "
  6. 40 Leah Thomas Movistar Team "
  7. 73 Sheyla Gutiérrez Movistar Team +50"
  8. 74 Aude Biannic Movistar Team +58"
  9. 103 Gloria Rodríguez Movistar Team +6'12"
See stage ranking