Van Vleuten wins prologue at Euskal Emakumeen Bira

Bigla rider takes the early race lead

Annemiek van Vleuten (Bigla) won the prologue at the Euskal Emakumeen Bira, a five-day stage race held in the Basque Country of Spain this week. The Dutch time trial champion covered the 1.9km course in 2:29 minutes beating Australia's Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS) and Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv).

Van Vleuten is now leading the race by one second ahead of Garfoot and two seconds ahead of van der Breggen ahead of stage 1a 96.8km race in Arrasate on Thursday.

Garfoot had set the fastest time early on in the prologue, 2:30 minutes, however, van Vlueten was the only rider to break her time by one second near the end of the event. 

"I'm really happy. I felt strong. It's always great to win, especially when you come as one of the favourites for the prologue," van Vleuten said. "I know that I am good over this distance but I also knew I couldn't make any mistakes.

"I've just spent three weeks in the mountains and I thought maybe I'd lost some speed because all I did on the training camp was climbing. I didn't do any speed work and this prologue was just sprinting from one corner to the next. This gives me confidence that I have come from altitude in good shape and I am looking forward to using Bira to get some more hard work done. It's a nice way to start the second part of the season."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:02:29 
2Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-AIS0:00:01 
3Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women0:00:02 
4Eleonora Dijk Van (Ned) Boels Dolmans Team0:00:03 
5Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women0:00:04 
6Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica-AIS  
7Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women0:00:05 
8Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS  
9Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Team  
10Ashleigh Moolman (Rsa) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
11Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women0:00:06 
12Elizabeth Williams (Aus) Orica-AIS  
13Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS0:00:07 
14Leire Olaberria (Spa) Selec. Española0:00:08 
15Demi Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Team  
16Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Team0:00:09 
17Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
18Rachel Neylan (Aus) Orica-AIS  
19Aniska Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:10 
20Doris Schweizer (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
21Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:11 
22Severine Eraud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope0:00:12 
23Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
24Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Team  
25Eider Merino (Spa) Lointek Team  
26Nina Gulino (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini0:00:13 
27Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Rabo Liv Women  
28Sheyla Gutierrez (Spa) Lointek Team  
29Sharon Laws (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
30Irene Usabiaga (Spa) Selec. Española0:00:14 
31Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Inpa Sottoli Giusfre  
32Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:00:15 
33Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
34Amelie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope  
35Belen Lopez (Spa) Lointek Team  
36Ziortza Isasi (Spa) Bzk Emakumeen Bira  
37Irene Bitto (Ita) Top Girls-Fassa Bort  
38Soraya Paladin (Ita) Top Girls-Fassa Bort  
39Lourdes Oyarbide (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:00:16 
40Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
41Laura Lozano (Spa) S.C. Michela Fanini  
42Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Inpa Sottoli Giusfre  
43Gloria Rodriguez (Spa) Bzk Emakumeen Bira0:00:17 
44Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope  
45Margarita Garcia (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
46M. Mar Bonnin (Spa) Bzk Emakumeen Bira0:00:18 
47Ainara Elbusto (Spa) Selec. Española  
48Dorleta Eskamendi (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
49Anna Sanchis (Spa) Selec. Española0:00:19 
50Lara Vieceli (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini  
51Cristina Martinez (Spa) Lointek Team  
52Liisi Rist (Est) Inpa Sottoli Giusfre  
53Chiara Pierobon (Ita) Top Girls-Fassa Bort  
54Rossella Ratto (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfre  
55Lucia Gonzalez (Spa) Lointek Team0:00:20 
56Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Team  
57Catalina Rayo (Spa) Selec. Española0:00:22 
58Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfre  
59Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope0:00:23 
60Molly Meyvisch (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:24 
61Sara Grifi (Ita) Top Girls-Fassa Bort  
62Lierni Lekuena (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:00:25 
63Anna Ramirez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:00:27 
64Rocio Del Alba (Spa) Selec. Española  
65Aida Nuño (Spa) Lointek Team0:00:29 
66Eyerusalem Kelil (Eth) S.C. Michela Fanini0:00:30 
67Elena Leonardi (Ita) Top Girls-Fassa Bort0:00:34 
68Azzurra D'intino (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini0:00:35 
69Aiala Amesti (Spa) Bzk Emakumeen Bira  
70Asja Paladin (Ita) Top Girls-Fassa Bort0:00:36 
71Anna Zavershinskaya (Rus) Bizkaia-Durango0:00:41 
General classification after the prologue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:02:29 
2Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-AIS0:00:01 
3Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women0:00:02 
4Eleonora Dijk Van (Ned) Boels Dolmans Team0:00:03 
5Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women0:00:04 
6Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica-AIS  
7Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women0:00:05 
8Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS  
9Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Team  
10Ashleigh Moolman (Rsa) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
11Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women0:00:06 
12Elizabeth Williams (Aus) Orica-AIS  
13Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS0:00:07 
14Leire Olaberria (Spa) Selec. Española0:00:08 
15Demi Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Team  
16Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Team0:00:09 
17Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
18Rachel Neylan (Aus) Orica-AIS  
19Aniska Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:10 
20Doris Schweizer (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
21Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:11 
22Severine Eraud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope0:00:12 
23Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
24Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Team  
25Eider Merino (Spa) Lointek Team  
26Nina Gulino (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini0:00:13 
27Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Rabo Liv Women  
28Sheyla Gutierrez (Esp) Lointek Team  
29Sharon Laws (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
30Irene Usabiaga (Spa) Selec. Española0:00:14 
31Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Inpa Sottoli Giusfre  
32Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:00:15 
33Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
34Amelie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope  
35Belen Lopez (Spa) Lointek Team  
36Ziortza Isasi (Spa) Bzk Emakumeen Bira  
37Irene Bitto (Ita) Top Girls-Fassa Bort  
38Soraya Paladin (Ita) Top Girls-Fassa Bort  
39Lourdes Oyarbide (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:00:16 
40Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
41Laura Lozano (Spa) S.C. Michela Fanini  
42Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Inpa Sottoli Giusfre  
43Gloria Rodriguez (Spa) Bzk Emakumeen Bira0:00:17 
44Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope  
45Margarita Garcia (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
46M. Mar Bonnin (Spa) Bzk Emakumeen Bira0:00:18 
47Ainara Elbusto (Spa) Selec. Española  
48Dorleta Eskamendi (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
49Anna Sanchis (Spa) Selec. Española0:00:19 
50Lara Vieceli (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini  
51Cristina Martinez (Spa) Lointek Team  
52Liisi Rist (Est) Inpa Sottoli Giusfre  
53Chiara Pierobon (Ita) Top Girls-Fassa Bort  
54Rossella Ratto (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfre  
55Lucia Gonzalez (Spa) Lointek Team0:00:20 
56Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Team  
57Catalina Rayo (Spa) Selec. Española0:00:22 
58Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfre  
59Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope0:00:23 
60Molly Meyvisch (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:24 
61Sara Grifi (Ita) Top Girls-Fassa Bort  
62Lierni Lekuena (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:00:25 
63Anna Ramirez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:00:27 
64Rocio Del Alba (Spa) Selec. Española  
65Aida Nuño (Spa) Lointek Team0:00:29 
66Eyerusalem Kelil (Eth) S.C. Michela Fanini0:00:30 
67Elena Leonardi (Ita) Top Girls-Fassa Bort0:00:34 
68Azzurra D'intino (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini0:00:35 
69Aiala Amesti (Spa) Bzk Emakumeen Bira  
70Asja Paladin (Ita) Top Girls-Fassa Bort0:00:36 
71Anna Zavershinskaya (Rus) Bizkaia-Durango0:00:41 

 

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