Organisers of the 2018 WNT Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, Unipublic, announced that they have increased the event to a two-day stage race after adding a team time trial the day ahead of the original circuit race. The event, which received a mixed response, has also moved back two weeks and will now take place on September 15 and 16.
This year's the Madrid Challenge will mark the penultimate race on the 2018 Women's WorldTour.
The racing will begin on September 15 with a 14-kilometre team time trial on a completely closed course in the Boadilla del Monte area of Madrid. The new stage will no doubt attract many teams that are looking for a final tune-up ahead of the team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships held in late September in Austria.
On September 16, the peloton will once again take on the circuit race in downtown Madrid that included 17 laps (two more than last year) on a 5.8km circuit around the iconic Plaza Cibeles, Paseo de la Castellana, Plaza de Colon, Gran Via and the Prado Museum.
2017 Madrid Challenge - Brief Results
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle High5||2:02:31|
|2||Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb|
|3||Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope|
|4||Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana|
|5||Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling|
|6||Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5|
|7||Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini|
|8||Susanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products|
|9||Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb|
|10||Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Lointek|