Bronzini wins Madrid Challenge stage

Van Dijk claims overall in two-day race

Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance) won stage 2 of the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta. Part of a strong breakaway of nineteen riders that got away in the second half of the 100.3km race, and made it to the end, the former world champion outsprinted Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-Scott) and Charlotte Becker (Hitec Products-Birk Sport) to take the victory in her final race. Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) won the race overall.

Stage 2 was held on the finishing circuit of the men's Vuelta a España in the centre of Madrid. The 5.9km circuit on the Paseo de Prado, Paseo de Recoletos, and Paseo de la Castellana boulevards would be raced 17 times. Intermediate sprints every second lap (except after lap 16) offered bonus seconds and sprint points.

The race started quietly, and there were no attacks before the first intermediate sprint. A group of four got away after that, but was reduced to only two by a crash, and the remaining duo were soon reeled in. Five laps into the race, a new break of five riders formed. Their advantage went up to 50 seconds, and they took the next two intermediate sprints before being caught on lap nine.

Rossella Ratto (Cylance) attacked at the start of the tenth lap. Numerous other riders bridged and eventually formed a large breakaway of nineteen riders. Their advantage quickly went to over a minute and stayed there for a long time. Most teams were represented up front and therefore not interested in chasing, and the break was large enough to share the workload.

Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb), Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Wiggle High5), and Ilaria Sanguineti (Valcar PBM) took points and bonus seconds at the remaining intermediate sprints, and with three laps left to race the break was still 45 seconds ahead despite the chasing efforts of Alé Cipollini.

Coralie Demay (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Polish champion Malgorzata Jasinska (Movistar Team) attacked from the break and started the penultimate lap 24 seconds ahead of their erstwhile companions, the peloton led by Wiggle High5 was 48 seconds behind.

When the lead duo had been brought back with just over seven kilometres left, Olga Zabelinskaya (Cogeas-Mettler) pulled the re-united break single-handedly for over two kilometres. The gap was down to only 14 seconds at the 180-degree turn at the northern end of the circuit. Out of that turn, Sara Martín (Sopela Women's Team) went solo from the break, but she was quickly reeled in again by Zabelinskaya.

The peloton had not gotten any closer to the break at the southern 180-degree turn, and then Zabelinskaya went to the front again and kept the pace high on the final kilometre, with Giorgia Bronzini ready in her wheel.

Charlotte Becker opened up the sprint with 300 metres to go. Sarah Roy was quickly in the German's wheel, and Bronzini jumped onto the Australian's wheel. Roy came around Becker 150 metres from the line. In the last 100 metres, a gap opened between Becker and Roy for Bronzini to launch the final sprint of her cycling career and take the stage win.

Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) won the bunch sprint for 17th place thirteen seconds later. Having been part of the winning break, Van Dijk won the overall classification of the two-day race ahead of team mate Coryn Rivera in second place. Cordon-Ragot had collected enough bonus seconds to push overnight leader Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb) off the final podium, while Sanguineti won the points classification.

The 2018 UCI Women's WorldTour finishes with the Tour of Guangxi one-day race on 21 October.



#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling2:17:28 
2Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women  
3Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
4Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM  
5Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High5  
6Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
7Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
8Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women  
9Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
10Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
11Danielle Christmas (GBr) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias  
12Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
13Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Cogeas  
14Sara Martin (Spa) Sopela Women's Team  
15Coralie Demay (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
16Winanda Spoor (Ned) WNT Rotor  
17Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:00:13 
18Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women  
19Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Mitchelton Scott Women  
20Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
21Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
22Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
23Alicia Gonzalez (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
24Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women  
25Maria Martins (Por) Sopela Women's Team  
26Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
27Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini  
28Alba Teruel (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
29Kirsten Wild (Ned) Wiggle High5  
30Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar PBM  
31Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
32Sofia Rodriguez (Spa) Sopela Women's Team  
33Ana Usabiaga Balerdi (Spa) Spain  
34Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
35Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
36Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5  
37Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women  
38Maria Novolodskaya (Rus) Cogeas  
39Antri Christoforou (Cyp) Cogeas  
40Kelly Markus (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:00:19 
41Sandra Alonso (Spa) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias  
42Nina Kessler (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
43Henrietta Colborne (GBr) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias  
44Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
45Marjolein van 'T Geloof (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
46Elizaveta Oshurkova (Rus) Cogeas  
47Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women  
48Meike Uiterwijk Winkel (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
49Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
50Maaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City Ljubljana  
51Ingvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
52Eukene Larrarte Artega (Spa) Spain  
53Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
54Corinna Lechner (Ger) BTC City Ljubljana  
55Lourdes Oyarbide (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
56Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
57Lisa Morzenti (Ita) BePink  
58Lucia Gonzalez (Spa) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias  
59Aafke Soet (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
60Nicole Steigenga (Ned) BePink  
61Lea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
62Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
63Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle High5  
Sprint 1 - 11.8 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women5 pts
2Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High54 
3Maria Novolodskaya (Rus) Cogeas3 
4Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM2 
5Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana1 
Sprint 2 - 23.6 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High55 pts
2Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women4 
3Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana3 
4Maria Novolodskaya (Rus) Cogeas2 
5Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women1 
Sprint 3 - 35.4 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope5 pts
2Lucia Gonzalez (Spa) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias4 
3Aafke Soet (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team3 
4Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies2 
5Ariadna Trias (Spa) Sopela Women's Team1 
Sprint 4 - 47.2 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope5 pts
2Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies4 
3Lucia Gonzalez (Spa) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias3 
4Aafke Soet (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team2 
5Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High51 
Sprint 5 - 59 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM5 pts
2Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women4 
3Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High53 
4Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women2 
5Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women1 
Sprint 6 - 70.8 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM5 pts
2Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High54 
3Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women3 
4Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women2 
5Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana1 
Sprint 7 - 82.6 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High55 pts
2Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women4 
3Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM3 
4Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women2 
5Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling10 pts
2Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women8 
3Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport6 
4Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM4 
5Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High52 
Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women2:35:03 
2Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women0:00:11 
3Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High50:00:15 
4Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women0:00:18 
5Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women0:00:24 
6Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High50:00:29 
7Kirsten Wild (Ned) Wiggle High50:00:36 
8Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women0:00:41 
9Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:57 
10Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Mitchelton Scott Women0:01:04 
11Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM0:01:08 
12Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:01:09 
13Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Cogeas0:01:15 
14Maaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City Ljubljana0:01:16 
15Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:01:17 
16Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women0:01:19 
17Coralie Demay (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:01:27 
18Maria Novolodskaya (Rus) Cogeas  
19Antri Christoforou (Cyp) Cogeas0:01:28 
20Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:01:29 
21Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:01:30 
22Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar PBM0:01:32 
23Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women  
24Lourdes Oyarbide (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:01:38 
25Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:01:40 
26Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:01:42 
27Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini  
28Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:01:46 
29Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:01:47 
30Winanda Spoor (Ned) WNT Rotor0:01:48 
31Meike Uiterwijk Winkel (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
32Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:01:50 
33Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:01:57 
34Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
35Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:02:02 
36Kelly Markus (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:02:03 
37Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:02:10 
38Ingvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:02:11 
39Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
40Marjolein van 'T Geloof (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:02:18 
41Danielle Christmas (GBr) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias0:02:27 
42Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:02:37 
43Sara Martin (Spa) Sopela Women's Team0:02:39 
44Sandra Alonso (Spa) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias0:02:46 
45Henrietta Colborne (GBr) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias  
46Sofia Rodriguez (Spa) Sopela Women's Team0:02:52 
47Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:02:57 
48Ana Usabiaga Balerdi (Spa) Spain0:03:01 
49Eukene Larrarte Artega (Spa) Spain0:03:07 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM17 pts
2Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High514 
3Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women11 
4Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling10 
5Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope10 
6Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women9 
7Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High59 
8Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women9 
9Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport7 
10Lucia Gonzalez (Spa) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias7 
11Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies6 
12Maria Novolodskaya (Rus) Cogeas5 
13Aafke Soet (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team5 
14Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana4 
15Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women4 
16Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM2 
17Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women2 
18Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women1 
19Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High51 
20Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana1 
21Ariadna Trias (Spa) Sopela Women's Team1 

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