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Ceratizit Challenge by la Vuelta 2021

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SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 05 LR Marlen Reusser of Switzerland and Team Ale Btc Ljubljana Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team red leader jersey and Elise Chabbey of Switzerland and Team Canyon SRAM Racing celebrate winning on the podium ceremony after the 7th Ceratizit Challenge By La Vuelta 2021 Stage 4 a 1074 km at stage from As Pontes to Santiago de Compostela ChallengeVuelta CERATIZITChallenge21 on September 05 2021 in Santiago de Compostela Spain Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Annemiek van Vleuten wins 2021 Challenge by la Vuelta (Image credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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PEREIRO DE AGUIAR SPAIN SEPTEMBER 04 Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team celebrates winning during the 7th Ceratizit Challenge By La Vuelta 2021 Stage 3 a 1079km stage from Estacin de Montaa de Manzaneda to Pereiro de Aguiar ChallengeVuelta CERATIZITChallenge21 on September 04 2021 in Pereiro de Aguiar Spain Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo MorenoGetty Images

Annemiek van Vleuten wins stage 3 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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A POBRA DE TRIVES SPAIN SEPTEMBER 03 Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team sprints during the 7th Ceratizit Challenge By La Vuelta 2021 Stage 2 a 73km individual time trial in Estacin Invernal Cabeza de Manzaneda 1490m ChallengeVuelta CERATIZITChallenge21 on September 03 2021 in A Pobra de Trives Spain Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo MorenoGetty Images

Annemiek van Vleuten of Movistar won the stage 2 time trial (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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A RUA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 02 Marlen Reusser of Switzerland and Team Ale Btc Ljubljana celebrates winning during the 7th Ceratizit Challenge By La Vuelta 2021 Stage 1 a 1187 stage from Estacin Invernal Cabeza de Manzaneda to A Rua ChallengeVuelta CERATIZITChallenge21 on September 02 2021 in A Rua Spain Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo MorenoGetty Images

Marlen Reusser wins stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Van Vleuten wins the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) won the overall title at the 2021 Challenge by La Vuelta. 

Van Vleuten took a solo win on the previous day's stage 3 to take the leader's jersey  and maintained her overall lead after finishing safely in the field on the stage 4 finale in Santiago de Compostela.

The leader of the Women's WorldTour won the overall title ahead Marlen Reusser (Ale BTC Ljubljana) and Elise Chabbey (Canyon-SRAM).

The four-day race closed with 107.4km from As Pontes to Santiago de Compostela. 

Lotte Kopecky (Liv Racing) took the win on the final stage 4 ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) and Anna Henderson (Jumbo-Visma Women Team).

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Liv Racing 2:29:37
2Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
3Anna Henderson (GBr) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:00:04
4Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) Team SD Worx 0:00:06
5Silvia Zanardi (Ita) BePink
6Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
7Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM Racing
8Liane Lippert (Ger) Team DSM 0:00:08
9Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team DSM

Final general classification after stage 4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar Team Women 8:40:18
2Marlen Reusser (Swi) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:01:34
3Elise Chabbey (Swi) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:03:12
4Marta Cavalli (Ita) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:03:30
5Liane Lippert (Ger) Team DSM 0:03:59
6Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:04:04
7Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:04:13
8Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team DSM 0:04:38
9Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) Team SD Worx 0:04:57
10Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Liv Racing 0:07:58

Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta

The organisers of the Women's WorldTour race, the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta, have expanded their event to a four-day race held from September 2-5 in Spain.

The event is part of the Women's WorldTour and will included 24 participating teams.

All nine top-tier Women's WorldTeams will be on the start line including Alé BTC Ljubljana, Canyon-SRAM, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, Liv Racing, Movistar Team Women, Team BikeExchange, Team DSM, Team SD Worx and Trek-Segafredo.

Organisers have also invited 15 wildcard teams that are part of the second-tier of Continental teams that include Spain-based teams Bizkaia – Durango, Eneicat – RBH Global – Martin Villa, Laboral Kutxa – Fundación Euskadi, Massi – Tactic Women Team, Rio Miera – Cantabria Deporte, Sopela Women’s Team, Team Farto – BTC and Women Cycling Sport.

Ceratiizit-WNT, the team of two-time defending champion Lisa Brennauer, will be on the start line along with Norwegian Team Coop-Hitec Products, Canadian team Instafund Racing, Dutch team Jumbo-Visma, American outfit Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank and Italian teams Bepink and Valcar-Travel & Service.

The route

This year's race has expanded to four days of racing, up one stage compared to last year, and is the only Women's WordTour race held in September. The four stages will include two mid-mountain stages, a mountain time trial to the Cabeza de Manzaneda Ski Resort, and sprint finale in Santiago de Compostela.

History

The Ceratizit Challenge started out as a one-day race in Madrid in 2015 won by Shelley Olds, while the 2016 and 2017 editions were won by Jolien D'hoore . The event expanded to two stages in 2018 won by Ellen van Dijk. Brennauer won back-to-back editions in 2019 and in 2020, when a third stage was added. However, this year's race will be the toughest of all the editions.

Teams

  • Ale’ BTC Ljubljana (ITA)
  • Canyon-SRAM Racing (GER)
  • FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope (FRA)
  • Liv Racing (NED)
  • Movistar Team Women (ESP)
  • Team BikeExchange (AUS)
  • Team DSM (GER)
  • Team SD Worx (NED)
  • Trek-Segafredo (USA)
  • Bepink (ITA)
  • Bizkaia – Durango (ESP)
  • CERATIZIT – WNT Pro Cycling Team (GER)
  • Eneicat – RBH Global – Martin Villa (ESP)
  • Team Coop – Hitec Products (NOR)
  • Instafund Racing (CAN)
  • Jumbo-Visma Women Cycling Team (NED)
  • Laboral Kutxa – Fundación Euskadi (ESP)
  • Massi – Tactic Women Team (ESP)
  • Rio Miera – Cantabria Deporte (ESP)
  • Sopela Women’s Team (ESP)
  • Team Farto – BTC (ESP)
  • Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank (USA)
  • Valcar – Travel & Service (ITA)
  • Women Cycling Sport (ESP)

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