Dygert disappointed with third place in Vuelta Femenina stage 2

PILAR DE LA HORADADA, SPAIN - MAY 02: (L-R) Chloé Dygert of The United States and Team Canyon//SRAM Racing, Marianne Vos of The Netherlands and Team Jumbo-Visma - Polka dot Mountain Jersey and Charlotte Kool of The Netherlands and Team DSM sprint at finish line during the 9th La Vuelta Femenina 2023, Stage 2 a 105.8km stage from Orihuela to Pilar de la Horadada / #UCIWWT / on May 02, 2023 in Pilar de la Horadada, Spain. (Photo by Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
Chloe Dygert (Canyon-SRAM) sprints for third on stage 2 riding behind second-placed Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)

When Canyon-SRAM announced the signing of a four-year contract with Chloé Dygert in late 2020, the then-23-year-old was recovering from a horrific, career-threatening crash at the ITT World Championships in Imola that left her with an 80-percent lacerated leg. Only now is she finally riding the first stage race with her new team as injuries and illness forced her to take a step back after attempted comebacks.

After a total recovery period of two-and-a-half years, it was hard to predict what to expect from Dygert, now 26 years old, at La Vuelta Femenina. But already in the stage 1 team time trial, she showed that she was back, playing a key role in the runner-up finish for Canyon-SRAM. 

In the closing stretch of stage 2, Dygert made a bold bid for the stage victory and red leader’s jersey, accelerating out of the bunch at the 500-metre mark. She was passed by Charlotte Kool (Team DSM) and Marianne Vos (Team Jumbo-Visma) in the final metres and finished third on the stage. She now sits one second behind Vos in GC.

“I’m disappointed for sure. I knew attacking was my best option for a stage win, I just went a tad early. But I am very blessed and grateful to be healthy enough to be competing at the top level again,” Dygert said after the stage.

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.