Annemiek van Vleuten wins Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott)
Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) (Image credit: Mitchelton-Scott)

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) completed a hat-trick of victories at the season restart in Spain this weekend, soloing to victory at Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria on Sunday. The world champion cleared her rivals on the final climb of the Goiuria Gaina and descended into Durango alone with the win ahead of Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo).

After being halted due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the season restarted with three one-day races in the Basque Country where Van Vleuten also won Emakumeen Nafarroako Klasikoa on Thursday and Vuelta Ciclista a Navarra on Friday. It is her fourth consecutive victory in the rainbow jersey after winning Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in February.

“I cannot remember winning four-races in a row, actually five, because the world championships started it," Van Vleuten said in a team press release.

“I don’t want to be arrogant; it is unbelievable for me to win these three races; I cannot have believed this would have happened.

“I have to say Friday was the biggest surprise but today I knew the final so I knew if it stayed together then it would be good for me. It was a super steep climb which I know really well."

How it unfolded

The third event of the one-day Spanish races, Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria, offered the women’s peloton a 113km race held on a large circuit that included several intermediate sprints, and then two final climbs over the Goiuria Gaina at 100km and 110km, before descending to the finish line in Durango.

The race started fast with multiple attacks but nothing cleared the field as riders and teams pursued the intermediate sprints on the circuit. Tanja Erath (Canyon-SRAM) took full points at the sprints located at the 45km and 62km marks, while Italian champion Marta Bastianelli (Ale) emerged from the field to win the final intermediate sprint in Miotan.

The peloton then faced the Goiuria Gaina, which was always the most likely place for the race to split apart. The field tackled this climb twice, first through Berriz,  where the 4.9km ascent offered a fairly shallow average grade of 4.9 per cent but with sections as steep as 6 per cent near the top. The field then raced up it a second time, but through San Juan, which offered steeper sections of 11 and 17 per cent.

The first rider to clear the field came at the 88km mark (25km to go) after a strong attack from Ale BTC Ljubljana rider Maaike Boogaard. She gained 30 seconds and provided a perfect set-up for her teammate Mavi Garcia to bridge across to her on the lower slopes of the Goiuria Gaina.

It wasn’t long before a select group of 15 riders led by Van Vleuten caught up to the breakaway. Van Vleuten crested the climb first to take the full QOM points followed by Garcia and Clara Koppenburg (Equipe Paule Ka).

“Going into the final the team did a super good job with Moniek [Tenniglo] and Georgia [Williams] all the time controlling the bunch and that really helped me, so I didn’t have to-do any effort before the climb," Van Vleuten said. "Also, a big shout out to Amanda Spratt today, she was always offensive always there and it is always nice to see her there and we can go to Strade Bianche now with confidence."

Seventeen riders descended toward San Juan and the second and final climb over Goiuria Gaina. Van Vleuten made her winning move on the steeper slopes of the ascent and quickly gained 20 seconds, along with full mountain points, on a chasing van der Breggen. Meanwhile, Koppenburg put forth an impressive ride powering over the climb next ahead of Longo Borghini and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv).

“I attacked at the start with the first steep part of the final climb and then Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) surprised me with a really, really big attack, but actually I could follow her, then she blew half-way up the steep climb, so I could take over and go my own speed to the top," Van Vleuten said.

Van Vleuten held a small 10-second led on Van der Breggen over the top and down the descent with three kilometres to go. Van der Breggen wasn’t strong enough to close the gap to her compatriot and was forced to settle for second place as Van Vleuten took her third consecutive win in Spain.

“Anna was just behind me between 10 and 15 seconds so I had to go full gas on the descent. I had a bit of a flashback to La Course and last year in the Giro, so it was a really interesting fight between Anna and me. I could not relax on the descent or really enjoy it, but it was a beautiful final," she said.

“To win every race in the jersey; for sure I cannot keep this record but for now it is nice. At first, they wanted to interview me about the curse of the rainbow jersey, but I am really happy I don’t have that curse."


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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton Scott 2:51:17
2Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:00:18
3Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek - Segafredo 0:01:05
4Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Equipe Paule Ka 0:01:07
5Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar - Travel & Service 0:01:38
6Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Ccc - Liv
7Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek - Segafredo
8Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott
9Margarita Victo Garcia Cañellas (Spa) Ale' Btc Ljubljana
10Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Ceratizit - Wnt Pro Cycling Team
11Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Fdj Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope
12Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon / /Sram Racing
13Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) Equipe Paule Ka
14Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Ccc - Liv
15Eider Merino Cortazar (Spa) Movistar Team Women
16Erica Magnaldi (Ita) Ceratizit - Wnt Pro Cycling Team
17Marianne Vos (Ned) Ccc - Liv 0:02:10
18Elise Chabbey (Swi) Equipe Paule Ka
19Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon / /Sram Racing 0:02:44
20Nadine Michaela Gill (Ger) 0:02:56
21Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale' Btc Ljubljana 0:03:21
22Marlen Reusser (Swi) Equipe Paule Ka
23Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling 0:03:51
24Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek - Segafredo 0:04:02
25Jelena Erić (Srb) Movistar Team Women
26Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
27Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Ccc - Liv
28Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Ccc - Liv
29Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' Btc Ljubljana
30Silvia Zanardi (Ita) Bepink
31Carolina Upegui Quevedo (Col) Colombia
32Daniela Atehortua Hoyos (Col) Colombia
33Severine Eraud (Fra) Charente - Maritime Women Cycling
34Brodie Chapman (Aus) Fdj Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope
35Evita Muzic (Fra) Fdj Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope
36Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott 0:04:06
37Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:04:09
38Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek - Segafredo 0:04:20
39Sophie Wright (GBr) Equipe Paule Ka 0:04:31
40Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon / /Sram Racing 0:04:47
41Urska Pintar (Slo) Ale' Btc Ljubljana 0:04:50
42Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon / /Sram Racing 0:05:17
43Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Bizkaia - Durango
44Giorgia Catarzi (Ita) Bepink
45Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Bizkaia - Durango
46Jade Wiel (Fra) Fdj Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope
47Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women
48Victorie Guilman (Fra) Fdj Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope
49Markéta Hájková (Cze) Bepink 0:05:29
50Claire Steels (GBr) Sopela Women'S Team 0:05:52
51Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Ceratizit - Wnt Pro Cycling Team 0:06:24
52Lija Laizane (Lat) Eneicat -Rbh Global
53Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit - Wnt Pro Cycling Team 0:06:26
54Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango
55Paula Suarez Chasco (Spa) 0:06:29
56Chantal Van Den Broek-Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:07:02
57Lara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit - Wnt Pro Cycling Team
58Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Movistar Team Women
59Eva Buurman (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
60Erika Milena Botero Lopez (Col) Colombia 0:07:18
61Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:07:26
62Tanja Erath (Ger) Canyon / /Sram Racing 0:07:30
63Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:07:44
64Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:07:45
65Susana Perez Conejero (Spa) Rio Miera - Cantabria Deporte 0:07:51
66Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Equipe Paule Ka 0:07:54
67Karolina Perekitko (Pol) Massi Tactic Women Team
68Vania Canvelli (Ita) Bepink
69Ariana Gilabert Vilaplana (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango 0:08:26
70Nicole Steigenga (Ned) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling 0:08:31
71Maria Gomez Quiza (Col) Colombia
72Elisabet Escursell Valero (Spa) Rio Miera - Cantabria Deporte
73Lucie Lahaye (Fra) Charente - Maritime Women Cycling
74Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:08:39
75Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar - Travel & Service 0:08:52
76Paula Andrea Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women
77Laura Milena Toconas Ruiz (Col) Colombia 0:09:12
78Celia Le Mouel (Fra) Charente - Maritime Women Cycling
79Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar - Travel & Service 0:09:44
80Patricia Ortega Ruiz (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
81Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton Scott 0:10:02
82Stine Borgli (Nor) Fdj Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:10:52
83Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale' Btc Ljubljana
84Varvara Fasoi (Gre) Eneicat -Rbh Global
85Agnieta Francke (Ned) 0:11:41
86Noemie Abgrall (Fra) Charente - Maritime Women Cycling 0:12:38
87Alessia Bulleri (Ita) Eneicat -Rbh Global 0:13:20
88Eukene Larrarte Arteaga (Spa) Eneicat -Rbh Global 0:13:22
OTLLonneke Uneken (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
OTLMarieke Van Witzenburg (Ned) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling
OTLLea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) Ceratizit - Wnt Pro Cycling Team
OTLTeniel Campbell TTO Valcar - Travel & Service
OTLIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar - Travel & Service
OTLLauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek - Segafredo
OTLTrixi Worrack (Ger) Trek - Segafredo
OTLIndia Grangier (Fra) Charente - Maritime Women Cycling
DNFMoniek Tenniglo (Ned) Mitchelton Scott
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' Btc Ljubljana
DNFAmaia Lartitegi Ormazabal (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango
DNFCristina Martinez Bonafe (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango
DNFElla Harris (NZl) Canyon / /Sram Racing
DNFMarta Jaskulska (Pol) Ccc - Liv
DNFMieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling
DNFMinke Bakker (Ned) Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink
DNFMelissa Van Neck (Cze) Bepink
DNFNaia Amondarain Gaztañaga (Spa) Sopela Women'S Team
DNFMaria Banlles Santamaria (Spa) Sopela Women'S Team
DNFGarazi Erostarbe Ugarte (Spa) Sopela Women'S Team
DNFEmma Ortiz Bonilla (Spa) Sopela Women'S Team
DNFSofia Rodriguez Revert (Spa) Sopela Women'S Team
DNFNerea Nuño Iglesias (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
DNFZiortza Isasi Cristobal (Spa) Eneicat -Rbh Global
DNFMayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Eneicat -Rbh Global
DNFMaria De Los Angeles Medina Gonzalez (Spa) Rio Miera - Cantabria Deporte
DNFElena Perez Muñoz (Spa) Rio Miera - Cantabria Deporte
DNFLaura Tenorio Herrero (Spa) Rio Miera - Cantabria Deporte
DNFElena Pirrone (Ita) Valcar - Travel & Service
DNFPolly Mason (GBr)
DNFSara Bonillo Talens (Spa)
DNFCamila Ayala Mussard (Arg)
DNFAna Maria Gago Guillen (Spa)
DNFAinhize Barrainkua Agirre (Spa)
DNFDolores Gomez Ramos (Spa)
DNFAinara Sanz Vaz-Romero (Spa)
DNFAlice Coutinho (Fra) Charente - Maritime Women Cycling
DNFKatherin Steisy Montoya Zuluaga (Col) Colombia
DNFEdymar Daniely Brea Abreu (Ven)
DNFJoselyn Daniely Brea Abreu (Ven)
DNFLara Lois Garcia (Spa)
DNFSandra Moral Ventosinos (Spa)
DNFDiana Pedrosa (Por)
DNFCristina Pujol Muñoz (Spa)

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