Johansson wins stage 1 at Euskal Emakumeen Bira

Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5) took her first win of the season at stage 1 of Euskal Emakumeen Bira. She took the win ahead of late-race breakaway companion Carmen Small (Cervelo-Bigla), while her Wiggle High5 teammate Giorgia Bronzini won the sprint for third place.

"It was nice, it was really nice," Johansson said in a team press release. "We've been looking for that big win for a long time now, and so it was nice to actually get it also to have Gio backing up with a win in the sprint from the group behind. Of course we are still out for the GC, and maybe it would have been a better situation to have.

"I've been feeling great during the spring, and the way things have been coming together it was just a matter of time before I'd get to put my hands in the air."

Small took over the race lead from her teammate and prologue winner Lotta Lepisto. She now leads the overall classification by 12 seconds ahead of Lepisto, who finished fourth on the day, and 14 seconds ahead of Johansson.

The women raced a challenging 76.6km from from Eskoriatza and back to Eskoriatza. Although breakaways formed through out the stage, it was Small who made the winning move stick with rival Johansson over the final climb with 16km to go. 

"I attacked over the second climb," Small said in a team press release. "That was our tactic for the day, to go there and see if I hold it to the finish. If we stayed away I would take the jersey and if we were caught, Lotta would then hold the jersey. The team was super strong today and it was probably the best team performance of the season. A dangerous move went on the first climb and Joelle [Numainville] was incredible in shutting it down. She was on the front up the climbs, it was impressive to see. Stephanie [Pohl] was amazing, Clara [Koppenburg] was great and Ashleigh [Moolman-Pasio] was amazing as always."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High51:58:15
2Carmen Small (USA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High50:00:14
4Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Amanda Spratt (Aus) AustraliaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Edwige Pitel (Fra) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 7 - Cell 2
9Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Ale' CipolliniRow 8 - Cell 2
10Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Ale' CipolliniRow 9 - Cell 2
11Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5Row 10 - Cell 2
12Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (USA) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 12 - Cell 2
14Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Ganna Solovei (Ukr) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High5Row 16 - Cell 2
18Doris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:19
20Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia0:01:06
21Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) INPA - BianchiRow 20 - Cell 2
22Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:01:15
23Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Laura Camila Lozano Ramirez (Col) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 23 - Cell 2
25Paulina Brezezna (Pol) Mat-Atom Team SobotkaRow 24 - Cell 2
26Ana Maria Covrig (Rom) INPA - BianchiRow 25 - Cell 2
27Eider Merino Cortazar (Spa) Lointek teamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle High50:01:18
29Lara Vieceli (Ita) INPA - BianchiRow 28 - Cell 2
30Lorena Llamas Garcia (Spa) SpainRow 29 - Cell 2
31Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek0:01:58
32Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:01:59
33Claire Rose (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La SantaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Amber Neben (USA) Bepink0:02:05
35Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Ale' Cipollini0:02:17
36Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:02:34
37Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 36 - Cell 2
38Margarita Victoria Garcia (Spa) Bizkaia - DurangoRow 37 - Cell 2
39Asja Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo0:02:44
40Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australia0:02:55
41Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' CipolliniRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jennifer George (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43REIS Daniela Reis (Por) DN-17 Poitou CharentesRow 42 - Cell 2
44Monika Kiraly (Hun) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 43 - Cell 2
45Elise Maes (Lux) Vitalogic Astrokalb Radunion NöRow 44 - Cell 2
46Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:03:21
47Laura Massey (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Eva Buurman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 50 - Cell 2
52Nicole Moerig (Aus) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La SantaRow 51 - Cell 2
53Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Bizkaia - DurangoRow 52 - Cell 2
54Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) LointekRow 53 - Cell 2
55Rocio Del Alba Garcia Martinez (Spa) LointekRow 54 - Cell 2
56Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 55 - Cell 2
57Lex Albrecht (Can) BepinkRow 56 - Cell 2
58Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) INPA - BianchiRow 57 - Cell 2
59Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (Spa) SpainRow 58 - Cell 2
60Heidi Dalton (RSA) Bizkaia - DurangoRow 59 - Cell 2
61Christina Perchtold (Aut) Vitalogic Astrokalb Radunion NöRow 60 - Cell 2
62Kseniya Tuhai (Blr) BepinkRow 61 - Cell 2
63An-Li Kachelhoffer (RSA) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 62 - Cell 2
64Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 63 - Cell 2
65Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle High5Row 64 - Cell 2
66Hannah Payton (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Irene Bitto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa BortoloRow 66 - Cell 2
68Sophie Coleman (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Sari Saarelainen (Fin) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 68 - Cell 2
70Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 69 - Cell 2
71Monika Brezezna (Pol) Mat-Atom Team SobotkaRow 70 - Cell 2
72Sharon Laws (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La SantaRow 71 - Cell 2
73Marjolaine Bazin (Fra) DN-17 Poitou Charentes0:04:20
74Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Ale' CipolliniRow 73 - Cell 2
75Joelle Numainville (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:04:54
76Soraya Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo0:05:10
77Marta Lach (Pol) Mat-Atom Team Sobotka0:05:59
78Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Sara Headley-Clafferty (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La SantaRow 78 - Cell 2
80Simona Bortolotti (Ita) BepinkRow 79 - Cell 2
81Shannon Malseed (Aus) AustraliaRow 80 - Cell 2
82Louisa Lobigs (Aus) AustraliaRow 81 - Cell 2
83Kimberley Le Court De Billot (Mri) Bizkaia - DurangoRow 82 - Cell 2
84Astrid Chazal (Fra) DN-17 Poitou Charentes0:09:33
85Michela Pavin (Ita) INPA - Bianchi0:09:51
86Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) BepinkRow 85 - Cell 2
87Elena Leonardi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa BortoloRow 86 - Cell 2
88Nicole Dal Santo (Ita) Top Girls Fassa BortoloRow 87 - Cell 2
89Amy Gornall (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La SantaRow 88 - Cell 2
90Bethany Hayward (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La SantaRow 89 - Cell 2
91Rose Osborne (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Irene Usabiaga Balerdi (Spa) SpainRow 91 - Cell 2
93Jessica Allen (Aus) AustraliaRow 92 - Cell 2
94Ellen Skerritt (Aus) Ale' CipolliniRow 93 - Cell 2
95Frederica Nicolai (Ita) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 94 - Cell 2
96Dorleta Eskamendi Gil (Spa) SpainRow 95 - Cell 2
97Lierni Lekuona Etxebeste (Spa) Bizkaia - DurangoRow 96 - Cell 2
98Iurani Blanco Calbet (Spa) Spain0:10:58
99Claudia Cretti (Ita) INPA - BianchiRow 98 - Cell 2
100Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Sophie Almeida (Fra) DN-17 Poitou Charentes0:11:03
102Ziortza Isasi Cristobal (Spa) Bio Racer Elkar-KirolakRow 101 - Cell 2
103Laura Mendez Garcia (Spa) BZK Emakumeen Bira - Smurfit KappaRow 102 - Cell 2
104Astrid Gassner (Aut) Vitalogic Astrokalb Radunion NöRow 103 - Cell 2
105Paula Sanmartin (Spa) Bio Racer Elkar-KirolakRow 104 - Cell 2
106Desiree Duarte Castro (Spa) Bio Racer Elkar-KirolakRow 105 - Cell 2
107Catiuscia Grillo (Ita) Top Girls Fassa BortoloRow 106 - Cell 2
108Lucja Pietrzak (Pol) Mat-Atom Team SobotkaRow 107 - Cell 2
109Olatz Agorria Etxebarria (Spa) Bio Racer Elkar-KirolakRow 108 - Cell 2
110Michela Balducci (Ita) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 109 - Cell 2
111Ainhoa Candil Pascual (Spa) Bio Racer Elkar-KirolakRow 110 - Cell 2
112Ana Usaiaga Balerdi (Spa) SpainRow 111 - Cell 2
113Cristina Martinez Bonafe (Spa) Lointek teamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Ilda Carina Pinheiro Dal Silvia (Por) BZK Emakumeen Bira - Smurfit Kappa0:11:33
115Esther Munzo (Spa) BZK Emakumeen Bira - Smurfit KappaRow 114 - Cell 2
116Ilaria Bonomi (Ita) BepinkRow 115 - Cell 2
117Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Lointek0:11:38
118Nathalie Birli (Aut) Vitalogic Astrokalb Radunion Nö0:11:49
119Katarzyna Wilkos (Pol) Mat-Atom Team SobotkaRow 118 - Cell 2
120Lorena Ordinana Perez (Spa) BZK Emakumeen Bira - Smurfit Kappa0:12:33
121Steffi Jamoneau (Fra) DN-17 Poitou Charentes0:16:49
122Andrea Fraile (Spa) BZK Emakumeen Bira - Smurfit KappaRow 121 - Cell 2
123Mireia Orengo Llacer (Spa) BZK Emakumeen Bira - Smurfit KappaRow 122 - Cell 2
124Julia Rodruguez Martin (Spa) Bio Racer Elkar-Kirolak0:17:01
125Anna Badegruber (Aut) Vitalogic Astrokalb Radunion Nö0:17:37
126Lucia Valachova (Svk) Vitalogic Astrokalb Radunion Nö0:17:39
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High525pts
2Carmen Small (USA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High516Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Edwige Pitel (Fra) S.C. Michela Fanini8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Ale' Cipollini7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Ale' Cipollini6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High55Row 10 - Cell 3
12Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal Ladies3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team5pts
2Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' Cipollini1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ziortza Isasi Cristobal (Spa) Bio Racer Elkar-Kirolak5pts
2Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Doris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro Cycling3pts
2Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle High52Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) INPA - Bianchi1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Carmen Small (USA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team6pts
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High54Row 1 - Cell 3
3Doris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro Cycling2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam1Row 3 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling5:55:13
2Wiggle High5Row 1 - Cell 2
3Boels Dolmans Cycling Tea0:00:14
4Cylance - Cannondale Pro0:01:15
5Ale' Cipollini0:02:17
6Inpa - Bianchi0:03:11
7Parkhotel Valkenburg0:03:35
8Seleccion Australia0:03:47
9S.C. Michela Fanini0:03:56
10Lotto Soudal Ladies0:05:41
12Podium Ambition P.C.0:08:13
14Bizkaia - Durango0:08:48
15Drops Cycling Team0:09:09
16Mat-Atom Team Sobotka0:10:07
17Top Girls Fassa Bortolo0:10:47
18Seleccion Española0:14:02
19Dn17 Poitou-Charentes0:16:20
20Vitalogic Astrokalb Radun0:16:51
22Bzk Emakumeen Bira0:33:41
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General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Carmen Small (USA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team2:02:29
2Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:00:12
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High50:00:14
4Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:00:22
5Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:23