Bronzini wins Madrid Challenge stage

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.



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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling2:17:28
2Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott WomenRow 1 - Cell 2
3Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 2 - Cell 2
4Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 3 - Cell 2
5Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High5Row 4 - Cell 2
6Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 5 - Cell 2
7Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 6 - Cell 2
8Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team WomenRow 7 - Cell 2
9Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale CipolliniRow 8 - Cell 2
10Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Danielle Christmas (GBr) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi MuriasRow 10 - Cell 2
12Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 11 - Cell 2
13Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) CogeasRow 12 - Cell 2
14Sara Martin (Spa) Sopela Women's TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Coralie Demay (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 14 - Cell 2
16Winanda Spoor (Ned) WNT RotorRow 15 - Cell 2
17Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:00:13
18Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb WomenRow 17 - Cell 2
19Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Mitchelton Scott WomenRow 18 - Cell 2
20Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 20 - Cell 2
22Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 21 - Cell 2
23Alicia Gonzalez (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 22 - Cell 2
24Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb WomenRow 23 - Cell 2
25Maria Martins (Por) Sopela Women's TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 25 - Cell 2
27Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale CipolliniRow 26 - Cell 2
28Alba Teruel (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 27 - Cell 2
29Kirsten Wild (Ned) Wiggle High5Row 28 - Cell 2
30Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 29 - Cell 2
31Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 30 - Cell 2
32Sofia Rodriguez (Spa) Sopela Women's TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Ana Usabiaga Balerdi (Spa) SpainRow 32 - Cell 2
34Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 33 - Cell 2
35Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 34 - Cell 2
36Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5Row 35 - Cell 2
37Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 36 - Cell 2
38Maria Novolodskaya (Rus) CogeasRow 37 - Cell 2
39Antri Christoforou (Cyp) CogeasRow 38 - Cell 2
40Kelly Markus (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:00:19
41Sandra Alonso (Spa) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi MuriasRow 40 - Cell 2
42Nina Kessler (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 41 - Cell 2
43Henrietta Colborne (GBr) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi MuriasRow 42 - Cell 2
44Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 43 - Cell 2
45Marjolein van 'T Geloof (Ned) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 44 - Cell 2
46Elizaveta Oshurkova (Rus) CogeasRow 45 - Cell 2
47Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb WomenRow 46 - Cell 2
48Meike Uiterwijk Winkel (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 47 - Cell 2
49Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 48 - Cell 2
50Maaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City LjubljanaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Ingvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 50 - Cell 2
52Eukene Larrarte Artega (Spa) SpainRow 51 - Cell 2
53Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 52 - Cell 2
54Corinna Lechner (Ger) BTC City LjubljanaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Lourdes Oyarbide (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 54 - Cell 2
56Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 55 - Cell 2
57Lisa Morzenti (Ita) BePinkRow 56 - Cell 2
58Lucia Gonzalez (Spa) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi MuriasRow 57 - Cell 2
59Aafke Soet (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Nicole Steigenga (Ned) BePinkRow 59 - Cell 2
61Lea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 61 - Cell 2
63Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle High5Row 62 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - 11.8 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women5pts
2Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High54Row 1 - Cell 3
3Maria Novolodskaya (Rus) Cogeas3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - 23.6 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High55pts
2Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Maria Novolodskaya (Rus) Cogeas2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - 35.4 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope5pts
2Lucia Gonzalez (Spa) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Aafke Soet (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Ariadna Trias (Spa) Sopela Women's Team1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Sprint 4 - 47.2 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope5pts
2Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lucia Gonzalez (Spa) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Aafke Soet (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High51Row 4 - Cell 3
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Sprint 5 - 59 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM5pts
2Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High53Row 2 - Cell 3
4Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Sprint 6 - 70.8 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM5pts
2Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High54Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Sprint 7 - 82.6 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High55pts
2Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport1Row 4 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling10pts
2Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High52Row 4 - Cell 3
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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) CogeasRow 17 - Cell 2
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 WomenRow 22 - Cell 2
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 CipolliniRow 26 - Cell 2
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 ValkenburgRow 30 - Cell 2
32Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:01:50
33Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:01:57
34Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 33 - Cell 2
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 SportRow 38 - Cell 2
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 MuriasRow 44 - Cell 2
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
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Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM17pts
2Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High514Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women11Row 2 - Cell 3
4Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling10Row 3 - Cell 3
5Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope10Row 4 - Cell 3
6Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women9Row 5 - Cell 3
7Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High59Row 6 - Cell 3
8Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women9Row 7 - Cell 3
9Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Lucia Gonzalez (Spa) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias7Row 9 - Cell 3
11Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies6Row 10 - Cell 3
12Maria Novolodskaya (Rus) Cogeas5Row 11 - Cell 3
13Aafke Soet (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team5Row 12 - Cell 3
14Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana4Row 13 - Cell 3
15Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women4Row 14 - Cell 3
16Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM2Row 15 - Cell 3
17Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women2Row 16 - Cell 3
18Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women1Row 17 - Cell 3
19Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High51Row 18 - Cell 3
20Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana1Row 19 - Cell 3
21Ariadna Trias (Spa) Sopela Women's Team1Row 20 - Cell 3

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