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Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta: Lorena Wiebes wins stage 1

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Lorena Wiebes (Team Sunweb) went deep to win stage 1

Lorena Wiebes (Team Sunweb) went deep to win stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lorena Wiebes (Team Sunweb) took the first leader's jersey

Lorena Wiebes (Team Sunweb) took the first leader's jersey (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Travel & Service)

Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Travel & Service) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lorena Wiebes (Team Sunweb) sprints to the line

Lorena Wiebes (Team Sunweb) sprints to the line (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lorena Wiebes (Team Sunweb) celebrates her victory at the Madrid Challenge

Lorena Wiebes (Team Sunweb) celebrates her victory at the Madrid Challenge (Image credit: Getty Images)
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New Italian national champion Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo)

New Italian national champion Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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European champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott)

European champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Annemiek Van Vleuten signs on for her last race with the Mitchelton-Scott team

Annemiek Van Vleuten signs on for her last race with the Mitchelton-Scott team (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Alice Barnes (Canyon-Sram)

Alice Barnes (Canyon-Sram) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The four-rider Trek-Segafredo team on the start podium

The four-rider Trek-Segafredo team on the start podium (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lorena Wiebes (Team Sunweb) wins stage1 of the 2020 Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta

Lorena Wiebes (Team Sunweb) wins stage1 of the 2020 Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The Mitchelton-Scott on the podium

The Mitchelton-Scott on the podium (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Elisa Longo Borghini and Anniek van Vleuten at the start of stage 1

Elisa Longo Borghini and Annemiek van Vleuten at the start of stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Letizia Paternoster (Trek-Segafredo)

Letizia Paternoster (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The Canyon-SRAM team prepares for the start

The Canyon-SRAM team prepares for the start (Image credit: Getty Images)

Lorena Wiebes (Team Sunweb) won stage 1 of Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, using her sprint and power to dominate the uphill finish in Escalona. 

Wiebes beat Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Travel & Service) and Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT) to the line after a fast race and a brief suspension of the action after the race was sent the wrong way.

Wiebes will now defend the leader's red jersey in Saturday's 9.3km time trial around Boadilla del Monte.

“Today was a fast race and the second half was both headwind and crosswind, which made it nervous,” Wiebes said after the stage. “The team did an amazing job to keep me out of the wind all the time and we had lots of cards to play today depending on how the race went. 

"In the end, it ended up in a bunch sprint and we were all there in the final where we all did our best to keep me in a good position towards the climb. It was a really hard finale and I’m happy that I could finish it off in a good way with the win today.”

How it unfolded

For the first time in the race’s six-year history, the Madrid Challenge consisted of three stages. The first day saw the peloton tackle 82.9km from to the Castle-Palace of Escalona after an uphill finish. The stage was not broadcast live on television.

With strong winds pushing the riders along, the stage was run at high speed, and there were no attacks until 55km to go when Mireia Benito (Massi-Tactic) went away alone.

Benito established a 40-second gap, but the race then had to be stopped when both she and the chasing peloton were led off course.

After the re-start, Benito continued to lead alone until she was stopped by a front wheel puncture some 35km from the finish.

Elisabet Escursell (Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte) and Silvia Valsecchi (BePink) launched a breakaway around the 20-kilometre mark but were quickly caught. With 11km to go, Malgorzata Jasinska (Cronos Casa Dorada) was the next to attack. She quickly pulled out a gap of 30 seconds before the peloton realised the danger and reeled her in again seven kilometres from the line.

The race stayed together in the final kilometres, setting up an uphill sprint where Wiebes was the strongest after making a huge effort.

Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Travel & Service) and Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT) finished second third but were more than a bike length behind her.

It was Wiebes’ second Women’s WorldTour race in a row after the Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Team Sunweb Women 2:00:16
2Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
3Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
4Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women
5Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:03
6Silvia Zanardi (Ita) Bepink 0:00:04
7Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-Sram Racing
8Laura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
9Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
10Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
11Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women
12Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women
13Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women
14Lucy Van der Haar (GBr) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
15Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women
16Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
17Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women
18Giorgia Catarzi (Ita) Bepink
19Christina Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
20Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women
21Minke Bakker (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
22Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Bizkaia-Durango
23Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
24Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women
25Susana Perez Conejero (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
26Camilla Alessio (Ita) Bepink
27Sara Martin Martin (Spa) Sopela Women's Team
28Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
29Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cronos-Casa Dorada
30Christa Riffel (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing
31Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
32Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women
33Julie Leth (Den) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
34Sandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Cronos-Casa Dorada
35Urska Pintar (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
36Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women
37Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Canyon-Sram Racing
38Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing
39Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott Women
40Emilie Fortin (Can) Bizkaia-Durango
41Rachel Neylan (Aus) Cronos-Casa Dorada
42Simona Frapporti (Ita) Bepink
43Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
44Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-Sram Racing
45Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women
46Marieke de Groot (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
47Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink
48Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
49Belen Lopez Morales (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
50Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
51Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
52Alessia Vigilia (Ita) Cronos-Casa Dorada
53Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
54Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women
55Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar Team Women
56Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women
57Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
58Lara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
59Mieke Kröger (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
60Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
61Jessica Roberts (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott Women
62Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
63Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
64Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
65Janneke Ensing (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women
66Paula Diaz Lopez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:03:35
67Claire Steels (GBr) Sopela Women's Team 0:05:55
68Carolina Esteban Fernandez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
69Lydia Iglesias Bares (Spa) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:05:57
70Vania Canvelli (Ita) Bepink
71Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
72Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Massi Tactic Women Team
73Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
74Emma Ortiz Bonilla (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:06:21
75Martina Moreno (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:09:13
76Ariana Gilabert Vilaplana (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
77Patricia Ortega Ruiz (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
78Laura Tenorio ((Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:09:21
79Elisabet Escursell Valero (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:00:04
DNFIurani Blanco Calbet (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
DNFMartin Gjøs (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
DNFNaia Amondarain Gaztañaga (Spa) Sopela Women's Team
DNFMaria Banlles Santamaria (Spa) Sopela Women's Team
DNSWilma Olausson (Swe) Team Sunweb Women

Sprint 1 - Escalona, km 82
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Team Sunweb Women 5
2Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 4
3Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 3
4Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women 2
5Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing 1

Young Riders
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Team Sunweb Women 2:00:16
2Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
3Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women
4Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:03
5Silvia Zanardi (Ita) Bepink 0:00:04
6Laura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
7Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
8Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women
9Giorgia Catarzi (Ita) Bepink
10Christina Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
11Minke Bakker (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
12Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Bizkaia-Durango
13Susana Perez Conejero (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
14Camilla Alessio (Ita) Bepink
15Sara Martin Martin (Spa) Sopela Women's Team
16Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
17Christa Riffel (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing
18Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women
19Sandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Cronos-Casa Dorada
20Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing
21Emilie Fortin (Can) Bizkaia-Durango
22Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-Sram Racing
23Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
24Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
25Alessia Vigilia (Ita) Cronos-Casa Dorada
26Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
27Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women
28Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women
29Jessica Roberts (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott Women
30Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
31Paula Diaz Lopez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:03:35
32Carolina Esteban Fernandez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:05:55
33Lydia Iglesias Bares (Spa) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:05:57
34Vania Canvelli (Ita) Bepink
35Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
36Emma Ortiz Bonilla (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:06:21
37Martina Moreno (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:09:13
38Ariana Gilabert Vilaplana (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
39Laura Tenorio ((Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:09:21
40Elisabet Escursell Valero (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:00:04

Teams
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ceratizit-WNT Pro 6:00:56
2Team Sunweb Women
3Valcar-Travel & Service
4Movistar Team Women
5Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:03
6Trek--Segafredo Women 0:00:04
7Bepink
8Mitchelton-Scott Women
9Ale' BTC Ljubljana
10Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
11Cronos-Casa Dorada
12Hitec Products-Birk Sport
13Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:03:35
14Massi Tactic Women Team 0:05:57
15Bizkaia-Durango 0:09:13
16Sopela Women's Team 0:12:12

General classification after stage 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Team Sunweb Women 2:00:01
2Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:05
3Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:00:10
4Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women 0:00:15
5Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:18
6Silvia Zanardi (Ita) Bepink 0:00:19
7Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-Sram Racing
8Laura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
9Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
10Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
11Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women
12Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women
13Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women
14Lucy Van der Haar (GBr) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
15Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women
16Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
17Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women
18Giorgia Catarzi (Ita) Bepink
19Christina Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
20Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women
21Minke Bakker (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
22Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Bizkaia-Durango
23Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
24Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women
25Susana Perez Conejero (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
26Camilla Alessio (Ita) Bepink
27Sara Martin Martin (Spa) Sopela Women's Team
28Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
29Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cronos-Casa Dorada
30Christa Riffel (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing
31Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
32Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women
33Julie Leth (Den) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
34Sandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Cronos-Casa Dorada
35Urska Pintar (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
36Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women
37Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Canyon-Sram Racing
38Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing
39Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott Women
40Emilie Fortin (Can) Bizkaia-Durango
41Rachel Neylan (Aus) Cronos-Casa Dorada
42Simona Frapporti (Ita) Bepink
43Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
44Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-Sram Racing
45Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women
46Marieke de Groot (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
47Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink
48Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
49Belen Lopez Morales (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
50Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
51Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
52Alessia Vigilia (Ita) Cronos-Casa Dorada
53Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
54Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women
55Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar Team Women
56Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women
57Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
58Lara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
59Mieke Kröger (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
60Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
61Jessica Roberts (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott Women
62Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
63Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
64Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
65Janneke Ensing (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women
66Elisabet Escursell Valero (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
67Paula Diaz Lopez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:03:50
68Claire Steels (GBr) Sopela Women's Team 0:06:10
69Carolina Esteban Fernandez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
70Lydia Iglesias Bares (Spa) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:06:12
71Vania Canvelli (Ita) Bepink
72Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
73Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Massi Tactic Women Team
74Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
75Emma Ortiz Bonilla (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:06:36
76Martina Moreno (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:09:28
77Ariana Gilabert Vilaplana (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
78Patricia Ortega Ruiz (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
79Laura Tenorio ((Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:09:36

Points classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Team Sunweb Women 5
2Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 4
3Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 3
4Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women 2
5Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing 1

Teams classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ceratizit-WNT Pro 6:00:56
2Team Sunweb Women
3Valcar-Travel & Service
4Movistar Team Women
5Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:03
6Trek--Segafredo Women 0:00:04
7Bepink
8Mitchelton-Scott Women
9Ale' BTC Ljubljana
10Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
11Cronos-Casa Dorada
12Hitec Products-Birk Sport
13Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:03:35
14Massi Tactic Women Team 0:05:57
15Bizkaia-Durango 0:09:13
16Sopela Women's Team 0:12:12

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