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Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta: Brennauer wins stage 2 ITT

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Lisa Brennauer wins stage 2 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Elisa Longo Borghini (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lorena Wiebes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lisa Brennauer and Lorena Wiebes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Elisa Longo Borghini (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Annemiek Van Vleuten (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lisa Brennauer (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Leah Kirchmann (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lisa Brennauer (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Ellen van Dijk (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lisa Brenanuer (Image credit: Getty Images)

Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT) has won stage 2 of the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, repeating last year's success in the time trial and putting herself into the overall lead ahead of the final stage.

Brennauer was fastest over the 9.3km course in Boadilla del Monte, stopping the clock after 12:40 seconds and beating Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) by just one second. Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) was third, four seconds behind Brennauer.

Stage 1 winner Lorena Wiebes (Team Sunweb) performed very well, but her time of 13:08 meant that she had to relinquish the overall lead.

“It was very difficult. There was a strong wind, often a headwind, so you also had to push in the downhills, and it also started to rain a little bit,” Brennauer said after the race. “The roads were wet, and I had to go safe out of the corners and probably lost some seconds here and there. But I went fast where I could, and I am so happy with this victory. I didn’t know it was that close, so I’m happy I pushed all the way to the line.”

Looking ahead to the final stage, 17 laps of a circuit in Madrid with bonus seconds on offer at seven intermediate sprints and the finish, Brennauer continued: “Of course I want to win, and now I have the opportunity. My team and I will work on a good strategy for tomorrow. I know the race well, and we have defended the jersey last year, so I will try my best to take some seconds tomorrow, and then we have to see. There is some pressure, but not in a bad way.”

How it unfolded

The individual time trial was held on a technical course with several roundabouts, two U-turns, and two short climbs, using the same route as in 2019.

The first benchmark was set by Janneke Ensing (Mitchelton-Scott) who finished in 13:35 minutes. Only a few minutes later, Vita Heine (Hitec Products-Birk Sport) improved this by 24 seconds, closely followed by her teammate Mieke Kröger who set another best time of 13:01 minutes.

Kröger remained at the top of the leaderboard for 40 minutes and was first beaten by Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb) who stopped the clock at 12:54 minutes. Ten minutes later, Longo Borghini turned heads with a very strong ride over the technical course, taking the lead with 12:41 minutes.

On a course that did not play to their strengths, time trial specialists like Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) and Van Dijk failed to beat Longo Borghini’s time, and only Brennauer was left as a challenger for the stage victory.

Brennauer is the defending champion after her 2019 victory, mainly due to her time trial skills, and she lived up to her role as favourite, beating Longo Borghini by one second on the finish line.

Overnight leader Wiebes also did a strong time trial, finishing just outside the top-10 in 13:08 minutes. The young Dutch sprinter is now fifth in GC, 18 seconds behind Brennauer. Longo Borghini is second at 10 seconds, with Van Dijk and Van Vleuten at 13 and 17 seconds respectively.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:12:40
2Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:00:01
3Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:00:04
4Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:00:08
5Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women 0:00:14
6Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:00:18
7Mieke Kröger (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport 0:00:21
8Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:25
9Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:00:26
10Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:28
11Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Team Sunweb Women
12Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport 0:00:31
13Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:33
14Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott Women
15Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women 0:00:35
16Jessica Roberts (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:00:37
17Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:00:38
18Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:43
19Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:00:44
20Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:50
21Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar Team Women 0:00:51
22Janneke Ensing (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:00:55
23Christina Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
24Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women 0:00:56
25Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women
26Julie Leth (Den) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:00:59
27Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:01:00
28Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink 0:01:01
29Wilma Olausson (Swe) Team Sunweb Women 0:01:02
30Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:01:03
31Camilla Alessio (Ita) Bepink 0:01:06
32Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:01:08
33Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
34Christa Riffel (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing
35Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:01:11
36Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:01:17
37Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:01:19
38Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women 0:01:21
39Silvia Zanardi (Ita) Bepink 0:01:24
40Simona Frapporti (Ita) Bepink
41Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:01:28
42Urska Pintar (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:01:29
43Laura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:01:33
44Claire Steels (GBr) Sopela Women's Team 0:01:35
45Lara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:01:37
46Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women
47Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:01:39
48Alessia Vigilia (Ita) Cronos-Casa Dorada
49Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:01:40
50Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:01:42
51Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
52Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:01:45
53Sara Martin Martin (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:01:47
54Giorgia Catarzi (Ita) Bepink
55Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:01:48
56Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport 0:01:49
57Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:01:50
58Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:01:51
59Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:01:52
60Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Bizkaia-Durango 0:01:54
61Sandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Cronos-Casa Dorada
62Rachel Neylan (Aus) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:01:57
63Belen Lopez Morales (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:02:00
64Susana Perez Conejero (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
65Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:02:04
66Paula Diaz Lopez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:02:06
67Patricia Ortega Ruiz (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:02:07
68Marieke de Groot (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport 0:02:15
69Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:02:17
70Emilie Fortin (Can) Bizkaia-Durango 0:02:22
71Lucy Van der Haar (GBr) Hitec Products-Birk Sport 0:02:24
72Ariana Gilabert Vilaplana (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango 0:02:30
73Lydia Iglesias Bares (Spa) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:02:31
74Laura Tenorio ((Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:02:37
75Martina Moreno (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:02:42
76Vania Canvelli (Ita) Bepink 0:02:44
77Carolina Esteban Fernandez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:02:52
78Minke Bakker (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport 0:02:53
79Emma Ortiz Bonilla (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:03:28

Finish
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 10
2Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women 5
3Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women 2

Young rider
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:13:05
2Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:00:01
3Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:03
4Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Team Sunweb Women
5Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:08
6Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women 0:00:10
7Jessica Roberts (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:00:12
8Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:25
9Christina Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport 0:00:30
10Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women 0:00:31
11Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:35
12Wilma Olausson (Swe) Team Sunweb Women 0:00:37
13Camilla Alessio (Ita) Bepink 0:00:41
14Christa Riffel (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:43
15Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:54
16Silvia Zanardi (Ita) Bepink 0:00:59
17Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:01:03
18Laura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:01:08
19Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:01:12
20Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:01:14
21Alessia Vigilia (Ita) Cronos-Casa Dorada
22Sara Martin Martin (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:01:22
23Giorgia Catarzi (Ita) Bepink
24Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:01:23
25Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:01:25
26Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:01:27
27Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Bizkaia-Durango 0:01:29
28Sandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Cronos-Casa Dorada
29Susana Perez Conejero (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:01:35
30Paula Diaz Lopez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:01:41
31Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:01:52
32Emilie Fortin (Can) Bizkaia-Durango 0:01:57
33Ariana Gilabert Vilaplana (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango 0:02:05
34Lydia Iglesias Bares (Spa) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:02:06
35Laura Tenorio ((Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:02:12
36Martina Moreno (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:02:17
37Vania Canvelli (Ita) Bepink 0:02:19
38Carolina Esteban Fernandez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:02:27
39Minke Bakker (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport 0:02:28
40Emma Ortiz Bonilla (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:03:03

Team
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trek-Segafredo 0:38:49
2Mitchelton Scott 0:00:10
3Team Sunweb 0:00:28
4Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:47
5Ceratizit-WNT pro Cycling Team 0:01:18
6Ale' btc Ljubljana 0:01:23
7Valcar-Travel & Service 0:01:34
8Movistar Team Women 0:02:15
9Hitec Products-birk Sport 0:02:27
10Bepink 0:02:42
11Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport-Proximus Continental Team 0:04:10
12Cronos-casa Dorada Women Cycling 0:04:26
13Massi-tactic Women Team 0:04:42
14Rio Miera-cantabria Deporte 0:05:54
15Bizkaia-Durango 0:05:57
16Sopela Women's Team 0:06:01

General classification after stage 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 2:12:51
2Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:00:10
3Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:00:13
4Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:00:17
5Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Team Sunweb Women 0:00:18
6Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women 0:00:23
7Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:00:27
8Mieke Kröger (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport 0:00:30
9Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:33
10Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:00:35
11Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:37
12Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport 0:00:40
13Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:42
14Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott Women
15Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women 0:00:44
16Jessica Roberts (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:00:46
17Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:00:47
18Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:52
19Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:00:53
20Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:55
21Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:59
22Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar Team Women 0:01:00
23Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women 0:01:01
24Janneke Ensing (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:01:04
25Christina Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
26Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women 0:01:05
27Julie Leth (Den) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:01:08
28Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink 0:01:10
29Wilma Olausson (Swe) Team Sunweb Women 0:01:11
30Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:01:12
31Camilla Alessio (Ita) Bepink 0:01:15
32Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:01:17
33Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
34Christa Riffel (Ger) Canyon-Sram Racing
35Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:01:20
36Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:01:26
37Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:01:28
38Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women 0:01:30
39Silvia Zanardi (Ita) Bepink 0:01:33
40Simona Frapporti (Ita) Bepink
41Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:01:37
42Urska Pintar (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:01:38
43Laura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:01:42
44Lara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:01:46
45Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women
46Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:01:48
47Alessia Vigilia (Ita) Cronos-Casa Dorada
48Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:01:49
49Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:01:51
50Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:01:54
51Sara Martin Martin (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:01:56
52Giorgia Catarzi (Ita) Bepink
53Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:01:57
54Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport 0:01:58
55Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:01:59
56Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:02:00
57Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Bizkaia-Durango 0:02:03
58Sandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Cronos-Casa Dorada
59Rachel Neylan (Aus) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:02:06
60Belen Lopez Morales (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:02:09
61Susana Perez Conejero (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
62Marieke de Groot (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport 0:02:24
63Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:02:26
64Emilie Fortin (Can) Bizkaia-Durango 0:02:31
65Lucy Van der Haar (GBr) Hitec Products-Birk Sport 0:02:33
66Minke Bakker (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport 0:03:02
67Paula Diaz Lopez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:05:46
68Claire Steels (GBr) Sopela Women's Team 0:07:35
69Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:07:44
70Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:07:54
71Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:08:06
72Lydia Iglesias Bares (Spa) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:08:33
73Vania Canvelli (Ita) Bepink 0:08:46
74Carolina Esteban Fernandez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:08:52
75Emma Ortiz Bonilla (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:09:54
76Patricia Ortega Ruiz (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:11:25
77Ariana Gilabert Vilaplana (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango 0:11:48
78Martina Moreno (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:12:00
79Laura Tenorio ((Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:12:03

Point classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 12
2Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Team Sunweb Women 10
3Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women 5
4Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 5
5Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women 2

Team classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trek-Segafredo 6:39:49
2Mitchelton Scott 0:00:10
3Team Sunweb 0:00:24
4Canyon-Sram Racing 0:00:46
5Ceratizit-WNT pro Cycling Team 0:01:14
6Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:01:23
7Valcar-Travel & Service 0:01:30
8Movistar Team Women 0:02:11
9Hitec Products-Birk Sport 0:02:27
10Bepink 0:02:42
11Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport - Proximus Continental Team 0:04:10
12Cronos-Casa Dorada Women Cycling 0:04:26
13Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:09:25
14Massi-Tactic Women Team 0:10:35
15Bizkaia-Durango 0:15:06
16Sopela Women's Team 0:18:09

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