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Emma Norsgaard Jørgensen wins opening stage at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana

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Emma Norsgaard Jørgensen (Katusha-Bigla) wins stage 1 at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana

Emma Norsgaard Jørgensen (Katusha-Bigla) wins stage 1 at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana (Image credit: Setmana Ciclista Valenciana)
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Emma Norsgaard Jørgensen (Katusha-Bigla) wins stage 1 at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana

Emma Norsgaard Jørgensen (Katusha-Bigla) wins stage 1 at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana (Image credit: Setmana Ciclista Valenciana)
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Emma Norsgaard Jørgensen (Katusha-Bigla) wins stage 1 at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana and takes the overall lead

Emma Norsgaard Jørgensen (Katusha-Bigla) wins stage 1 at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana and takes the overall lead (Image credit: Setmana Ciclista Valenciana)

Emma Norsgaard Jørgensen (Bigla-Katusha) won the opening stage at the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana on Thursday. The Danish rider was part of a reduced group that came to the line and she took the win ahead of Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women's Team) and Jip Van den Bos (Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam).

Norsgaard Jørgensen has secured the first leader's jersey of the four-day race.

The first stage offered the peloton a 103km race from Gandia to Cullera. The first 30km was hilly with a category 3 climb over Alto Beniganim before the field descended onto the flatter roads during the last half of the race.

The main field was all together with 20km remaining but several crashes marred the final 15km.

In the end, a group of 13 riders were at the head of the race and held a gap with just 2km to the finish line where Norsgaard Jørgensen won the sprint in Cullera.

The racing will continue on Friday with stage 2's 126km from Agost to Finestrat.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emma Cecilie Norsgaard Jørgensen (Den) Bigla-Katusha 2:39:47
2Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team
3Jip Van den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
4Michela Balducci (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
5Sofia Rodriguez Revert (Spa) Sopela Women's Team
6Anna Van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
7Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Spain
8Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
9Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Bigla-Katusha
10Elise Chabbey (Swi) Bigla-Katusha
11Laura Tomasi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
12Katia Ragusa (Ita) Astana Women's Team
13Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team 0:00:05
14Olga Shekel (Ukr) Astana Women's Team 0:00:19
15Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies
16Demi Vollering (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:00:34
17Gladys Verhulst (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
18Nina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
19Skylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
20Emilie Moberg (Nor) Drops
21Maryna Ivaniuk (Ukr) Astana Women's Team
22Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
23Minke Bakker (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
24Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
25Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
26Sophie Wright (GBr) Bigla-Katusha
27Marlen Reusser (Swi) Bigla-Katusha
28Lara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
29Alessia Bulleri (Ita) Eneicat Woman's Team
30Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Spain
31Leah Thomas (USA) Bigla-Katusha
32Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
33Sara Penton (Swe) Drops
34Jo Tindley (GBr) Cams-Tifosi
35Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Cams-Tifosi
36Natalie Grinczer (GBr) Cams-Tifosi
37Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Parkhotel Valkenburg
38Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
39Lucie Jounier (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
40Elena Pirrone (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
41Erica Magnaldi (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
42Mieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
43Debora Silvestri (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
44Laura Van Regenmortel (Ned) Biehler Krush Pro Cycling
45Susana Perez Conejero (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
46Birgitte Ravndal (Nor) Norway
47Stine Borgli (Nor) Norway
48Iurani Blanco Calbet (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
49Cathalijne Hoolwerf (Ned) NXTG Racing
50Lauren Creamer (Irl) Massi Tactic Women Team
51Iris Monticolo (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
52Eva Buurman (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
53Fatima Zahra el Hayani (Mar) Team Arkea-Samsic
54Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
55Omer Shapira (Isr) Israel
56Giorgia Bariani (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
57Gabriella Shaw (GBr) Cams-Tifosi
58Eider Merino Cortazar (Spa) Spain
59Typhaine Laurance (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
60Vita Heine (Nor) Norway
61Quinty Ton (Ned) Biehler Krush Pro Cycling
62Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Spain
63Elisabet Escursell Valero (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
64Nadine Michaela Gill (Ger) Belori Vipeq Team
65Jessica Finney (GBr) Cams-Tifosi
66Margarita Victoria Garcia Cañellas (Spa) Spain
67Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
68Lija Laizane (Lat) Eneicat Woman's Team
69Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
70Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Norway
71Marieke Van Witzenburg (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
72Greta Marturano (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
73Julie Solvang (Nor) Norway
74Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Bizkaia-Durango
75Joscelin Lowden (GBr) Drops
76Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
77Vibeke Lystad (Nor) Norway
78Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
79Silvia Magri (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
80Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Israel
81Cristina Martinez Bonafe (Spa) Spain
82Lone Meertens (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
83Alana Castrique (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
84Roni Fishman (Isr) Israel
85Marta Romeu Solaz (Spa) VIB-Natural Greatness
86Irene Mendez Melgarejo (Spa) Spain
87Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Massi Tactic Women Team
88Pauline Allin (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
89Maria Apolonia Van 't Geloof (Ned) Drops
90Julie Van de Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
91Antri Christoforou (Cyp) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
92Juliet Wolfe (Irl) Belori Vipeq Team
93Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
94Aroa Gorostiza Ulloa (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
95Rozemarijn Ammerlaan (Ned) NXTG Racing
96Agua Marina Espinola (Par) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:00:49
97Julia Borgström (Swe) NXTG Racing
98Somayeh Yazdani (IRI) VIB-Natural Greatness
99Emelie Røe Utvik (Nor) Norway 0:00:54
100Yeima Torres Beltran (Cub) Astana Women's Team
101Nienke Wasmus (Ned) Biehler Krush Pro Cycling 0:01:02
102Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
103Charlotte Kool (Ned) NXTG Racing 0:01:03
104Jennifer Powell (GBr) Cams-Tifosi 0:01:05
105Claire Steels (GBr) Sopela Women's Team
106Anouska Koster (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
107Anna Baidak (Rus) Eneicat Woman's Team
108Henrietta Colborne (GBr) Biehler Krush Pro Cycling
109Inez Beijer (Ned) Biehler Krush Pro Cycling
110Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
111Carla Oberholzer (RSA) Bizkaia-Durango
112Nicole D'Agostin (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano 0:01:08
113Ariadna Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
114Emily Meakin (GBr) Drops
115Roos Hoogeboom (Ned) Biehler Krush Pro Cycling
116Emily Wadsworth (GBr) NXTG Racing
117Jennifer Tatiana Ducuara Acevedo (Col) VIB-Natural Greatness
118Britt Knaven (Bel) NXTG Racing
119Ariana Gilabert Vilaplana (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
120Elizabeth Bennett (GBr) Drops
121Maria De Los Angeles Medina Gonzalez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
122Anastasiia Pliaskina (Rus) Eneicat Woman's Team
123Eva Jonkers (Ned) NXTG Racing
124Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
125Emma Ortiz Bonilla (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:01:24
126Elizabeth Banks (GBr) Bigla-Katusha 0:01:40
127Teniel Campbell (Tto) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:01:45
128Carolina Esteban Fernandez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
129Paula Sanmartin Rodriguez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
130Isabel Martin Martin (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:01:50
131Shanni Berger (Isr) Israel 0:01:55
132Camila Ayala Mussard (Arg) Belori Vipeq Team
133Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:02:02
134Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Eneicat Woman's Team 0:02:05
135Gali Weinberg (Isr) Israel 0:02:18
136Senna Feron (Ned) Biehler Krush Pro Cycling
137Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies
138Maria Banlles Santamaria (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:02:47
139Gaia Masetti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:03:02
140Elisa Dalla Valle (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
141Nerea Nuño Iglesias (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:04:06
142Coralie Houdin (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
143Maria del Pilar Jimenez Martinez (Spa) VIB-Natural Greatness 0:04:25
144Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
145Angelica Brogi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
146Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:04:45
147Romy Kasper (Ger) Parkhotel Valkenburg
148Eukene Larrarte Arteaga (Spa) Eneicat Woman's Team 0:05:59
149Elena Perez Muñoz (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:06:30
150Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
151Laura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:07:59
152Illi Gardner (GBr) Cams-Tifosi 0:13:41
153Finja Smekal (Ger) Drops 0:17:24
154Avital Gez (Isr) Israel
155Sara Bonillo Talens (Spa) Belori Vipeq Team
156Gemma Sernissi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
157Sofia Barriguete Rodriguez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
OTLLivia dos Santos Fabaro (Bra) Belori Vipeq Team 0:26:35
OTLAlexandra Moreno Roca (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:26:47
OTLAnaïs Morichon (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
OTLMelisa Gomiz Perez (Spa) VIB-Natural Greatness
OTLJennifer Neenan (Irl) VIB-Natural Greatness 0:36:59
OTLMariela Antone Farabello Suhr (Spa) Belori Vipeq Team 0:41:17
DNFZiortza Isasi Cristobal (Spa) Eneicat Woman's Team
DNFGarazi Erostarbe Ugarte (Spa) Sopela Women's Team
DNFCarla Fernandez Torres (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte

General classification after stage 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emma Cecilie Norsgaard Jørgensen (Den) Bigla-Katusha 2:39:37
2Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team 0:00:04
3Jip Van den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:00:05
4Laura Tomasi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:00:08
5Michela Balducci (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano 0:00:10
6Sofia Rodriguez Revert (Spa) Sopela Women's Team
7Anna Van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
8Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Spain
9Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
10Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Bigla-Katusha
11Elise Chabbey (Swi) Bigla-Katusha
12Katia Ragusa (Ita) Astana Women's Team
13Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team 0:00:15
14Olga Shekel (Ukr) Astana Women's Team 0:00:29
15Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies
16Demi Vollering (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:00:44
17Gladys Verhulst (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
18Nina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
19Skylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
20Emilie Moberg (Nor) Drops
21Maryna Ivaniuk (Ukr) Astana Women's Team
22Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
23Minke Bakker (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
24Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
25Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
26Sophie Wright (GBr) Bigla-Katusha
27Marlen Reusser (Swi) Bigla-Katusha
28Lara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
29Alessia Bulleri (Ita) Eneicat Woman's Team
30Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Spain
31Leah Thomas (USA) Bigla-Katusha
32Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
33Sara Penton (Swe) Drops
34Jo Tindley (GBr) Cams-Tifosi
35Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Cams-Tifosi
36Natalie Grinczer (GBr) Cams-Tifosi
37Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Parkhotel Valkenburg
38Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
39Lucie Jounier (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
40Elena Pirrone (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
41Erica Magnaldi (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
42Mieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
43Debora Silvestri (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
44Laura Van Regenmortel (Ned) Biehler Krush Pro Cycling
45Susana Perez Conejero (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
46Birgitte Ravndal (Nor) Norway
47Stine Borgli (Nor) Norway
48Iurani Blanco Calbet (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
49Cathalijne Hoolwerf (Ned) NXTG Racing
50Lauren Creamer (Irl) Massi Tactic Women Team
51Iris Monticolo (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
52Eva Buurman (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
53Fatima Zahra el Hayani (Mar) Team Arkea-Samsic
54Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
55Omer Shapira (Isr) Israel
56Giorgia Bariani (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
57Gabriella Shaw (GBr) Cams-Tifosi
58Eider Merino Cortazar (Spa) Spain
59Typhaine Laurance (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
60Vita Heine (Nor) Norway
61Quinty Ton (Ned) Biehler Krush Pro Cycling
62Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Spain
63Elisabet Escursell Valero (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
64Nadine Michaela Gill (Ger) Belori Vipeq Team
65Jessica Finney (GBr) Cams-Tifosi
66Margarita Victoria Garcia Cañellas (Spa) Spain
67Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
68Lija Laizane (Lat) Eneicat Woman's Team
69Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
70Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Norway
71Marieke Van Witzenburg (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
72Greta Marturano (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
73Julie Solvang (Nor) Norway
74Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Bizkaia-Durango
75Joscelin Lowden (GBr) Drops
76Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
77Vibeke Lystad (Nor) Norway
78Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
79Silvia Magri (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
80Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Israel
81Cristina Martinez Bonafe (Spa) Spain
82Lone Meertens (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
83Alana Castrique (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
84Roni Fishman (Isr) Israel
85Marta Romeu Solaz (Spa) VIB-Natural Greatness
86Irene Mendez Melgarejo (Spa) Spain
87Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Massi Tactic Women Team
88Pauline Allin (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
89Maria Apolonia Van 't Geloof (Ned) Drops
90Julie Van de Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
91Antri Christoforou (Cyp) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
92Juliet Wolfe (Irl) Belori Vipeq Team
93Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
94Aroa Gorostiza Ulloa (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
95Rozemarijn Ammerlaan (Ned) NXTG Racing
96Agua Marina Espinola (Par) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:00:59
97Julia Borgström (Swe) NXTG Racing
98Somayeh Yazdani (IRI) VIB-Natural Greatness
99Emelie Røe Utvik (Nor) Norway 0:01:04
100Yeima Torres Beltran (Cub) Astana Women's Team
101Nienke Wasmus (Ned) Biehler Krush Pro Cycling 0:01:12
102Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
103Charlotte Kool (Ned) NXTG Racing 0:01:13
104Jennifer Powell (GBr) Cams-Tifosi 0:01:15
105Claire Steels (GBr) Sopela Women's Team
106Anouska Koster (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
107Anna Baidak (Rus) Eneicat Woman's Team
108Henrietta Colborne (GBr) Biehler Krush Pro Cycling
109Inez Beijer (Ned) Biehler Krush Pro Cycling
110Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
111Carla Oberholzer (RSA) Bizkaia-Durango
112Nicole D'Agostin (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano 0:01:18
113Ariadna Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
114Emily Meakin (GBr) Drops
115Roos Hoogeboom (Ned) Biehler Krush Pro Cycling
116Emily Wadsworth (GBr) NXTG Racing
117Jennifer Tatiana Ducuara Acevedo (Col) VIB-Natural Greatness
118Britt Knaven (Bel) NXTG Racing
119Ariana Gilabert Vilaplana (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
120Elizabeth Bennett (GBr) Drops
121Maria De Los Angeles Medina Gonzalez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
122Anastasiia Pliaskina (Rus) Eneicat Woman's Team
123Eva Jonkers (Ned) NXTG Racing
124Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
125Emma Ortiz Bonilla (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:01:34
126Elizabeth Banks (GBr) Bigla-Katusha 0:01:50
127Teniel Campbell (Tto) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:01:55
128Carolina Esteban Fernandez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
129Paula Sanmartin Rodriguez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
130Isabel Martin Martin (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:02:00
131Shanni Berger (Isr) Israel 0:02:05
132Camila Ayala Mussard (Arg) Belori Vipeq Team
133Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:02:12
134Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Eneicat Woman's Team 0:02:15
135Gali Weinberg (Isr) Israel 0:02:28
136Senna Feron (Ned) Biehler Krush Pro Cycling
137Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies
138Maria Banlles Santamaria (Spa) Sopela Women's Team 0:02:57
139Gaia Masetti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:03:12
140Elisa Dalla Valle (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
141Nerea Nuño Iglesias (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:04:16
142Coralie Houdin (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
143Maria del Pilar Jimenez Martinez (Spa) VIB-Natural Greatness 0:04:35
144Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
145Angelica Brogi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
146Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:04:55
147Romy Kasper (Ger) Parkhotel Valkenburg
148Eukene Larrarte Arteaga (Spa) Eneicat Woman's Team 0:06:09
149Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:06:37
150Elena Perez Muñoz (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 0:06:40
151Laura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:08:09
152Illi Gardner (GBr) Cams-Tifosi 0:13:51
153Finja Smekal (Ger) Drops 0:17:34
154Avital Gez (Isr) Israel
155Sara Bonillo Talens (Spa) Belori Vipeq Team
156Gemma Sernissi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
157Sofia Barriguete Rodriguez (Spa) Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte

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