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Leah Thomas wins Tour de l'Ardeche

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Leah Thomas (Movistar) wins Tour de l'Ardeche

Leah Thomas (Movistar) wins Tour de l'Ardeche (Image credit: Movistar Team / Photo Gomez Sport)
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Leah Thomas (Movistar) wins Tour de l'Ardeche

Leah Thomas (Movistar) wins Tour de l'Ardeche (Image credit: Movistar Team / Photo Gomez Sport)
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Leah Thomas (Movistar) wins Tour de l'Ardeche

Leah Thomas (Movistar) wins Tour de l'Ardeche (Image credit: Movistar Team / Photo Gomez Sport)
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Leah Thomas (Movistar) wins Tour de l'Ardeche

Leah Thomas (Movistar) wins Tour de l'Ardeche (Image credit: Movistar Team / Photo Gomez Sport)
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Leah Thomas (Movistar) wins Tour de l'Ardeche

Leah Thomas (Movistar) wins Tour de l'Ardeche (Image credit: Movistar Team / Photo Gomez Sport)

Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo) won the final stage at the Tour de l’Ardeche in Privas. The cyclo-cross world champion won from a solo breakaway, crossing the line 47 seconds ahead of runner-up Jeanne Korevaar (Liv Racing) and 1:03 ahead third placed Lucy Kennedy (Team BikeExchange).

Leah Thomas (Movistar) finished fourth on the day and sealed her overall victory at the seven-day race. The American all-rounder won the title ahead of Mavi Garcia (Ale BTC Ljubljana) and Ane Santesteban (Team BikeExchange).

“Having to defend a jersey with such a small gap, even if there were no bonus seconds at the finishes, makes you learn a lot about how to keep things under control. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of every single teammate who were here with me at the race," Thomas said, who led the race for five stages, and gave one leader's jersey to each of her teammates upon the conclusion of the event.

"Everybody actually gave everything they had to make this result possible, and that was the most special feeling, and really gave me motivation to make sure we kept it until the very end.

“I can’t stress enough how much this was a team effort. The lucky thing about having to defend a jersey was the fact that I had enough jerseys to give one to each of them. I wrote a special note for each, about how they really made this week a success. I hope that shows them appreciation for all the sacrifices they have done.”

Stage 7 of the Tour de l’Ardeche offered the field three ascents across 82km from Le Pouzin to Privas. The climbs were Col de Fontenelle (10.4km at 5 per cent), Mirabel (2.3km at 6 per cent) and Cole de Benas (10.6km at 4.4 per cent).

The decisive breakaway include Brand, Kennedy and Korevaar, who held a more than one-minute lead on the field over the second ascent, Mirabel, with roughly 30km to go. Of the breakaway riders, Korevaar was the highest placed on GC, at 2:03 behind Thomas, but Movistar kept the gap at a manageable 1:50 before bringing it back down.

Brand attacked the breakaway and descended solo through the final 10km into Privas to take the stage win, while Korevaar finished second and Kennedy third. Thomas finished in fourth as riders crossed the line in groups of ones and twos, and she secured the overall victory at the Tour de l'Ardeche.

“I think one of the best parts about this week was when Pablo really kept us calm and really made sure we were patient and got our team together, so we never were isolated. Obviously, it would have nice not to have that break up the road, but there were a bunch of attacks, and we were killing ourselves trying to keep them from going, and eventually it was better to let Korevaar go, and control from behind. When she went, we waited for a couple of minutes for the team to get together, set a good pace and kept the gap under control," Thomas said.

“Sheyla and Paula did a fantastic job setting a hard pace over the vast majority of the final climb. Over the top it was more open and windy, and Mavi did a first attack - obviously, it was my job to cover, and I covered that one, but eventually, one of Mavi’s further attacks stuck, and I just couldn’t quite close the gap. It was a long descent, and with the confidence I had, I knew I had a chance to bring it back. It was about maintaining that close gap and making sure I didn’t go too much into the red over the top of the climb."

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 2:21:44
2Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing 0:00:47
3Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Team BikeExchange 0:01:03
4Leah Thomas (USA) Movistar Team Women 0:01:20
5Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Team BikeExchange
6Mavi Garcia (Spa) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
7Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Liv Racing 0:01:26
8Justine Ghekiere (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire 0:01:35
9Veronica Ewers (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 0:01:52
10Lucie Jounier (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 0:02:22
11Thalita De Jong (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire 0:02:24
12Arlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cub) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team 0:02:28
13Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) BePink
14Bronwyn Macgregor (NZl) LVIV Cycling Team
15Sandra Levenez (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 0:02:31
16Henrietta Christie (NZl) BePink 0:02:34
17Spela Kern (Slo) Massi Tactic Women Team
18Lotte Claes (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team 0:02:37
19Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:49
20Agnieszka Skalniak-Sojka (Pol) Mat Atom Deweloper 0:03:36
21Sophie Wright (GBr) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
22Emma Langley (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 0:03:40
23Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:03:45
24Paula Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women
25Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:03:46
26Pauline Allin (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 0:03:51
27Marion Colard (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling 0:04:22
28Amandine Fouquenet (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 0:05:05
29Ally Wollaston (NZl) NXTG Racing 0:05:11
30Amanda Spratt (Aus) Team BikeExchange 0:05:32
31Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:05:48
32Claire Steels (GBr) Sopela Women's Team 0:05:52
33Sophie Enever (GBr) LVIV Cycling Team 0:05:59
34Quinty Ton (Ned) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling 0:06:04
35Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:06:17
36Amelia Sharpe (GBr) NXTG Racing
37Gaia Masetti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:07:38
38Ayesha McGowan (USA) Liv Racing 0:07:45
39Greta Richioud (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 0:07:51
40Ilse Pluimers (Ned) NXTG Racing 0:08:04
41Nina Kessler (Ned) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
42Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:08:06
43Alice Coutinho (Fra) Sopela Women's Team 0:09:38
44Ariadna Gutierrez Arzaluz (Mex) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team 0:10:08
45Maeva Squiban (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling 0:10:10
46Monika Brzezna (Pol) Mat Atom Deweloper 0:10:18
47Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:10:26
48Inez Beijer (Ned) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling 0:11:21
49Alicia Evans (NZl) LVIV Cycling Team 0:15:02
50Marketa Hájková (Cze) BePink 0:15:10
51Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women 0:16:31
52Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women
53Iris Monticolo (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
54Katia Ragusa (Ita) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
55Rossella Ratto (Ita) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
56Kaja Rysz (Pol) Mat Atom Deweloper
57Nienke Wasmus (Ned) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling
58Mieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
59Nicole Steigenga (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
60Ewa Brozyna (Pol) Mat Atom Deweloper
61Katarzyna Wilkos (Pol) Mat Atom Deweloper
62Barbara Sniezynska (Pol) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team 0:17:11
63Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Liv Racing 0:20:19
64Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
65Manon Souyris (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
66Jade Teolis (Fra) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
67Enara Lopez Gallastegi (Spa) Team Farto-BTC 0:20:24
68Mariia Miliaeva (Rus) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team 0:20:26
69Teniel Campbell (TTo) Team BikeExchange 0:20:28
70Elisa Dalla Valle (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
71Jessica Allen (Aus) Team BikeExchange
72Emily Newsom (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
73Vania Canvelli (Ita) BePink
74Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink
75Vanessa Michieletto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
76Agua Marina Espinola (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
77Azulde Britz (RSA) LVIV Cycling Team
78Britt Knaven (Bel) NXTG Racing 0:20:33
79Giorgia Vettorello (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:20:34
DNFLauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
DNFDemi De Jong (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
DNFSofia Rogriguez (Spa) Sopela Women's Team
DNFChloe Hosking (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
DNFMarissa Baks (Ned) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling
DNSLaura Tomasi (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana

Sprint 1 - Vincent de Barres
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicole Steigenga (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team 5
2Thalita De Jong (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire 3
3Katia Ragusa (Ita) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team 2

Sprint 2 - St Martin sur Lavezon
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maeva Squiban (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling 5
2Rossella Ratto (Ita) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire 3
3Mieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team 2

Sprint 3 - Darbres
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing 5
2Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 3
3Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Team BikeExchange 2

Finish
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 15
2Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing 10
3Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Team BikeExchange 8
4Leah Thomas (USA) Movistar Team Women 7
5Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Team BikeExchange 6
6Mavi Garcia (Spa) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 5
7Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Liv Racing 4
8Justine Ghekiere (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire 3
9Veronica Ewers (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 2
10Lucie Jounier (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 1

Mountain 1 - Col de Fontenelle
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 10
2Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing 8
3Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Team BikeExchange 6
4Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Liv Racing 4
5Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women 3
6Paula Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women 2

Mountain 2 - Mirabel
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Team BikeExchange 3
2Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 2
3Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing 1

Mountain 3 - Col de Benas
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 10
2Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Team BikeExchange 8
3Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing 6
4Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Liv Racing 4
5Mavi Garcia (Spa) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 3
6Leah Thomas (USA) Movistar Team Women 2

Final general classification after stage 7
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Leah Thomas (USA) Movistar Team Women 23:18:12
2Mavi Garcia (Spa) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:00:09
3Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Team BikeExchange
4Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Liv Racing 0:00:26
5Veronica Ewers (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 0:00:52
6Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing 0:01:30
7Thalita De Jong (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire 0:02:47
8Arlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cub) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team 0:03:10
9Spela Kern (Slo) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:03:24
10Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:05:39
11Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) BePink 0:08:42
12Justine Ghekiere (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire 0:08:50
13Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo 0:09:08
14Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:09:18
15Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Team BikeExchange 0:09:55
16Lotte Claes (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team 0:10:12
17Henrietta Christie (NZl) BePink 0:10:53
18Sandra Levenez (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 0:11:18
19Emma Langley (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 0:11:36
20Paula Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women 0:16:43
21Amanda Spratt (Aus) Team BikeExchange 0:19:38
22Amandine Fouquenet (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 0:19:41
23Bronwyn Macgregor (NZl) LVIV Cycling Team 0:20:02
24Sophie Wright (GBr) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:21:10
25Mireia Trias Jordan (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:21:34
26Marion Colard (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling 0:21:37
27Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:22:02
28Claire Steels (GBr) Sopela Women's Team 0:23:31
29Pauline Allin (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 0:23:36
30Agnieszka Skalniak-Sojka (Pol) Mat Atom Deweloper 0:24:00
31Greta Richioud (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 0:27:36
32Monika Brzezna (Pol) Mat Atom Deweloper 0:33:35
33Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:34:09
34Lucie Jounier (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 0:36:13
35Rossella Ratto (Ita) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire 0:39:08
36Quinty Ton (Ned) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling 0:40:38
37Katia Ragusa (Ita) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team 0:41:22
38Ally Wollaston (NZl) NXTG Racing 0:42:53
39Ariadna Gutierrez Arzaluz (Mex) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team 0:43:23
40Sophie Enever (GBr) LVIV Cycling Team 0:44:59
41Nina Kessler (Ned) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 0:46:22
42Amelia Sharpe (GBr) NXTG Racing 0:46:49
43Gaia Masetti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:48:34
44Ilse Pluimers (Ned) NXTG Racing 0:48:36
45Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:50:58
46Alicia Evans (NZl) LVIV Cycling Team 0:52:47
47Inez Beijer (Ned) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling 0:54:09
48Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:56:21
49Mieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team 0:57:03
50Ayesha McGowan (USA) Liv Racing 0:57:42
51Maeva Squiban (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling 1:00:06
52Alice Coutinho (Fra) Sopela Women's Team 1:01:57
53Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women 1:03:32
54Nicole Steigenga (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team 1:04:30
55Giorgia Vettorello (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 1:05:20
56Agua Marina Espinola (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 1:06:04
57Teniel Campbell (TTo) Team BikeExchange 1:06:45
58Iris Monticolo (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 1:06:48
59Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team 1:07:38
60Katarzyna Wilkos (Pol) Mat Atom Deweloper 1:08:09
61Enara Lopez Gallastegi (Spa) Team Farto-BTC 1:08:26
62Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women 1:09:37
63Ewa Brozyna (Pol) Mat Atom Deweloper 1:09:50
64Vania Canvelli (Ita) BePink 1:10:47
65Jessica Allen (Aus) Team BikeExchange 1:11:52
66Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink 1:12:24
67Kaja Rysz (Pol) Mat Atom Deweloper 1:13:11
68Britt Knaven (Bel) NXTG Racing 1:14:11
69Manon Souyris (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling 1:16:46
70Jade Teolis (Fra) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team 1:17:24
71Marketa Hájková (Cze) BePink 1:18:07
72Elisa Dalla Valle (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 1:19:04
73Emily Newsom (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 1:27:20
74Mariia Miliaeva (Rus) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team 1:28:16
75Nienke Wasmus (Ned) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling 1:30:18
76Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Liv Racing 1:30:40
77Barbara Sniezynska (Pol) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team 1:31:41
78Vanessa Michieletto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 1:55:07
79Azulde Britz (RSA) LVIV Cycling Team 1:56:23

Point classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Leah Thomas (USA) Movistar Team Women 38
2Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 31
3Arlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cub) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team 30
4Mavi Garcia (Spa) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 25
5Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Team BikeExchange 24
6Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 23
7Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing 22
8Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo 22
9Veronica Ewers (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 14
10Thalita De Jong (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire 14
11Nina Kessler (Ned) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 12
12Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Liv Racing 11
13Emma Langley (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 10
14Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women 10
15Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Team BikeExchange 8
16Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women 8
17Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 7
18Justine Ghekiere (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire 6
19Rossella Ratto (Ita) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire 6
20Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) BePink 5
21Mieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team 5
22Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women 5
23Ayesha McGowan (USA) Liv Racing 4
24Katarzyna Wilkos (Pol) Mat Atom Deweloper 4
25Lucie Jounier (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 3
26Katia Ragusa (Ita) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team 3
27Spela Kern (Slo) Massi Tactic Women Team 2
28Amandine Fouquenet (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 2
29Agnieszka Skalniak-Sojka (Pol) Mat Atom Deweloper 1
30Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink 1

Mountain classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Liv Racing 45
2Mavi Garcia (Spa) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 30
3Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 24
4Katia Ragusa (Ita) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team 23
5Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Team BikeExchange 22
6Leah Thomas (USA) Movistar Team Women 20
7Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing 16
8Emma Langley (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 15
9Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Team BikeExchange 13
10Lucie Jounier (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 12
11Agua Marina Espinola (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 10
12Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 9
13Nicole Steigenga (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team 6
14Veronica Ewers (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 5
15Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo 5
16Amanda Spratt (Aus) Team BikeExchange 4
17Agnieszka Skalniak-Sojka (Pol) Mat Atom Deweloper 4
18Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women 4
19Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 3
20Gaia Masetti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 3
21Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women 3
22Thalita De Jong (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire 2
23Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) BePink 2
24Paula Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women 2
25Maeva Squiban (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling 2
26Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink 2
27Marketa Hájková (Cze) BePink 2
28Giorgia Vettorello (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 1

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