Objetivos cumplidos en la Itzulia Women: Paula Patiño termina 9ª

Objetivos cumplidos en la Itzulia Women: Paula Patiño termina 9ª — Dani Sánchez to movistarteam.com

A resilient ride gives Faulkner an impressive third place overall at the inaugural edition of Itzulia – Team BikeExchange Jayco

American rider Kristen Faulkner secured her first WorldTour podium finish of the season after riding consistently throughout the three-day Itzulia, surviving the brutal climbs around San Sebastian on today’s final stage, to hold on for an impressive third place overall for Team BikeExchange-Jayco.

Despite only returning to racing earlier this week, after a long period off due to injury, the 29-year-old displayed her top form, taking third place on the opening stage from a breakaway trio and 10th place yesterday. 

Driving all the way up the final steep climb the Murgil Tontorra, even after struggling with the initial pace on the very steep slopes, Faulkner’s motivation shone through as she dropped but then returned to the front group following a hard fight up and over the top of the climb and down the descent.

Crossing the line in 11th place, the Team BikeExchange-Jayco rider secured a podium finish, rewarding the hard-work of the team over the last days and giving herself confidence upon a valiant return to racing

Kristen Faulkner – 3rd place overall
We worked really hard and I knew the final climb was going to be really hard for me. It was a really steep climb and I actually got dropped on it and the front group was riding away ahead. I just kept drilling and drilling it on the flatter part, over the top and then on the descent.

I just had to focus on not giving up and keep going every single second even if there were people on my wheel. I just held the front and drove it as long as I could and I was able to catch the group right at the bottom of the descent, and stay with them on the flat before I tried an attack.

I was trying to close the gap to Demi, the leader as much as I could to make sure I was able stay third on GC and ahead of Marta Cavalli who was fourth place just behind me.

The biggest lesson for the day was just to keep going. Sometimes you don’t think you can keep going but you never know what is going to happen.” 

Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director
“The team rode incredibly well, we didn’t have many but they all committed to it and we put Kristen in the perfect position into the bottom of the last climb and she did just what she needed to do, pace herself on the climb. 

She had the strength to come back to the front and even have a go on the flat run-in to the finish and in the end was able to finish on the podium. So, we can be very pleased with this and how she has come straight back into racing after some time off.
It actually wasn’t the plan for Kristen to be our GC leader for this race, but the racing went in this direction and this is how we race. Ee aren’t closed minded but always open to make changes.”

2022 Itzulia stage 3 results:
1. Demi Vollering 4:01:03
2. Lianne Lippert +0:15
11. Kristen Faulkner +0:15

Final General Classification:
1. Demi Vollering 10:11:54
2. Pauliena Rooijakkers +0:47
3. Kristen Faulkner +1:07

Photo: Getty Images

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Faulkner attacks & fights to an impressive third place on the opening stage of Itzulia  – Team BikeExchange Jayco

Third place finisher at the Navarra Women’s Classic, Kristen Faulkner, has claimed another podium finish after attacking in the final of today’s stage one in Itzulia. 

The American rider took her opportunity in the final 15km, attacking directly after a dangerous breakaway group was caught and quickly opened up a gap. Fighting ahead on a wide open road, the 29-year-old was shortly after joined by Demi Vollering and Pauliena Rooijakkers, and the trio quickly got into a good rhythm, which enabled them to opened up a lead of around 40 seconds. 

With a technical finish on a narrow road for the final 200m, it was all about positioning into the last 150m, as the riders remained in the same position all the way to the line, with Vollering claiming the stage victory and Faulkner taking her second podium finish in three-days.

Local Basque rider Ane Santesteban also continued to display her top form, fighting to fifth place with Australian climber Amanda Spratt in seventh place, both at 41 seconds.

Kristen Faulkner – 3rd place 
“It was a hard day out, they really push it on the climbs, SD Worx, and then they attacked and four got away right after the final climb so we had to take control chasing them down so that was pretty full gas. 

Then when it all came together I attacked and I was able to stay away for a little while until the two riders came across. Overall it was a really good day, a really hard day and I am really excited to be on the podium again and we have two more days of opportunities to come.”

Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director
“We were expecting the climbs to be hard and for there to be a small group at the front and we were waiting for that moment for there to be a bit of chaos when things came back together, we wanted to take that opportunity and it worked perfectly. 
It was always the plan for Kristen to attack and for us to have Ane and Spratty behind for the sprint, so it was a perfect plan and it worked out. Kristen was unfortuntaly with two riders who where playing out the general classification, so we didn’t want to commit too much, as we had our GC interests behind but in the end another strong podium and she just missed the win.”

2022 Itzulia stage 1 results:
1. Demi Vollering 2:55:17
2. Pauliena Rooijakkers ST3. Kristen Faulkner +0:02
5. Ane Santesteban +0:41
7. Amanda Spratt  +0:41

General Classification after stage 1:1. Demi Vollering 2:55:05
2. Pauliena Rooijakkers ++0:06
3. Kristen Faulkner +0:10

Photo: Getty Images

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Spratt & Santesteban lead Team BikeExchange-Jayco at the first Women’s WorldTour stage race of the season – Itzulia  – Team BikeExchange Jayco

Team BikeExchange-Jayco women are ready to switch their attention to the stage racing phase of the season, kicking off with the three-day WorldTour race Itzulia on Friday.
After a busy few days with two second places finishes, Ane Santesteban is back for more and looking for a strong result in her ‘home’ race, and will line-up with a mixed squad ready to tackle the three-day event.
Alongside the 31-year-old will be third place finisher at the Navarra Women’s Classic Kristen Faulkner and Australian climber Amanda Spratt who returns the fold after strong performances at the Ardennes.
Giving the team further options, after hardwork in the last three races in northern Spain, will be Slovenian Urska Zigart, New Zealander Georgia Williams and Singapore’s Chelsie Tan

Racing begins tomorrow with a fairly short 106km stage and the peloton ready to tackle more than 1,900m of altitude gain each day.
Team BikeExchange-Jayco Line-up at Itzulia:
Kristen Faulkner (USA) 
Ane Santesteban (ESP)
Amanda Spratt (AUS)
Chelsie Tan (SNG)
Georgia Williams (NZL)
Urska Zigart (SLO)

Amanda Spratt 
“I had a nice break after Liege. It was a very steep and fast road back to fitness and race intensity after my surgery, so I felt like I definitely needed the break to let all the work soak in and now I’m ready to go again!
I love racing in Spain and even more so in the Basque Country. It’s where I took my first WorldTour victory in 2018 so I have great memories. The racing here is always hard with many climbs, descents and not much flat in between. Stage three in particular, which is a carbon copy of the San Sebastián Classic, I see it as a really hard stage with the steep climb right before the finish. 
These are home roads for Ane and I know she is so motivated for these races which she has been targeting. I’m looking forward to supporting her and racing well as a team. It’s been great following the team from afar in these first races in Spain. You can see they are racing really well together, and I feel like a win is coming soon.”
Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas (Sport Director)
“We’ve seen in these past three races here in Spain that the riders are in great shape, they’ve been controlling the racing and working really well together, and we’ve had multiple podium finishes and it feels like we are so close to getting a win.
This will be the first stage race for the riders, and it will be a hard races with really strong competition and everybody knows the roads in this area are really hard and steep, so it will be a tough race but we are ready. Spratty comes in to join the team for Itzulia after her strong ride in Liege, so we have some really good options and everybody is excited to get this stage race underway.”

2022 Itzulia Race Details:
Friday, 13th May: Stage 1, Vitoria-Gasteiz to Bastida, 106km – 1,905m
Saturday, 14th May: Stage 2, Ermua to Mallabia, 118km – 2,129km
Sunday, 15th May: Stage 3, San Sebastian to San Sebastian, 140km 2,131m
 Photo: Getty Images

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

La Itzulia Women se estrena en el WorldTour este fin de semana (viernes 13 – domingo 15)

La Itzulia Women se estrena en el WorldTour este fin de semana (viernes 13 – domingo 15) — Dani Sánchez to movistarteam.com

Pello Bilbao 5th at Itzulia 

The six-day race in Itzulia and a hilly Basque country finished with the decisive queen stage on top of Arrate. It was an open finale until the last few kilometres. Pello Bilbao finished 6th today and 5th in general classification with one stage win on stage three.

Pello Bilbao commented on today’s stage and overall race: “The most important thing was the team spirit from the beginning until today. Today Gino did a fantastic job. On the first climb in Arrate, I didn’t have the best legs to follow the rhythm of the front group, but I knew that with the help of Gino and knowing a technical descent in the middle, I could join the front of the group again. I did like that, and when I arrived back to the group, I attacked in the front to make another selection. We collaborated quite well, but Remco (Quick-Step) and Daniel (Ineos) did a good job. They came back. In the last climb, with Gino’s help, I gave everything, but Ion (Cofidis) was stronger than me. Congrats to the guys on the podium. I am satisfied with the all week of racing and my performance.”

Sports Director Neil Stephens, satisfied after the entire race, commented: ”It’s been a fantastic six days of racing, full of emotions. We have been fighting for the stage wins and the whole week to get on the final podium. Obviously, the week’s highlight was Pello’s stage win on stage 3. But even today, at one moment, we were virtual leaders on GC. There were crashes, attacks, and all sorts of things. And unfortunately, Pello couldn’t go that far to the final breakaway once again. With a small crash in front of him, he lost a distance, and that was it. That was the last bit of energy he had spent. Unfortunately, we finished off the podium. But we are satisfied with racing. It was a fantastic day again. Everyone tried hard, everyone supported us well, all the staff, the riders, and great. I am satisfied, stage win, 5th overall, it was a satisfying week.”

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Dani Navarro culmina 23º en la general final de la Itzulia – BURGOS BH

La durísima jornada final aupó al ciclista del Burgos BH al puesto 23 de la general, sumando su segundo resultado de este nivel tras el de la Volta a Catalunya.

La Itzulia presentó, como suele ser habitual, una temible jornada final. Ángel Madrazo se movió en los primeros compases buscando la fuga, aunque no llegó a enganchar con los de cabeza y rodó en un grupo intercalado.

Ya en la parte decisiva, Dani Navarro sacó su experiencia y capacidad de sufrimiento para resistir al máximo con los favoritos y meterse en ese top-25 final.

Dani Navarro: «Ha sido una vuelta muy dura en la que he ido de menos a más. Quisiera haber estado entre los 20 primeros pero estoy muy contento por haberme quedado cerca. El nivel era altísimo y creo que es importante estar ahí».

— comunicacion to www.burgosproteam.com

Una Itzulia de menos a más – Equipo Kern Pharma

Activos tomaron la salida los jóvenes del Equipo Kern Pharma este viernes en la penúltima jornada de la Itzulia Basque Country – Vuelta al País Vasco (España, UCI 2.UWT, 04-09/04), donde el pelotón, mermado por el infernal ritmo, fue perdiendo unidades en los primeros compases del día. Roger Adrià protagonizó sin suerte varias ofensivas y, poco después, seis unidades lograron destacarse. Rodríguez (IGD) se impuso desde la fuga, mientras que Igor Arrieta se quedó muy cerca de concluir en el grupo del hasta entonces líder de la ronda. Héctor Carretero y Daniel Méndez tuvieron que abandonar la prueba por problemas de salud.

“Hoy, el Equipo Kern Pharma ha cumplido”, remarca Juanjo Oroz, director de la escuadra navarra. Roger Adrià se ha defendido en los momentos duros y junto a Igor Arrieta ha aguantado hasta el final con los mejores. Su rendimiento ha sido acorde al nivel de la carrera, pues están capacitados para ello, aunque por circunstancias no estamos demostrando todo el potencial que tenemos. El calendario es exigente y somos conscientes de ello. Creo en este equipo y en sus corredores, a quienes les llegará su momento”, asegura. Referente al abandono de los dos corredores farmacéuticos en la quinta jornada, el técnico apunta: “Las enfermedades no se pueden controlar y verlos en un sitio que no es el suyo, sufriendo, no es buena idea. Carretero y Méndez son corredores de calidad y lo mejor es que cojan aire y recuperen en casa”.

La dura ascensión a Arrate acogerá el final de la Itzulia Basque Country – Vuelta al País Vasco (España, UCI 2.UWT, 04-09/04). La ronda vasca conocerá a su vencedor tras una corta pero dura sexta etapa de 135,6 kilómetros y seis ascensiones: Elkorrieta y Urkaregi (3ª categoría); Endoia y Gorla (2ª categoría); Azurki, Krabelin y Usartza (1ª categoría).

Itzulia Basque Country – Vuelta al País Vasco (España, UCI 2.UWT, 04-09/04)
Web oficial de la carrera | Libro de ruta

04/04 – 14:07 – 17:30. 1ª etapa: Hondarribia, CRI 7,5 km
05/04 – 12:18 – 17:30. 2ª etapa: Leitza – Viana, 207,9 km
06/04 – 12:57 – 17:30. 3ª etapa: Laudio – Amurrio, 181,7 km
07/04 – 12:50 – 17:30. 4ª etapa: Vitoria – Zamudio, 185,6 km
08/04 – 13:25 – 17:30. 5ª etapa: Ingeteam Parke Zamudio – Mallabia, 163,7 km
1. Carlos Rodríguez (INEOS Grenadiers) 4h07’09”
2. Daniel Felipe Martínez (INEOS Grenadiers) a 7”
3. Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) a 9”

42. Igor Arrieta (Equipo Kern Pharma) a 3’21”
52. Roger Adrià (Equipo Kern Pharma) a 6’30”
84. Jon Agirre (Equipo Kern Pharma) a 20’34”
114. Ibon Ruiz (Equipo Kern Pharma) a 20’51”
118. Diego López (Equipo Kern Pharma) a 21’21”
Ab. Héctor Carretero, Daniel Méndez

General provisional
1. Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) a 18h12’29”
2. Daniel Felipe Martínez (INEOS Grenadiers) a 2”
3. Ion Izagirre (Cofidis) a 21”

40. Igor Arrieta (Equipo Kern Pharma) a 13’43”
81. Roger Adrià (Equipo Kern Pharma) a 39’13”
97. Ibon Ruiz (Equipo Kern Pharma) a 47’24”
98. Jon Agirre (Equipo Kern Pharma) a 47’33”
118. Diego López (Equipo Kern Pharma) a 1h02’

09/04 – 14:06 – 17:30. 6ª etapa: Eibar – Arrate, 135,7 km

Televisión en directo: Retransmisión diaria en Eurosport y EiTB (L4-S9, 15:30).

— mgiliborra to equipokernpharma.com

Mas, sin problemas en el Vivero, sigue metido en la general de la Itzulia a dos días del final

Mas, sin problemas en el Vivero, sigue metido en la general de la Itzulia a dos días del final — Dani Sánchez to movistarteam.com

Astana Qazaqstan Team for Itzulia Basque Country 2022 – Astana

Astana Qazaqstan Team for Itzulia Basque Country 2022

Astana Qazaqstan Team will take part in the UCI WorldTour stage race Itzulia Basque Country, which will be held from April 4th to 9th.

Rider roster: Stefan De Bod, Javier Romo, Alexandr Riabushenko, Sebastian Henao, Yuriy Natarov, Antonio Nibali, Andrey Zeits.

Sports directors in race: Giuseppe Martinelli, Dmitriy Fofonov.

Race information: http://itzulia.eus/en/itzulia/

Photo credit: @Gettysport

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com