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Leah Thomas y Movistar Team, otra semana fantástica en el Tour de l’Ardèche

Segunda vuelta consecutiva para el equipo

Una espléndida escuadra ‘telefónica’, con Teruel, Guarischi, González, Patiño y Gutiérrez entregadas durante cinco días al éxito de la norteamericana, conquista su quinta ronda por etapas femenina 2021 y el 37º triunfo ‘azul’ de esta temporada.

¡Que no se acabe nunca este 2021! El plantel femenino de Movistar Team sigue ofreciendo alegrías en un verano sensacional para toda la escuadra telefónica, y tras cinco días de dura defensa, después del crucial golpe asestado por Leah Thomas con su triunfo en la 2ª etapa, el equipo dirigido en tierras galas por Pablo Lastras se ha adjudicado con la norteamericana la 19ª edición del Tour Cycliste Féminin Internationale de l’Ardèche (UCI 2.1), una de las rondas más largas y montañosas del calendario profesional.

Foto de grupo en la salida de la última etapa en Le Pouzin. (c) Photo Gomez Sport

La entrega y empeño de las azules quedó ejemplificado en la breve e intensa última jornada, sobre 81 km entre Le Pouzin y Privas con tres incómodos altos y una poderosa fuga que Movistar Team tuvo que emplearse a fondo para controlar. El esfuerzo de Alba Teruel -en los compases iniciales-, Barbara Guarischi -tras la subida inicial a Fontenelle (1ª)-, Alicia González, Sheyla Gutiérrez -camino del decisivo ascenso a Bemas (1ª)- y Paula Patiño -cara a meta- fue capaz de mantener siempre a raya un terceto con la peligrosa aparición de Jeanne Korevaar (LIV), ubicada a 2’03” en la general.

Movistar Team, controlando la fuga en esta jornada decisiva. (c) Photo Gomez Sport

Justo antes de coronar Bemas, un ataque de García (ALE), 2ª de la general, en compañía de Rooijakkers (LIV), cuarta, obligó a Leah Thomas para emplearse a fondo en el inicio de la bajada y, en compañía de Santesteban (BEX) darles alcance y acabar imponiéndose en el sprint del grupo perseguidor, 4ª tras Brand (TFS), Korevaar y Kennedy (BEX). Otro despliegue de poderío azul para lograr su quinta ronda femenina del curso -tras Elsy Jacobs (Norsgaard), Valencia, Noruega y La Vuelta (Van Vleuten)- y el 37º de la estructura Abarca Sports en 2021, 23º para un Movistar Team femenino sublime.

Thomas no quebró en ningún momento. (c) Photo Gomez Sport

Declaraciones, a continuación…

Imagen portada (c): Photo Gomez Sport

— Daniel Sánchez to movistarteam.com

Campbell storms to her first victory for Team BikeExchange at the Tour de l’Ardèche – Team BikeExchange


Teniel Campbell blasted to her first victory for Team BikeExchange today, by winning the sprint from a 12-rider breakaway on day 6 of the Tour de l’Ardèche, turning things around for the squad after bad luck yesterday, when team bikes were stolen.
 
The 23-year-old rider from Trinidad and Tobago was helped by her teammates to get into a dangerous breakaway on the lengthy 138.5km stage, after the squad initially missed the move. Working to bring the gap to the 11 escapees back down to 20 seconds, Team BikeExchange gave Campbell, their sprinter, the best chance to launch herself into the move, which she successfully did on a short rise and was able to contest the final.
 
Remaining calm and collected, Campbell followed the moves and remained in the wheels as they headed to the finish line in Goudargues, before launching to a well-deserved and meaningful victory; her first victory in Team BikeExchange colours.
 
With just one stage remaining, the team’s general classification hopeful, Ane Santesteban, now sits in third place overall on the same time as second place and just nine seconds down on the race leader Leah Thomas.
 
Teniel Campbell – Stage 6 winner
“It’s extremely special to win today in so many ways. After what transpired with the bikes yesterday, how everyone kept calm and found solutions instead of freaking out. How everyone remained motivated throughout what seemed at first chaotic! Is completely unreal.
 
It was a complete team effort from the chef keeping our tummies happy to the staff working tirelessly last night to prepare the bikes, to my teammates chasing the breakaway to help me launch on away on a 700m climb over to the breakaway.

 
It hurt like hell but the trust from the team and how well we were working these last days really motivated me and gave me a drive and strong urge to get a stage victory here.
Each day we came with a plan to give each other opportunities, constantly backing each other. 
 
From the start of today the adrenaline and motivation amongst us was really high so I believe everything just transcended and there was an energy flow. 

 
It’s a first win from me with Team BikeExchange and I will cherish and remember it for a long time as it was such an amazing team effort. The first one for the season does indeed feel extremely good.”
 
Alejando Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director
“That finish was really good especially after yesterday and all the hard work from the mechanics to build the bikes and bring bikes from the service course. 

It was always the plan to have Teniel or Jess Allen in the breakaway and we actually missed the initial breakaway of 11 riders and the team had to bring the gap back down so that we could launch Teniel on a short climb.
 
She actually closed the gap on that short climb really quick and got into the breakaway and that was it, so it was really a team effort to get there and it feels even better when it is the team setting it up and doing the job.
 
Teniel played it really cool in the breakaway, showing her strength and just keep calm and under control and as planned, going for the sprint and she won it. Tonight we can celebrate and have same champagne after all the stuff that happened yesterday with the bikes.”

 
2021 Tour de l’Archèche – Stage 6 Results:
1. Teniel Campbell (Team BikeExchange) 3:33:58
2. Nina Kessler ST
3. Lauretta Hanson ST
 
Tour de l’Ardèche – General Classification after stage 6:
1. Leah Thomas 20:55:08
2. Mavi Garcia +0:09
3. Ane Santesteban (Team BikeExchange) ST
 
Photo courtesy of Getty Images

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Team BikeExchange women stacked with climbers for Cycliste Feminin de L’Ardeche as Kennedy lines-up for her final race – Team BikeExchange

Team BikeExchange women make a quick turn-around and return to action tomorrow for the week-long Cycliste Feminin de L’Ardeche, a hilly French race which is renowned for its challenging parcourse.

The team is stacked with climbing talent and is looking for a strong showing following on from an aggressive four-days of racing last week, at the Ceratizit Challenge. Australian climber Lucy Kennedy is set to make the final racing appearance of her career at the event, having recently announced her retirement from professional cycling.

Fresh from multiple top-15 placings over the past weeks, Ane Santesteban has shown strong form and will be joined by Australian climber Amanda Spratt, with puncheur Janneke Ensing, Teniel Campbell and Jess Allen making it a well-balanced six-rider squad.

Team BikeExchange at the Tour Cycliste Feminin de L’Ardeche:
Jess Allen (AUS)
Teniel Campbell (TTO)
Janneke Ensing (NED)
Lucy Kennedy (AUS)
Ane Santesteban (ESP)
Amanda Spratt (AUS)

Lucy Kennedy
I have very good memories from Ardeche, having won it on the Australian national team in 2017. We have great depth on our team here and most of us have arrived from Ceratizit Challenge by la Vuelta where we combined well. We’ll build on that and are motivated to turn it into strong results. 

I have very mixed emotions starting my final race. I don’t want it to just slip by, but I want to make it a really positive and memorable week, and to just appreciate the incredible experience of being a professional bike rider.

As far as the Ardeche courses go, this is one of the less challenging editions on paper, but every stage has varied and challenging terrain. By this time in the season, some riders in the peloton are tired while others are coming to peaks, which makes the tactics and racing quite unpredictable. We have the depth to be adaptable to all kinds of scenarios.”

2021 Tour Cycliste Feminin de L’Ardeche Race Details:
Wednesday, 8th September: Stage 1, Aubenas to Barjac, 115km
Thursday, 9th September: Stage 2, Anneyron to Beauchastel. 122.6km
Friday, 10th September: Stage 3, Avigon to Avignin, 133.8km
Saturday, 11th September: Stage 4, Aumont-Aubrace to Mont Lozère, 119.6km
Sunday, 12th September: Stage 5, St Jean en Royans to St Jean en Royans, 113.5km
Monday, 13th September: Stage 6, Anduze to Anduze, 138.5km
Tuesday, 14th September: Stage 7, Le Pouzin to Privas 81.5km

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Tour de l’Ardèche 2021 | Movistar Team

El Tour de l’Ardèche es una de esas carreras que trae de vuelta al aficionado más habitual del ciclismo femenino a lo que esta categoría era hasta hace no tantos años. Una organización muy humilde, formada al completo por voluntarios; equipos modestos que se mezclan con algunas de las mejores escuadras del WorldTour; y recorridos variados y muy exigentes, con algunas de las subidas más duras del calendario.

Las cuatro jornadas a no perder de vista de cara a la general son la segunda en Beauchastel (jueves 9), con cinco ascensos que incluyen Cornas (2ª) y Rotisson (2ª) justo antes de meta; el final en alto de Mont Lozère (1ª), precedido por la Sommet du Goulet (1ª), el sábado 11; el quinto día (domingo 12) en St-Jean-en-Royans, con Gaudissard (1ª) de salida y Rochechinard (3ª) cara a la llegada; y la última en Privas (martes 14), pasando Fontenelle (1ª) y Benas (1ª) en solo 81 km.

— Daniel Sánchez to movistarteam.com