Team BikeExchange wrapped up the four-day Vuelta a Burgos Feminas today with stage one winner Grace Brown taking seventh place overall, after a strong ride on today’s Queen stage summit finish in Lagunas de Neilas where she climbed to ninth position. Teammate Amanda Spratt showed her cards, riding on the offensive all day by jumping in to a large breakaway, before attacking up the final ascent and eventually claiming a respectable 10th place after a huge effort throughout the 121km stage.
The day began with a rapid pace with the peloton not allowing any breakaway groups to form. Eventually, a large group of 30 riders was given freedom with Spratt and Georgia Williams represented in the move for Team BikeExchange.
The gap opened up to over one minute 40 seconds with Spratt winning the first GPM sprint before the group reduced to 14 riders on the approach to the final ascent to Lagunas de Neilas. Spratt then went on the attack, taking with her one Movistar rider, before being joined by two more riders as they passed the 4km to go mark.
The race then suddenly lit up, with a surge from behind as the GC favourites quickly charged towards the leaders as they began the climb. By the time they started the final two kilometres, the quartet were swallowed up and only a trio of Anna van der Breggen, Annemiek van Vleuten and Demi Vollering remained at the head of affairs as the road gradient increased.
Behind, Brown and Spratt fought hard all the way to the line to finish the brutal stage in ninth and tenth position respectively, securing a top-10 placing overall and a stage win, which concludes a successful four-days of racing for the squad.
“I was so disappointed with yesterday and I knew I had to refocus and come out today and have a good ride. The girls were so amazing at the start, especially Sarah Roy and Georgia Williams, and I was able to sneak into that move and really thanks to Georgia. She killed herself for me and we knew that I had a good chance in that group as one of the strongest climbers.
I just had to be patient and I attacked on the second to last climb and then again on the last climb a few times to try and shake the others. Maybe I was a little too keen at the start with the hard final, but honestly I’m really happy with my ride and it’s nice to be a part of the race again. It was great to take a stage win with Grace here and she’s also finished 7th on GC.”
Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director
“It wasn’t really planned, but we ended up with a group of over 25 riders going away and Spratty was in there and it was a really good move for us and we had Georgia there to support.
We took the opportunity, it was an opportunity that came and in the end it came up a couple of kilometres short, but it was a really good move.
I think the whole race has been pretty positive, we came with two goals, to get a stage win and get a good general classification position, and we got a stage on day one with Grace and a good general classification result, so all the boxes are ticked.”
2021 Vuelta a Burgos Feminas – Stage 4 Results:
1. Anna van der Breggen 3:24:15
2. Annemiek van Vleuten ST
3. Demi Vollering +0:20
9. Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) +1:09
10. Amanda Spratt (Team BikeExchange) +1:17
Final General Classification:
1. Anna van der Breggen 11:23:55
2. Annemiek van Vleuten +0:03
3. Demi Vollering +0:23
7. Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) +1:07
Photo Courtesy of Getty Sport.
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