22 February 2018
THE 2018 EUROPEAN SEASON STARTS WITH A PODIUM
The Team Alè - Cipollini obtained an awesome third place in the stage 1 of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana with Marta Bastianelli: the italian sprinter of the #YellowFluoOrange Team ended just behind the English Hannah Barnes and the South African Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, after a dramatic stage of 118 kms from Rotova to Gandia, ended with a big bunch sprint and a breakaway catched just less than one kilometer to go.
The crucial moment has been the climb to Barx (Cat. 2), at only 13 kms from the finish: Moolman and Niewiadoma attacked and the gap jumpas at about one minute. Some small groups try to chase the two riders, who still had 30’’ at -5 kms. A big chasing group behind the leaders did not permit them to sprint for the stage win, as they have been taken after the last kilometer. Marta sprinted and took another wonderful podium for the #YellowFluoOrange Team, the first with the new Sports Director Gulnara Fatkullina.
Marta declared after the stage: “It was a very intense and dramatic stage, with much climb and the final chase. We made the best and this podium is important for the next stages”.
The Stage 2 (Castellò - Vila-real, 115 kms) will be raced tomorrow.
PODIUM AND GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER THE STAGE 1:
1. Hannah Barnes
2. Ashleigh Moolman - Pasio
3- Marta BASTIANELLI
The selection for the first big Northern Classics:
Not just Spain, but Belgium as well: the Italian Team is going to participate at the first three races on the cobblestones: The very waited Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday 24th February, the Omloop van Het Hageland on Sunday. 25 and Le Samyn des Dames on Tuesday, 27. The Team Manager Fortunato Lacquaniti has selected the following six athletes: Chloe Hosking, Anisha Vekemans, Janneke Ensing, Soraya Paladin, Karlijn Swinkels and Romy Kasper.
Fortunato Lacquaniti declared: “We finally debut in the northern races and we are here to take the most important results. High concentration, we will be ready for the best. Compliments to Marta and the rest of the Team and Staff for the big result of today in Spain”.
LINE-UP OMLOOP HET NIEUWSBLAD, OMLOOP VAN HET HAGELAND, LE SAMYN DES DAMES (24-25-27 FEBRUARY):
Chloe HOSKING (Australia)
Anisha VEKEMANS (Belgium)
Janneke ENSING (Netherlands)
Soraya PALADIN (Italy)
Karlijn SWINKELS (Netherlands)
Romy KASPER (Germany)
Team Manager/Sports Director: Fortunato Lacquaniti (Italy)