05 October 2021
Another podium for Mavi Garcia, second at the Tre Valli Varesine Women's Race
Spanish champion Mavi Garcia takes the Alé BTC Ljubljana team to the podium again. Today she finished in second place in the historic first edition of the Tre Valli Varesine Women’s Race, which took place today over a distance of 85.4 km from Busto Arsizio to Varese, on the same finish line of the men’s classic.
The Spanish rider, at the end of a narrow sprint, was beaten only by the fast Cuban Arlenis Sierra of A.R. Monex Pro Cycling Team. Third place for the Australian Rachel Neylan (Parkhotel Valkenburg).
Particularly active during the day was the Russian Anastasiia Chursina who tried to liven up the race with a couple of interesting attacks. First she tried to do it alone, then, once she was caught, she went on the attack again with Nadia Quagliotto of Bepink. This last attempt was also unsuccessful. In the last two laps of the final circuit of Varese, thanks in part to the initiative of Mavi Garcia, the decisive action began: first six went away, then five remained and finally only three. Sierra, Garcia and Neylan sprinted to the finish line to win. Garcia tried to do it, but could do nothing against the best sprint of the Cuban Sierra.
This is the comment of Mavi Garcia after the finishing line: “We are the same girls who have been on the podium last Saturday at the Giro dell’Emilia, we have only changed place – she smiles –. Even today it was a hard race, also for the rain that a little bit has penalized me. I felt good, but at the end I realized that my legs were not the same as a few days ago. I did everything I could, even in the sprint, but I didn’t get further than second place. I’m still happy because we did everything we could do and we have no regrets. First my team-mate Chursina tried and then in the final I played my cards right”.
The second stage of The Women’s Tour in Great Britain was also race today, 102.2 km with start and finish in Walsall. The Dutch Amy Pieters (SD Worx) won. Good seventh place for the Dutch Maaike Boogaard of Alé BTC Ljubljana, arrived in the leading group of ten athletes.