Telefónica-backed squad -with Teruel, Guarischi, González, Patiño and Gutiérrez all devoted to supporting the American for the last five days- conquer their fifth women’s GC win in 2021, Blues’ 37th success this season
Let this 2021 season never end! The Movistar Team’s women’s program continues to bring joy to their fans in a sensational summer for the whole Telefónica-backed squad. Following five days of tough defense, after a crucial blow to the GC standings inflicted by Leah Thomas with her stage two success, the squad directed on French soil by Pablo Lastras claimed with the American the overall victory at the 19th Tour Cycliste Féminin Internationale de l’Ardèche (UCI 2.1), one of the longest, most mountainous races in the professional circuit.
The commitment and effort from the Blues was perfectly exemplified by their work on the short, intense final stage, over 81km between Le Pouzin and Privas with three grueling ascents and a dangerous break which the Movistar Team had to battle hard to keep under control. The big turns at the front by Alba Teruel -right from the start-, Barbara Guarischi -following the initial climb to Fontenelle (Cat-1)-, Alicia González, Sheyla Gutiérrez -en route to the decisive Col de Bemas (Cat-1)- and Paula Patiño -right before the finish- was able to always keep close a trio featuring Jeanne Korevaar (LIV), located 2’03” behind Thomas in the GC.
Right before the top of Bemas, an attack by García (ALE), 2nd in the standings, together with Rooijakkers (LIV), fourth, forced Leah Thomas to do their best into the early turns of the downhill and, along with Santesteban (BEX), chase them down and win the pursuit group’s sprint, 4th behind Brand (TFS), Korevaar and Kennedy (BEX). Another display of Blue power to snatch their fifth women’s stagerace success of the season -after the Festival Elsy Jacobs (Norsgaard), Setmana Valenciana, Ladies Tour of Norway and La Vuelta (Van Vleuten)- and the Abarca Sports organisation’s 37th in 2021, the 23rd for a superb women’s Movistar Team.