7th Vuelta a Burgos Feminas (May 19th-21st)



It's been a year since the last real mountain showdown between the two Vans. One of them might be present again this year, but none of them will be racing, so a new winner will be crowned on Sunday
Demi Vollering, who finished third 12 months ago, crashed out of Emakumeen Saria, but she is apparently feeling alright and should be ready for the start.


Podiums of the first six editions (NE 2015-18, 2.1 in 2019, WWT from 2021)

Stage 1

A bit of up and down all day before a slight uphill finish in Aranda de Duero (3-4% in the last 500m)


Last 3 km:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbb_deGNxkI


Stage 2

Quite similar to the first stage, but there's a short climb in the final 5.5 km (0.8 km, 6%) before a descent and a flat finish.


Last 3 km:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDT34EkwY28

Stage 3

The third stage has the same start and finish points as last year when Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig took her first WWT win, but it seems the run-in to the final climb is a little bit easier this time.


Last 3 km:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHGjkDX5f14

Stage 4

Lagunas de Neila made its debut in the women's race last year and will once again decide the final outcome. This time they have added a loop of 11 kilometres between the penultimate climb and the start of Lagunas de Neila.


Last 3 km:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDmSnXw3dDQ


Start list: https://firstcycling.com/race.php?r=10428&y=2022&k=8
 
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Rooijakkers attacked on her own, and Amialiusik dropped back to help her. The pace went up again right when they rejoined and the rest of the second group didn't make it back. 14 km left.
God bless Pauliena, she's fantastic but her acute pelotonophobia will always cost her like this, she's had to expend a bunch of energy that other contenders haven't à la Valverde in Suances in 2008. This was always going to be a stage about survival for her.

I've always compared her to David Moncoutié as a rider. She's a great climber who frequently struggles on the flat and has no sprint ability and can be nervous in the pack, and who can usually be found in only two places: at the back of the péloton, and off the front of it.
 
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Trek wtf? Dideriksen working on the front for Hosking and maybe Lucinda B, and they are both dropped. Amalie hasn’t had a lot of chances to ride for herself the last couple of years, and when she finally does, it is after using a lot energy at the front.
 
Trek wtf? Dideriksen working on the front for Hosking and maybe Lucinda B, and they are both dropped. Amalie hasn’t had a lot of chances to ride for herself the last couple of years, and when she finally does, it is after using a lot energy at the front.
Plus she got blocked a bit twice in the finale.

Cavalli has crashed out.

The breakaway with Jennifer Ducuara of Colombia Tierra de Atletas - GW - Shimano, who's on teh same time as Kopecky, had a big lead, but Canyon is now clsing it down rapidly. The gap is still more than 4 minutes with 30 km left, so it won't be impossible for them to hold on.
 
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Vollering looking absolutely cooked. Thank you sd worx for your honest communication after her crash, don’t mind my Amy Pieters trofee hunt;)
Surprised Kopecky missed the first split btw.
 
Vollering looking absolutely cooked. Thank you sd worx for your honest communication after her crash, don’t mind my Amy Pieters trofee hunt;)
Surprised Kopecky missed the first split btw.
It's alright, a few of us gambled on Rooijakkers thinking, well, there's no descending and the péloton surely can't split so much she is out of it before the mountaintop finish...
 
Sadly I didn't get to watch the final due to a dishwasher issue, but this is definitely turning into an interesting race with no clear favourite.

I hope, for their sakes, that Fisher-Black and/or Shackley gets backed by the team tomorrow, but Vollering is obviously not that far behind if she suddenly has godlike legs again.
 

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