Alpes Gresivaudan Classic 2024 Race Preview

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Alpes Gresivaudan Classic 2024 History

The first Alpes Gresivaudan Classic was an epic edition. The pre-race favourite Evita Muzic took the win but it wasn’t so simple as that sounds! Eglantine Rayer, who was still a junior back in 2022, pushed Muzic all the way to the finish line. Just 2 seconds behind was the German rider Clara Koppenberg before a larger gap to 4th for Adele Normand. 

Last year’s race was a bit more clinical, however. Muzic took the win by over 40 seconds from Ursa Pintar and Morgane Coston. The route differed slightly in that it finished with a descent rather than a summit finish.

The original 2022 finish on a summit has been reinstated for 2024 however. The Chamrousse climb will be tackled for the first time and it’s a beast. If the early climbs weren’t tough enough, the finish will see minutes separate riders further back through the bunch. Vuelta stage winner Evita Muzic is back to try and make it a three-peat.

Previous Winners

2023
Evita Muzic
2022
Evita Muzic
2021
Not held

Alpes Gresivaudan Classic 2024 Profile

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Alpes Gresivaudan Classic 2024 Contenders

Evita Muzic is very much the form rider at the moment and clearly has a stunning history at the Alpes Gresivaudan Classic. Her stage win at the Vuelta Femenina has been backed up. She was 2nd in GC at the Vuelta a Burgos and Durango Durango since then. She’s the clear race favourite. She should get some good support from Cecille Uttrup Ludwig who is riding back into form. The Dane has been flirting with the top-20 in races so far with work to do to get her ready for the Tour de France Femmes this year. At her best, she’d be on the podium no problem. Amber Kraak had a good time in Brittany, finishing 3rd at the Bretagne Ladies Tour. She’s not quite in the same league as her teammates on the climbs but should do well against this field. Lea Curinier is also going nicely in a strong support role at the moment. She was 17th in GC at Burgos, 18th at Itzulia and 21st in Durango Durango. She could make the top-10 in this race.

Also here with plenty of options is Visma Lease a Bike. We’ll get to see Fem van Empel for the first time since Fleche Wallonne where the CX World Champ finished 8th. That was the best result of her truncated spring campaign so it’ll be interesting to see how she fares on her return. Maud Oudeman impressed at the Vuelta a Burgos with a finish of 10th in GC. That was pretty much her best result of the season so far. Eva van Agt isn’t necessarily the most natural climber but similar to Kraak, has the potential to do well in a thin field. She’s been unable to finish the Vuelta and Burgos recently though so may be a longer shot than normal. Rosita Reijnhout also took her best result in a while at the same race, finishing 12th in GC there. The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race winner this year has been reasonably quiet since that major win but there is an opportunity here with no major leader like Vos or Markus around.

Giada Borghesi is having quite the season so far. The young Italian has barely finished outside of the top 10 since the start of April. That includes 3rd in GC at the Giro Mediterraneo in Rosa, 4th at La Classique Morbihan, 5th at GP della Liberazione PINK, 6th at GP de Plumelec-Morbihan and 7th at Durango Durango. That’s quite a run for a rider on a smaller Conti team like BTC City Ljubljana Zhiraf Ambedo. Teammate Ursa Pintar was 2nd in last season’s Alpes Gresivaudan Classic too. She’s got her own recent strong result with 7th in GC at the Tour de Feminin in Czechia.

Marion Bunel
Marion Bunel

Julie Bego continues to impress in her debut season in the Elites. 5th at Navarra Elite Classics recently hints at a possible strong result here. Teammate Morgane Coston doesn’t have many results of note so far in 2024 but very much has the best previous results on the Cofidis team at the Alpes Gresivaudan Classic. Coston was 3rd last year and 5th the year before that. Hannah Ludwig was impressive in her solo break to take victory at the Navarra Elite Classics but it feels tough for her to repeat that here. She can certainly ride at threshold for a long time but others feel more naturally suited to the climbing. Nikola Noskova is one of those who will be looking to find some form. She’s not finished in the top-20 since the start of March at the Trofeo Oro in Euro. At her best, she’s a potential top-10 finisher here.

This race should be perfect for Marion Bunel to show what she can do. 5th on the summit finish on Jebel Hafeet this year, we’ve seen her do well on the smaller slopes of the Coupe de France races as well. She should be a good shout for the podium. Teammate Victorie Guilman will also be in support and she’s been going well this year. She might do well just because she can do the early slopes quite well but will fall back on the major climb at the end.

Valentina Cavallar certainly impressed for Arkea at the Vuelta a Burgos, almost winning the mountains jersey. She was immediately rewarded with a new contract by Arkea and that might give her the confidence to do something here. For a former Olympic rower, a pure climb might just suit rather than the pack dynamics of a rolling stage. We’ve certainly seen Lotte Claes climb well before but she’s barely cracked the top-10 this season. 11th on the hilliest stage of the Vuelta Extremadura might be an indicator of where she finishes here. Maeva Squiban just struggled at the end of the Spring but hopefully is well rested coming to the Alpes Gresivaudan Classic. Earlier in the year she’d been going well with top-10s in the early Spanish races. Océane Mahé is also one to watch here after finishing 13th at Durango Durango. She’s also going to be high in confidence after winning the U23 French Nationals TT earlier in May. She was also 3rd on the hardest stage of the Vuelta Extremadura Feminas and could use this race as a springboard to really announce herself.

Karolina Perekitko
Karolina Perekitko

One of the surprises of the season so far has been Monica Trinca Colonel of BePink-Bongioanni. She’s been a solid finisher all year and she just tries to find her level. She’s coming off a decent RideLondon Classique which saw tough rolling terrain. At the Vuelta Femenina on these kinds of long, big climbs she was just knocking around the top-15 in WWT company. She is going to be a rider to watch for.

Winspace’s Karolina Perekitko is another at a similar level with the Pole impressing on the climbs so far in 2024. She’s coming off a 6th place at the GP Ciudad de Eibar last weekend too which finished on a tough summit finish in Arrate. The WWT competition here should be too strong but there are spots in the top-10 available for a Conti rider looking to make a big impression.

Alpes Gresivaudan Classic 2024 Outsiders

Sigrid Ytterhus Haugset

Sigrid Ytterhus Haugset has climbed well in parts this season, finishing 4th in GC at the Vuelta Extremadura Féminas after a strong 6th on the hilliest day. More recently, the Norwegian has finished 16th at the Navarra Elite Classics and is another potential top-15 shout here with a relatively weaker field behind the WWT teams.

WCC Team’s Fariba Hashimi was particularly impressive at the Giro Mediterraneo in Rosa, finishing 4th and 5th on the two toughest stages of that stage race. That allowed her to sneak into the top-10 in GC as well. From there though, it’s all gone a little bit quiet. Wet racing in Brittany seemed to not suit here, so hopefully with a good forecast, we might see her shine again.

Argentinian rider Maria Yapura Plaza was 17th here last season and has been quietly picking up results on climbing stages this season. 3rd on the final day of the Mediterraneo in Rosa a prime example. She’s got a chance to improve on last year’s result. Teammate Victoire Joncheray is another rider to have done well in that race, finishing 6th and 9th on the final two stages to secure 7th in GC. She’s got a few other top-10s this year too at the Trofeo Ponente in Rosa and Pays de la Loire Tour.

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