Fourth place in the space of a week for Chiara Consonni who, after second place at Gp Oetingen and seventh places at Drentse Acht and Ronde van Drenthe, touches the podium in Belgium at Nokere Koerse.
In a race characterized by 22 sectors of pavées and falls (Karolina Kumiega and Consonni also hit the ground twice), the 22-year-old from Bergamo was perfect in finding the best position to carry out the sprint, finishing her fatigue in fourth position. If Lorena Wiebes appeared a step above all the others, Lotte Kopecky and Marta Bastianelli preceded the Valcar – Travel & Service standard bearer of a bicycle.
“On the one hand, I can only congratulate all the girls, who have interpreted a difficult race in the best possible way by responding to the adversities they have faced”, confirms Davide Arzeni, sporting director. “On the other hand, the bitterness remains in the mouth for not being able to get on the podium with Chiara”.
A Consonni who is fourth in a row.
“It is undeniable that the athlete is doing well and is running with maturity. Today she finished fourth despite two falls and a severe pain in one arm; without perhaps we could have collected more, although credit must be given to the girls who preceded it “.
Falls that will be evaluated upon return to Italy.
“Let’s hope it’s nothing serious, because in addition to the Binda Trophy on Sunday next week, races like La Panne and Gent-Wevelgem are scheduled in which Chiara Consonni and Karolina Kumiega can do well”.
As anticipated by ds Davide Arzeni, the next appointment of Valcar – Travel & Service will be in Italy, more precisely in Cittiglio, home of the Binda Trophy on Sunday 20 March, third round of the World Tour 2022. The start of the Sunday race is set in Cocquio Trevisago at 12:10. Expected arrival in Via Valcuvia in Cittiglio around 16:00, after 142 kilometers.