Double-header of racing in Gracia Orlova as Huys & Jeffers take maiden wins today

Emma Jeffers 2024 Gracia Orlova Stage 4

Today’s stage of the Gracia Orlova was split into two distinct parts – a morning time trial followed by an afternoon road race – producing a memorable day for newcomers on the UCI circuit.

2024 Gracia Orlova Stage 3

The morning session began with an individual time trial over a 13.5km course, marking a career milestone for 18-year-old Austrian Tabea Huys of the MAXX Solar Rose team, who claimed her first UCI-level victory. Following closely behind, the general classification leader and Stage 1 winner Corinna Lechner finished 20 seconds adrift, securing second place, while Marion Norbert Riberolle completed the podium just a second behind Lechner.

This event reshuffled the general classification significantly, propelling Huys into the top-10 for the first time this season and elevating the Stage 2 winner Mirre Knaven to second place, with Urska Zigart rounding out the top three.

Urska Zigart
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2024 Gracia Orlova Stage 3 result

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2024 Gracia Orlova Stage 4

The afternoon’s 71.9km road race culminated in a bustling sprint finish where nearly all competitors crossed the line en masse. Emma Jeffers of Liv AlUla Jayco Women’s Continental Team outpaced her rivals in the sprint, capturing her first UCI level win, closely followed by Mirre Knaven and Olga Wankiewicz. The general classification remained largely unchanged following the afternoon’s exertions.

Reflecting on the day’s events, Mirre Knaven shared, “Today was really about recovery from the morning time trial and positioning for the sprint. Although we aimed for a breakaway, it wasn’t to be, so we focused on the sprint. I’m thrilled with how we performed as a team, and to finish on the podium again feels fantastic.”

2024 Gracia Orlova Stage 4 result

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