New Conti team Cynisca Cycling didn’t have long to wait this season before taking their first win. The American registered team managed to go clear through their Canadian rider Emilie Fortin late on. A tough race into headwinds saw the peloton go much slower than the scheduled time and the racing didn’t really kick off until the second half when Lucy Gadd of Stade Rochelais Charente Maritime attacked on her own. She was caught and we saw a counter-attack from Lucia Ruiz of Eneicat-CM Team-Seguros Deportivos. Neither move stuck for too long.
The deciding move we initially saw a group of 3 escape but it was Emilie Fortin who was able to remain clear, ahead of the chasing pack. With the sprinters keen to have their day, they were unfortunately too slow to contest the win. Another Canadian was 2nd behind Fortin, EF Education-TIBCO-SVB’s Alison Jackson. Closing out the podium was the recent winner of the Vuelta CV Feminas, Floortje Mackaij.
This was the first edition of the Clasica de Almeria, making Fortin the first name on the honours board. Despite a tough middle section, the odds were always in favour of the race coming down to a form of a sprint finish. The peloton faced three intermediate sprints in Benahadux (km 32), Uleila del Campo (km 77) and Garrucha (km 128). and also, to ascend the mountain passes of Cuesta Blanca (km 65) and Sorbas (km 99)
The Clasica de Almeria was also the first win in Emilie Fortin’s professional career.
Clasica de Almeria 2023 result
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