The small purple team showed itself during the inaugural editon of Itzulia.
Liv Racing Xstra started with only four riders in the Spanish stage race. Tereza Neumanova, Marta Jaskulska, Jeanne Korevaar and Katia Ragusa defended the team colors in Itzulia. The first stage over almost 106 kilometres was animated by four riders. In the finale the GC contenders took the reigns and it was Demi Vollering who took the win.
Stage 2 started and finished in Mallabia and featured six classified climbs on its 117.9 kilometres. Several riders tried to get in the day`s breakaway, but the peloton didn`t let them go easily. Eventually a group with Marta Jaskulska took a nice gap. The Liv Racing Xstra rider made a strong impression in the escape group, but could not prevent that the peloton reeled the escapees in at the foot of the final climb.
“It was very hard to get in the right breakaway. The peloton followed all the attacks in the start of the race. We tried several times and finally I managed to get in the right group. We were caught on the last climb. It was a very hard stage and I feel the legs after all the hard races”, Jaskulska told after the second stage.
The third and final stage was held on the same course as last years` Clasica San Sebastián, including the known Jaizkibel. A group of five riders jumped away early in the stage. A group with Jaskulska went in the counter attack, but this group couldn`t bridge to the front. On the Jaizkibel the front group fell apart and only one rider stayed in the front.
Tereza Neumanova went in the counter attack with three other riders, but also they were caught again by the peloton. Jeanne Korevaar then attacked from the peloton with 25 km to go. She was accompanied by one other rider and caught the lonely leader at 19 km from the finish. On the Murgil Tontorra Korevaar and her companions had 35 seconds on the first peloton, but that gap dropped quickly and before the summit it was all over.
Sports director Giorgia Bronzini was satisfied after the race. “We did super in this race seen the circumstances. We started with only four riders here and then Katia had to leave the race feeling ill. Still the girls didn`t lose the fighting spirit. In the final stage all riders showed itself in all the breakaways. I am really satisfied with how the girls fought during this race. When we keep working like this we will get a good result one day. Now we focus on the Vuelta a Burgos next week.”