Olivia Baril gets a great second place in Mallabia, the arrival site of the second stage of the Itzulia Women, and gives Valcar – Travel & Service the first podium of the season in a test included in the World Tour calendar.
Confirming her excellent feeling with the climbs, Olivia Baril gets a great second place in Mallabia, the arrival site of the second stage of the Itzulia Women, and gives Valcar – Travel & Service the first podium of the season in a test included in the World Tour calendar .
To precede the Canadian only the leader of the general classification Demi Vollering who, together with Marta Cavalli and Olivia, appeared the strongest along the six climbs of the second fraction.
“I’m really happy with the placement and the condition I’m showing,” said Olivia Baril to Eurosport. “We knew the stage was going to be tough and demanding and the heat made it even more selective. I tried to keep my strength for the final, since I knew that the stage would be decided on the sixth climb ».
After all, Olivia Baril knows these places very well, since she has been living in the Basque Country since 2020.
“Here I found a wonderful place to train and this is where the best results for me are coming: last year the long escape in the San Sebastian Classic, last Sunday the victory at the Ciudad de Eibar and now this first podium in a World Tour test ».
With this placement, which follows the 18th place in the first fraction, Olivia Baril has risen to fifth place in the general; all pending the final stage of tomorrow, which will see the athletes engaged on the legendary Jaizkibel.
In addition to the performance of the Canadian, she excellent proof of the whole team, capable of racing as a protagonist. Anastasia Carbonari was present in the escape of 8 athletes that characterized the first 95 km, thus allowing captain Baril to stay covered in the group, escorted by her teammates.
At the foot of the sixth and final ascent the group is back together; the Karabieta ramps took care of the selection, which exalted five athletes: Baril, Vollering, Cavalli, Rooijakkers and Labous. It was they who fought for the victory in the uphill arrival at Mallabia.
Today’s performance is also the result of the excellent rapprochement that the athletes headed by Davide Arzeni have done this week. On Tuesday Valcar – Travel & Service competed in the Emakumeen Nafarroako Women’s Elite Classics, taking 11th place for Olivia Baril and 15th for Lizzie Stannard. The next day it was the turn of the Navarra Women’s Elite Classics, which saw Alice Maria Arzuffi close 15th and Stannard herself 17th.