During these four days, the riders of Team SD Worx were unable to figh for the prizes. In the second stage, an individual time trial over 7.3 km, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio seemed on the way to a good result. She did a strong first part and therefore recorded a fast time at the intermediate point. At the finish it turned out not to be enough for a short classification and she finished eleventh.
In the third stage, Niamh Fisher-Black did not start anymore, and the team had to continue with five riders.
Blanka Kata Vas did manage to finish in the top-10 in the third and fourth stage, which gave her a ninth place in the general classification. She had not expected such a short classification beforehand.
She declares after the race: “I would never expect to finish in the Top 10 of a GC in my first WT stage race after ages, and my small break after the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Being part of the decisive break-away during stage 3 was really special, as I could now catch up with Worlds best riders. I’m grateful to be part of this team, and I felt really welcome the last few days. My next road races are the European- and World Championships, after which I’ll focus on the CX season.”
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