Silvia Persico gives Valcar – Travel & Service the first seasonal placement in a World Tour race, closing the eighth edition of the Strade Bianche Women Elite in 10th place.
In what is now considered the sixth Classic Monument, the 24-year-old remained with the group of the best on Colle Pinzuto, confirming the excellent condition already shown in her first appearances on the road in Belgium.
With the cyclist from Bergamo, Lotte Kopecky, Chantal Blaak, Ashleigh Moolman and Demi Vollering (SD Worx), Katarzyna Niewiadoma and Elise Chabbey (Canyon Sram); Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and Grace Brown (FDJ Aquitaine); Elisa Longo Borghini and Shirin Van Anrooij (Trek Segafredo); Liane Lippert and Floortje Mackaij (DSM); Marianne Vos (Jumbo Visma); Annemiek Van Vleuten (Movistar) and Yara Kastelijn (Plantur Pura).
If the Tolfe dirt road launched Lotte Kopecky and Annemiek Van Vleuten, respectively first and second at the finish, Silvia Persico held the wheels of the first pursuers, finishing her fatigue in tenth position.
“It is an important placement that gives confidence to me and to the team. We raced in front and the mechanisms are improving from race to race. On a personal level, I am happy with the placement: although I had not been very well in the last two or three days, my legs turned well. I managed to stay with the best in the hot phases of the race, managing to arrive in Piazza del Campo in tenth position “.