Team Sunweb and Lorena Wiebes power to opening stage victory at Madrid Challenge


Team Sunweb continued their successful 2020 season today, with their Women’s program claiming victory on the opening stage at the Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, with Lorena Wiebes powering across the line in first place.

Today’s opening stage at the Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta took place on a mostly flat parcours, albeit with a few rolling climbs scattered throughout the 80-kilometre course. Strong winds made for a nervous day in the saddle as the threat of echelons always loomed over the peloton, but Team Sunweb were attentive throughout the race, always ensuring they were towards the front of the bunch to make any splits.

Despite a few solo attacks, the race was all together as the peloton charged towards the finale, with the team doing a great job to position sprinter Lorena Wiebes for the finale. Coming into the uphill kick to the line, Wiebes produced her trademark powerful kick on the testing ramp. Raising her arms aloft to celebrate, Wiebes claimed her third race win since joining the team, and Team Sunweb Women program’s fifth of the year – a great reward for a strong team effort on the stage.

Winning the opening stage means that Wiebes moves into the race lead and will be the last rider to leave the start house in tomorrow’s nine-kilometre individual time trial.