02.05.2023 World-Tour, News, Race news
CHLOE DYGERT CLOSE TO SNATCHING VICTORY ON STAGE 2 OF LA VUELTA
CANYON//SRAM Racing claimed another podium today when Chloé Dygert sprinted to third place on stage two of La Vuelta Femenina by Carrefour. After an animated final hour of racing, Dygert launched her sprint with more than 500m to go, powering ahead to gain a substantial gap on the peloton. Only in the final 100m on the slight uphill drag were Marianne Vos (JVW) and winner Charlotte Kool (DSM) able to come past.
Chloé says, “To be truly honest, I’m disappointed. But I also have to remember where I’ve come from. So, at the end of the day, this is a major blessing. I am so grateful for the support I’ve received to have been able to pull this off.”
An early four-rider breakaway was caught just after the halfway point of the stage as teams tried to create pressure in various sections of the course. Chloé picked up two bonus seconds on the only intermediate sprint of the stage. Soon after, teammates Kasia Niewiadoma and Elise Chabbey went on the attack on the rolling hills. Despite their attempts, the peloton came to the anticipated bunch sprint, where Chloé tried a long-range sprint.
“I’ve never really categorised myself as a sprinter, especially when some of the best sprinters in the world are coming to the line with me. So I knew that my best option would be taking a long ‘sprint’. I just went a tad early today,” Chloé explains.
With her third place, Chloé is second in the general classification, just one second behind leader Vos, but she hints at even more improvement in the team during the rest of the tour.
“Being our first time together with this constellation of riders, we put a lot of trust in each other, and it’s only going to get better from here on out. I’m looking forward to how much more we will grow as a team in these next stages,” explains Chloé.
Teammate Elise adds, “We wanted to make an aggressive race and try for bonus seconds or look for opportunities. Coming to the final, we had a good position in the final two kilometres, with both Kasia and I there to help with the lead-out for Chloé. I admit I made a mistake in the final, and there was no lead-out. Chloé went, and she showed she was really strong. We’re looking forward to keeping the momentum going in the next stages.”
Before tomorrow’s third stage, CANYON//SRAM Racing still has five riders in the top ten on the general classification. Chloé is best-placed in second, just one second behind leader Marianne Vos, while teammates Kasia Niewiadoma, Elise Chabbey, Ricarda Bauernfeind and Agnieszka Skalniak-Sójka are all at seven seconds.
HOW TO WATCH
La Vuelta Femenina by Carrefour can be followed on Twitter with #LaVueltaFemenina. A live broadcast will be shown on RTVE, NOS, FloBikes, RTVC Senal, Eurosport, Sky Sport, RTBF, TV2, Peacock, Supersport, SBS, GCN, ESPN, SSC, and JSPORTS.
Stage 3 | ELCHE DE LA SIERRA – LA RODA | 157.8km | Stage start 12:30CEST | Broadcast 15:30CEST
Stage 4 | CUENCA – GUADALAJARA | 133.1km | Stage start 13:15CEST | Broadcast 15:30CEST
Stage 5 | LA CABRERA – MIRADOR DE PEÑAS LLANAS. RIAZA | Stage start 11:45CEST | Broadcast 14:00CEST
Stage 6 | CASTRO-URDIALES – LAREDO | 106.1km | Stage start 12:20CEST | Broadcast 14:00CEST
Stage 7 | POLA DE SIERO – LAGOS DE COVADONGA | 93.1km | Stage start 12:40CEST | Broadcast 14:00CEST