A podium finish for Mitchelton-SCOTT women in the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta TTT stage

Sat 15 Sep 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT women navigated around the streets of Boadilla del Monte Madrid today, finishing the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta stage one team time trial stage with a time of 18minutes 26seconds, good enough for third place.

The technical 12.6km event saw the current world champions Team Sunweb come out on top taking the victory in the new two-stage format of the event.

The course

The race against the clock was the perfect opportunity for teams to test themselves in the TTT discipline with just one week to go until the world championship event. The short distance of just 12.6km featured a lot of tight corners before some lumps along the route, finishing with a slight uphill drag to the finish on a pave road.

Early leaders

With 19 teams on the start list, Cogeas-Mettler were one of the early teams to set a bench mark with a time of 18minutes 50seconds, which proved to be the time to beat as Mitchelton-SCOTT rolled down the ramp as the final team to start.

Podium effort

The six-rider Mitchelton-SCOTT team worked well pacing themselves through the punchy course finishing with four riders but with Wiggle-High5 and Team Sunweb completing the distance with faster times to take the top two podium spots.

The team takes confidence from the event which was much shorter than their world championship goal coming in one weeks time.

Alex Manly

"The course was really short and technical. There were a few really punchy hills which were the main spots were you could make up or lose time.
"It was a fine line between safety and keeping the team together and going to hard through the corners and bumps. The team worked really well but we broke up in the last half and lost a lot of time there.
"We got the most out of everyone, considering worlds is a completely different sort of race we are still really happy with how we are tracking and know the little things that can be improved on.
"This was the first time we have raced with our worlds line-up and we can walk away from today happy. The team is looking forward to tomorrow's criterium and we have Jolien D'hoore our Belgian bullet who has won the race twice before and we are all confident and ready to support her."

Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta TTT stage results:

1. Team Sunweb 17:40
2. Wiggle-High5 17:58
3. Mitchelton-SCOTT 16:26

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