Williams the highest finisher in 19th place for MTS at the Madrid Challenge ITT stageSat 14 Sep 2019
New Zealand time trial champion Georgia Williams was the highest finisher for Mitchelton-SCOTT on a short individual time trial for stage one of the Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta today.
A down pour of rain effected the times of some riders during the 9.3kilometre event, with some women facing wet roads and others perfectly dry conditions.
Williams was one of the latter that faced the rain, as she showed off her national colours and blasted around the short and fairly technical course.
Pernille Mathieson (Team Sunweb) set the first bench mark time of 13minutes and five seconds, but it was former world time trial champion Lisa Brennauer (WNT Rotor Pro Cycling) that stole the show, taking the stage win, with herself and Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) the only two-riders to dip under 13minutes.
Williams and Mitchelton-SCOTT head into tomorrow’s road stage looking for a solid stage result rather than eyeing the overall classification in this year’s edition of the race. The small team of five-riders have options to tackle the fast city centre circuit stage in Madrid, whether it be a sprint finish or from a breakaway opportunity.
“The course was really nice a few little up’s and downs and technical parts to make it fun and interesting with a hard flat last two and a half kilometres.
"It’s always a proud moment to race in the national champs kit, it’s only the second time this year I have worn it but good to get a hit out in the legs before the world championships in a couple weeks, even though it was a bit shorter than the worlds course.
“The weather varied quite a bit, the middle group of starts had no rain and almost dry roads which was a little bit of an advantage in the corners, then we got quite a down pour for myself and the last group of riders. I was not expecting this weather in Spain.
“I’m happy enough with my ride, I would have liked top ten but in the end I gave it everything I could so I can’t be too disappointed. We’re looking forward to an aggressive hard race in Madrid tomorrow.”
Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta - Stage 1 Results:
1. Lisa Brennauer (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling) 12:52
2. Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) +0:04
3. Pernille Mathisen (Team Sunweb) +0:13
19. Georgia Williams (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:39
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