La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta Preview (1.WWT)

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190 days after inaugural race of the UCI WWT at the historic city of Siena, it is time now for Madrid, Spain. The second edition of La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta (previously ranked as UCI WE 1.1) will witness the final round of the 2016 UCI Women’s World Tour.

Once American rider Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) mathematically guaranteed her victory at the inaugural UCI Women’s WorldTour series, the attention lies in both the secondary standings and the partial victory.

Lingering concussion symptoms, following consecutive crashes while competing during the European Spring classics season have prevented previous winner Shelley Olds (Cylance) from defending her victory at the inaugural edition of La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta.

UCI WWT Race Schedule:

1. Strade Bianche, ITA – 05/03/16
 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) 
2. Women’s WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe,  NED – 12/03/16
  Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
3. Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio, ITA – 20/03/2016
 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
4. Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields, BEL – 27/03/16
 Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
5. Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres, BEL – 03/04/16
  Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
6. La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, BEL – 20/04/15
  Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank Liv)
7. Tour of Chongming Island, CHN – 06/05/16 to 08/05/16
[AUS] Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5)
8. Amgen Tour of California, USA – 19/05/16 to 22/05/16
 Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
9. Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, USA – 05/06/16
 Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
10. Aviva Womens Tour, GBR – 15/06/16 to 19/06/16
 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
11. Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, ITA – 01/07/16 to 10/07/16
 Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
12. La Course by Le Tour de France, FRA – 24/07/16
[AUS] Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5)
13. Prudential Ride London, GBR – 30/07/15
  Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products)
14. Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour TTT, SWE – 19/08/16
  Boels Dolmans 
15. Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour Road Race, SWE – 21/08/16
 [SUE] Emilia Fahlin (Alé Cipollini) 
16. GP de Plouay-Bretagne, FRA – 27/08/16

 [POL] Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana)

17. La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, ESP – 11/09/16

UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Ranking

1   Megan Guarnier Boels Dolmans 946
2 [CAN]  Leah Kirchmann Liv Plantuur 604
3   Elizabeth Armitstead Boels Dolmans 545
50 [ESP] Sheyla Gutiérrez Cylance Pro Cycling 87

UCI Women’s WorldTour Youth Ranking

1 Katarzyna Niewiadoma Rabobank Liv  36
2 Floortje Mackaij Liv Plantur 18
3 Jip van den Bos Parkhotel Valkenburg 14

Women’s WorldTour Team Ranking

1 Boels Dolmans 2814
2 Wiggle High5 2023
3 Rabobank Liv 1853

Programme
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Sunday, September 11th, Local Time: 14:45 p.m to 16:45 p.m. approx (UTC+2)

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A total of 19 teams, including one national team, will participate in this edition of La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta. Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylance), Anna Sanchis (Wiggle-High5), Dorleta Eskamendi (Lares-Waowdeals) Mavi García, Lourdes Oyarbide, Lierni Lekuona, Elisabet Escursell, Irati Idirin (Bizkaia Durango), Alicia González, Gloria Rodríguez, Belén López, Eider Merino, Alba Teruel (Lointek), Ana Usabiaga, Ziortza Isasi, Cristina Pujol, Irene Trabazo  Miriam Gardachal and Sandra Alonso (Spain) will be our Spanish representatives at the final UCI WWT round.

Route 85.5km: Madrid-Madrid

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Circuit profile

Riders will have to cover fifteen laps to a 5.7-kilometre flat urban circuit, totalling 85.5 kilometres. There will be 12 intermediate sprints, from the second lap till the thirteenth one, where points will be awarded to the top five placed riders (5-4-3-2-1 points).

Favourites & Outsiders

EstrellaEstrellaEstrellaEstrella [AUS] Chloe Hosking, [ITA] Marta Bastianelli, [CAN] Leah Kirchmann
EstrellaEstrellaEstrella [BEL] Jolien D’hoore, [DIN] Amalie Dideriksen, [FRA] Roxane Fournier

EstrellaEstrella  [FRA] Elise Delzenne, [AUS] Loren Rowney, [POL] Eugenia Bujak, [LUX] Christine Majerus
Estrella [ESP] Sheyla Gutiérrez, [FRA] Pascale Jeuland, [NOR] Emilie Moberg, [BEL] Kelly Druyts, [AUS] Sarah Roy, [ITA] Maria Giulia Confalonieri

Betting area

Our favourite: [AUS] Chloe Hosking
Our outsider:  [ESP] Sheyla Gutiérrez

Participants

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Previous edition

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Individual and secondary classification winners @ A.S.O.

American rider Shelley Olds (Alé Cipollini) won the inaugural edition of La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta. The American sprinter was the fastest at the final bunch sprint. Italian rider Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-Honda) and Dutch rider Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) completed the podium, second and third respectively.

Highlights 2015 La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta (WE 1.1)

Results

Live TV Streaming

Sunday, September 11th – La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta live TV streaming (in Spain) from 12:45pm until 17:00 pm (UTC+2) on:

Moreover the race will be streamed live on the following channels:

  • Australia: SBS
  • Belgium: VRT
  • Denmark: TV2
  • New Zealand: Sky TV
  • Norway: TV2
  • Portugal: TVI
  • United Kingdom: ITV
  • Africa: Supersport (52 countries)
  • Asia: Eurosport (16 countries)
  • Europe: Eurosport (54 countries)

Twitter coverage

A few Twitter accounts and hashtags to follow the race (among others):

Facebook 

Sources

Official website
UCI
WomenCyclingFever
PCS

Written by:
Diego Martín

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