Annemiek Van Vleuten dominates La Vuelta as Elisa Balsamo claims the last stage

The dutch rider is the first winning at Tour, Giro and Vuelta in the same year

Really hot day in Madrid downtown for the 109 survivors at La Vuelta 2022 in a fast paced last stage. The final sprint was won by the current champion of the world, Elisa Balsamo after a great Trek Segafredo, UAE ADQ, SD Worx and Valcar ragazzi work to finish with the breakway of the day starring Sandra Alonso (Ceratizit), Sara Poidevin (EF Education Tibco SVB), Nina Buijsman (Human Powered Health) and Carlijn Achtereekte (Jumbo Visma).

The organization did not credit us but anyway, we could do the followin visual report. Please enjoy it!!

Annemiek Van Vleuten just before the race

Final GC Top 20

1.-Annemik Van VleutenMovistar12:21:46″
2.-Elisa Longo BorghiniTrek Segafredo +1:44″
3.-Demi VolleringSD Worx +2:11″
4.-Liane LippertDSM +2:34″
5.-Cecilie Uttrup LudwigFDJ Suez Futuroscope +2:43″
6.-Ane SantestebanBikeExchange Jayco +3:03″
7.-Anna ShackleySD Worx +3:07″
8.-Elise ChabbeyCanyon SRAM +3:29″
9.-Juliette LabousDSM +3:35″
10.-Kasia NiewiadomaCanyon SRAM +3:39″
11.-Brodie ChapmanFDJ Suez Futuroscope +3:47″
12.-Silvia PersicoValcar Travel & Service +3:50″
13.-Mavi GarcíaUAE ADQ +4:09″
14.-Veronica Ewers EF Tibco SVB +4:48″
15.-Alexandra ManlyBikeExchange Jayco +4:50″
16.-Arlenis SierraMovistar +5:21″
17.-Amber KraakJumbo Visma +6:08″
18.-Niamh Fisher BlackSD Worx +6:45″
19.-Eri YonamineHuman Powered Health +7:37″
20.-Anna KiesenhoferSoltec +8:12″
Elisa Balsamo at 200m. to go followed by Marta Bastianelli, Emma Norsgaard, Vittoria Guazzini, Letizi Borghesi, Tereza Neumanova, Julie Leth, Maria Giulia Confalonieri, Floortje Mackaij and Silvia Persico

5th and last stage Top 20

1.- Elisa BalsamoTrek Segafredo2:21:37″
2.-Lotte KopeckySD Worx
3.-Marta BastianelliUAE ADQ
4.-Megan JastrabDSM
5.-Sofia BertizzoloUAE ADQ
6.-Maria Giulia ConfalonieriCeratizit WNT
7.-Tereza NeumanovaLiv Xstra
8.-Alexandra ManlyBikeExchange Jayco
9.-Julie LethUno X
10.-Vittoria GuazziniFDJ Suez Futuroscope
11.-Silvia PersicoValcar Travel & Service
12.-Letizia BorghesiEF Tibco SVB
13.-Emma NorsgaardMovistar
14.-Josie NelsonCoop Hitec Products
15.-Elisa Longo BorghiniTrek Segafredo
16.-Anouska KosterJumbo Visma
17.-Sarah RoyCanyon SRAM
18.-Floortje MackaijDSM
19.-Kasia NiewiadomaCanyon SRAM
20.-Marie Le NetFDJ Suez Futuroscope

Before the race

Massi Tactic riders Maaike Colje, Andrea Ramírez and Nathalie Eklund
Lizzie Stannard at her wheeled home front door
Silvia Persico so happy after her victory the day before
From left Valerie Demy, Sabrina Stultiens, Quinty Ton, Thalita De Jong, Marta Jaskulska and Tereza Neumanova at the morning class.
From left Eukene Larrarte, Lucía González, Irene Méndez and Aileen Schweikart.
Daniela Campos and Catalina Soto.
Sophie Wright
Maaike Boogaard
Carolina Esteban and Susana Pérez
Anna Kiesenhofer
Elisa Balsamo’s bike
Eri Yonamine
Laura Tomasi and Sofia Bertizzolo.
Marta Bastianelli
From left Eukene Larrarte, Catalina Soto and Irene Méndez
Lucía González
Andrea Alzate
Yurani Blanco
Manuela Muresan
Floortje Mackaij
Amber Kraak & Linda Riedmann

Beth Duryea
Anouska Koster
From left Valerie Demey, Quinty Ton, Tereza Neumanova and Sabrina Stultiens.
From left Sophie Wright, Laura Tomasi and Maaike Boogaard
Mavi García
Vittoria Guazzini
Josie Nelson, Caroline Andersson and Ingvild Gaskjenn
From left Arlenis Sierra, Sara Martín, Annemiek Van Vleuten and Marit Raaijmakers
Annemiek Van Vleuten
Marta Bastianelli and Laura Tomasi
Mavi García & Sophie Wright
Maaike Boogaard
Amber Kraak
Anouska Koster & Linda Riedmann
Sofia Bertizzolo and Carlijn Achtereekte
Maria Giulia Confalonieri, Olivia Baril and Silvia Persico
Lizzie Stannard, Maria Giulia Confalonieri, Federica Piergiovanni, Chiara Consonni and Silvia Persico
Maria Giulia Confalonieri, Olivia Baril, Chiara Consonni, Silvia Persico and Federica Piergiovanni
Julie Leth asking for silence to her teammates Joss Lowden, Anne Dorthe Ysland, Amalie Lutro, Hannah Ludwig and Marte Berg Edseth
Demi Vollering, Anna shackley and Marlen Reusser
Anna Van Der Breggen
Sarah Roy & Kassia Niewiadoma
Elise Chabbey
Pauliena Rooijakkers and Mikayla Harvey
Amalie Dideriksen
Lea Curinier taking it easy
Andra Alzate
Idoia Eraso, Tania Calvo and Usoa Ostolaza
Nina Buijsman
Evy Kuijpers
From left Marte Berg Edseth, Julie Leth, Hannah Ludwig and Amalie Lutro
Kata Blanka Vas, Lotte Kopecky, Demi Vollering and Lizzie Stannard
Federica Piergiovanni, Niamh Fisher Balck, Olivia Baril, Lizzie Stannard and Kata Blanka Vas
Federica Piergiovanni and Silvia Persico
Arlenis Sierra
Sara Martín
Teniel Campbell
Alexandra Manly
Joss Lowden and Amalie Lutro
Olivia Baril
Lizzie Stannard
Julie Leth
Marit Raaijmakers and Anne Dorthe Ysland

The start

Anna Kiesenhofer, Silvia Persico, Ingvild Gaskjenn, Sandra Alonso, Lea Lin Teutenberg, Hanna Nilsson, Anna Shackley, Lucinda Brand, Maaike Boogaard, Miryam Núñez, Nina Buijsman, Marta Bastianelli, Susana Pérez, Aurela Nerlo, Omer Shapira, Inés Cantera, Laura Asencio, Laura Tomasi, Floortje Mackaij, Megan Jastrab and Lauren Stephens leading the bunch at the start in Cibeles square.


Maria Giulia Confalonieri, Sara Poidevin, Liane Lippert, Marta Lach, Daniela Campos, Manuela Muresan, Catalina Soto, Kata Blanka Vas, Caroline Andersson, Amalie Dideriksen, Marlen Reusser, Amber Kraak, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Evy Kuijpers, Linda Riedmann, Teniel Campbell, Sofia Bertizzolo and Eukene Larrarte in the middle of the bunch at the start of the race on Cibeles square.
Hannah Ludwig, Marie Le Net, Alexandra Manly, Barbara Malcotti, Chiara Consonni, Amalie Lutro, Evita Muzic, Marte Berg Edseth, Idoia Eraso, Ruby Roseman Gannon, Aude Biannic, Emma Norsgaard, Elise Chabbey, Valerie Demey, Ane Santesteban, Tania Calvo, Julie Leth, Sarah Roy, Yurani Blanco, Sandra Gutiérrez, Usoa Ostolaza, Thalita De Jong and Sabrina Stultiens closing the bunch at the start of the race on Cibeles square.

Second lap

Georgia Williams, Kata Blanka Vas, Emma Norsgaard and Brodie Chapman leading the bunch in Recoletos Walk
Veronika Ewers, Hannah Ludwig, Kata Blanka Vas, Linda Riedmann, Lizzie Stannard, Sara Poidevin and Maegan Jastrab in the first positions of the bunch passing by Recoletos Walk
Marlen Reusser, Georgia Williams, Floortje Mackaij, Gabby Traxler, Karolina Kumiega, Kata Blanka Vas, Marie Le Net, Thalita De Jong, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Liane Lippert, Lucinda Brand, Maria Giulia Confalonieri, Sofia Bertizzolo, Elisa Balsamo, Aude Biannic, Daniela Campos and Josie Nelson leading the bunch back to Recoletos walk.
Linda Riedmann, Emma Norsgaard, Sarah Roy, Federica Piergiovanni, Tania Calvo, Brodie Chapman, Maaike Boogaard, Karolina Kumiega, Sandra Gutiérrez, Lucía González and Carlijn Achtereekte going down Recoletos walk.
Laura Tomasi, Karolina Kumiega, Marta Bastianelli, Irene Méndez, Tereza Neumanova, Carlijn Achtereekte, Anouska Koster, Joss Lowden. Olivia Baril and Aurela Nerlo descending Recoletos walk.
Sabrina Stultiens, Carlijn Achtereekte, Aurela Nerlo, Andrea Martínez, Caroline Andersson and Nina Buysman in the last positions of the bunch passing by Recoletos walk.
Paulien Rooijakkers, Barbara Malcotti, Amalie Lutro, Eri Yonamine, Jess Roberts, Laura Asencio, Miryam Núñez, Amalie Dideriksen and Usoa Ostolaza going after the bunch in Recoletos walk
Andrea Alzate, Ane Iversen, Evita Muzic, Inés Cantera, Yurani Blanco, Carolina Esteban and Lauren Stephens closing the bunch in Recoletos walk.
Hannah Buch, Annemiek Van Vleuten, Evy Kuijpers and Anna Kiesenhofer at the end of the bunch, in a safe position on Recoletos walk.

Third lap

Sara Poidevin, Sandra Alonso and Nina Buysman starting the breakaway of the day
Nina Buysman in third position
Lucinda Brand, Andrea Ramírez, Hannah Ludwig, Barbara Malcotti, Marit Raaijmakers…

To be continued…

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