“UAE Women Tour UCI WWT”: nella seconda tappa Wiebes batte Consonni

Pubblicato 9 Febbraio 2024 | Strada

Lorena Wiebes emerged triumphant once again in the second day of action – the MODON Stage – at the UAE Tour Women. The Team SD Worx rider went head-to-head with Chiara Consonni coming out on top in the battle with the UAE Team ADQ rider. Wiebes increased her advantage in the general classification, where Consonni stands now in 2nd place at 12″. Her team mate Lotte Kopecky has gained 4″ over the rest of the GC rivals thanks to the Intermediate Sprints bonifications. The World Champion sits now in 4th place, 17″ behind Wiebes, ahead of tomorrow’s uphill finish in Jebel Hafeet where the final 10 km could be decisive for the general classification of the UAE Tour Women 2024.

Speaking in the press conference, the stage winner and Red Jersey Lorena Wiebes said: “I started going up in the peloton a bit earlier than I’d like because I saw the road narrowing a bit. I also knew that everybody would try to go on the left side and I saw an EF rider crash and I hope she’s OK. It’s always hectic in such finales before the sprint but I tried to stay as safe as possible. I’m happy that I stayed safe and the girls gave me another great lead out. To take two victories in a row is a confidence booster to start the season. We are a lot of strong Dutch riders so it’s not a surprise that we already have a significant number of stage victories in the UAE Tour Women although it’s a fairly new race. Tomorrow I’ll try to support Lotte [Kopecky] as much as possible. We’ll go all out for her stage victory. My other goal is to win the last stage. If it happens, I’ll finish the Tour with the green jersey”.

The White Jersey Yanina Kuskova said: “Today’s stage wasn’t more difficult than yesterday’s. But I switched my focus to the general classification so I didn’t break away for the intermediate sprints because I know that tomorrow is the hardest stage of the UAE Tour. I hope I will also have good legs in the mountains to bring this best young rider jersey till the end. I would like to make the top 5 overall but if I end up in the top 10, it will make it a successful Tour for me”.

The Black Jersey Lotte Kopecky said: “I don’t think it would have been a different race hadn’t I punctured at the front in the echelons. We made the echelons at the very good moment. It was a very good group but the peloton was still big and chasing not far behind so I believe that even if I didn’t puncture, we would have stopped pulling just a few minutes later. I went for the intermediate sprints for the GC but I don’t how I’ll go tomorrow. If my shape is good enough, I wouldn’t like to lose the race for seconds I could have gained in the intermediate sprints so I went for it just in case. It was a really hectic sprint again today. Because there wasn’t any corner before the finish and a head wind, we had to time it very well. But at the end, we did a very good job again to lead Lorena Wiebes out”.

STATISTICS:
– Lorena Wiebes now holds the record for most stage wins (3), most leader’s jerseys (3), and most stage podiums (5) at the UAE Tour Women.
– Counting last year’s final stage, the Netherlands are on a streak of 3 wins, the first country with such a record in the UAE Tour Women’s history.
– Clara Copponi posted a top-3 result for the first time since the 26th of May last year, when she was 2nd in the first stage of RideLondon Classique.

ORDINE D’ARRIVO SECONDA TAPPA “UAE TOUR WOMEN UCI WWT” AL MIRFA BAB AL NOJOUM-MADINAT ZAYED (EMIRATI ARABI UNITI):
1) Wiebes Lorena (Team SD Worx-Protime) Km 113 in 2h28’08” alla media di 45,770 Km/h
2) Consonni Chiara (UAE Team ADQ)
3) Copponi Clara (Lidl-Trek)
4) Baker Georgia (Liv AlUla Jayco)
5) Fidanza Martina (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team)
6) Guazzini Vittoria (FDJ-SUEZ)
7) Confalonieri Maria Giulia (Uno-X Mobility)
8) Ahtosalo Anniina (Uno-X Mobility)
9) Verhulst-Wild Gladys (FDJ-SUEZ)
10) Pikulik Daria (Human Powered Health)

CLASSIFIA GENERALE “UAE TOUR WOMEN UCI WWT” DOPO LA SECONDA TAPPA:
1) Wiebes Lorena (Team SD Worx-Protime) in 5h26’57”
2) Consonni Chiara (UAE Team ADQ) a 12”
3) Barbieri Rachele (Team dsm-firmenich PostNL) a 16”
4) Kopecky Lotte (Team SD Worx-Protime) a 17”
5) Copponi Clara (Lidl-Trek) a 18”
6) Adegeest Loes (FDJ-SUEZ)
7) Pikulik Daria (Human Powered Health) a 19”
8) Kuskova Yanina (Tashkent City Women Professional Cycling Team)
9) Palazzi Alice (Top Girls-Fassa Bortolo)
10) Perkins Flora (Fenix-Deceuninck) a 21”

THE OFFICIAL JERSEYS:
– Red Jersey, leader of the General Classification, sponsored by Al Ain Water – Lorena Wiebes (Team SD Worx)
– Green Jersey, leader of the Points Classification, sponsored by Tadweer – Lorena Wiebes (Team SD Worx) – worn by Chiara Consonni (UAE Team ADQ)
– White Jersey, Best Young Rider, sponsored by Burjeel Holdings – Yanina Kuskova (Tashkent City Professional Cycling Team)
– Black Jersey, leader of the Intermediate Sprint Classification, sponsored by ALDAR – Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx). (Photo Credits: Sprint Cycling Agency, tratta da Comunicato Stampa)

Valerio Bianco – RCS Sport Cycling Press Office
Stefano Diciatteo – RCS Sport Press Office Coordinator

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