Road: Emma Johansson sprinted to an impressive victory in the Spanish race Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria. Runner-up was Kasia Niewiadoma from Rabo-Life. Third place took Elena Cecchini, Lotto Soudal Ladies, after a Sprint deal with Evelyn Stevens, Turid-Dolmans Cycling Team.
The 110 kilometre long line was tough and hilly. The pace was high from the start and remained so throughout the day. Orica-AIS cyclists remained far ahead all the time to control the race and give the best support to the team’s captain.
“I’m really happy! It felt good today and I’ve been waiting for this victory, it’s my first this season with water bottles, says Sportsqna.
“I’ve had a rough spring, as well as the whole team, but today we worked really hard. I think we made it quite clear last weekend that we are on the right track again, where we belong. The victory today shows that we have a strong enough team to perform well during the rest of the season.
“It was a really good victory today. It was pretty small field, but a very strong one. We knew it was going to be a tough race, but we got to start with a good plan and the team performed perfectly, “said Orica-AIS directeur sportif Gene Bates.
-In the first of the two last climbs, we had five of our six riders in the front group. Emma, Valentina Scandolara and Amanda Spratt went off in a downhill driving along with a couple other riders, which was a brilliant tactic. Towards the end, Emma was strong enough to attack the last pitch and was the strongest in the Sprint.
The area was also not new for Emma.
“It was here I I wrote at my first Pro contract for ten years ago. It feels really special to come back here and win this race. And I really appreciate how the girls backs me up: they run so hard and puts me in a position where i can make a good finish, “says Emma.
For Emma and Orica-AIS continues racing season in Spain tomorrow, Emakumeen Bira in stage Euskal race.
“I am really looking forward to start tomorrow. Many of my friends live here so it is a bit like coming home. You never know quite what to expect here, and there will be some pretty tough competition days, but as the team now feels so we are definitely very motivated, “says Emma.
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