In what was a nail biting finale, Team Sunweb’s Coryn Rivera sprinted to 2nd place on the streets of Madrid, closing what has been a successful season on the WorldTour for the team in spectacular style.
The final round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour took place today in the streets of Madrid, just hours before Team Sunweb’s men’s program rides across the same parcours to finish their Vuelta a España campaign. With 15 laps of a 5.8 kilometre circuit to complete, Team Sunweb set out to make the day as tough as possible for the peloton.
Continuously on the attack, present in the breakaways and setting the tempo at the front of the peloton, Team Sunweb animated proceedings at the head of the race for it’s entirety. On the race’s last lap, a four-rider breakaway went clear of the peloton and Team Sunweb once again worked in the chase to bring them back. After a job well done, attention moved to the lead-out for Coryn Rivera. The team’s black and white jerseys were out in force at the front of the peloton and Coryn was able to open out her sprint in prime position. She sprinted to an impressive 2nd place, a great end to the WorldTour season for Team Sunweb’s women’s program. Last rider in the lead out, Leah Kirchmann continued her sprint to take 9th place.
Coryn said: ““We had a plan and we executed the plan, I think that is important. And everyone put in 110% effort and we can be happy with that. We owned the lead-out and it was super cool that pretty much everything went to plan. Of course I am a little disappointed to not pull off the win after all the team’s amazing work today, but it was a close finish. I am a different kind of sad since it is our last road race of the year together but that also gets me even more excited for 2018.”
“As expected it was a really fast, controlled race with a few attacks but none getting much of a lead,” said Team Sunweb coach Dirk Reuling. “I expected to see more attacks from other teams, but that worked in our favour and our legs were fresher for the final. The team were there in the important breakaway moves and made the race as hard as they could. The team’s full focus was always for Coryn’s sprint and with two laps to go we came together whilst Juliette controlled at the front not to let anything dangerous go away. We didn’t expect four riders to get away with 2 laps to go but we rode with other teams to bring them back in time for the sprint. The girls started the lead-out according to plan and we saw great corporation between them. With 300 metres to go riders came from behind and Coryn had to open her sprint just a little too early. The winner was on her wheel and took over in the last metres. We can be proud of how we rode as a team today, it was a strong effort from everyone.”