Emakumeen Bira 2018 - Stage 3

Looking out at the wall-to-wall blue skies just a few of hours before the race, I looked at my weather app and back at the blue sky. Rain? Really? No, it must be wrong! It wasn’t… We’d been out and driven the stage in the morning. The course was super-hard, not just the climbs but the descents too! Add in the torrential rain and it was crazy.

I think I was kidding myself that the rain was going to ease off, but it got gradually worse for the first two hours. By the time I accepted it wasn’t going to get better anytime soon and put the waterproof covers on the cameras it was too late for one of them. The viewfinder was full of water, leaving me to shoot ‘blind’ with that one for the rest of the race. It’s been drying out under a desk lamp all night, hopefully it’s clear again for the final stage this afternoon. (Thanks, Amy for sprinting down the middle of the road at the finish. Made it much easier to get a photo using the wet camera! 🙂 )

 

Fans shelter from the rain before Emakumeen Bira 2018 – Stage 3

CANYON//SRAM Racing pose for a selfie

Amy Pieters (NED) through Oñati

The peloton speed back toward Aretxabaleta

The peloton get some shelter from the rain

Waiting in the rain

Amanda Spratt leads up the first major climb

Clara Koppenburg keeps on climbing

Omer Shapira battles through the rain

Lauren Stephens looks for the top of the climb

The climbing continues

Alena Amialiusik descends back toward Aretxabaleta

Pauliena Rooijakkers on the attack

Georgia Williams leads the escapees in pursuit of the lone leader

Pauliena Rooijakkers still solo as the rain eases

Georgia Williams in the break

Pauliena Rooijakkers continues solo

Pauliena Rooijakkers still alone on the final descent

5km to go for Pauliena Rooijakkers as the group close in

Amy Pieters wins the sprint

Amy Pieters celebrates with Boels Dolmans Soigneur, Maciej “Smiley” Kowalewski

Emilia Fahlin happy with her second place finish on Emakumeen Bira 2018 – Stage 3

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