Setmana Ciclista Valenciana 2019 – Stage 4

The sunshine may have been missing from the start of stage four at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana but there were still plenty of smiles around the team parking this morning in Valencia. I can see why this race has quickly become an early season fixture on the calendar for some of the biggest teams in women’s cycling. Good weather, a chance for new team members to get used to racing over multiple days and much of the roads are mostly quite big with only a few more technical sections so it’s a good way of easing back into racing before the more frantic and challenging races to come.

Speaking of which Omloop het Nieuwsblad is next Saturday!

Two of the most eternally upbeat people you’ll meet at a race: CANYON//SRAM Racing soigneur, Alessandra Borchi and physio Lars Schiffner

 

Safety first!

 

Bigla Pro Cycling Team Manager, Thomas Campana shares a joke with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and Mikayla Harvey

 

CCC-Liv Team team talk

 

Posing for photos in the Movistar Women’s Team camp

 

The ever smiling Lourdes Oyarbide

 

Katie Hall in the bunch

 

Aafke Soet leads the line through fields of oranges

 

Coryn Rivera on the categorised climb of the day

 

It’s that way ->

 

Audrey Cordon-Ragot chases back

 

Soraya Paladin and Katie Hall on the final loop

 

Juliette Labous leads the bunch

 

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) comes back to the team car for a chat

 

Juliette Labous back on the front

 

Lotta Lepistö wins again

 

The orange leader’s jersey is Clara Koppenburg’s to keep

 

Lotta Lepistö gets a congratulatory pinch on the cheek from Anna Plichta

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