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September 14 th 2018 - 14:08

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The WNT Madrid Challenge kicks-off with an unprecedented team time trial in Boadilla del Monte. Jolien Dhoore and Coryn Rivera are among the favorites for this fourth edition.


A week ahead of the World Championship team time trial, the WNT Madrid Challenge will offer a proper rehearsal of this very specific challenge, demanding for the riders and much appreciated by cycling amateurs. The race will then head to the streets of Madrid for a stage more suitable to sprinters. The 19 teams participating in the penultimate UCI Women’s World Tour event of the season will ride the team time trial on Saturday, with the first team starting at 3:30 pm on a 12.6 km route around Boadilla del Monte, in the Community of Madrid. Mitchelton-Scott (Jolien Dhoore, Gracie Elvin, Sara Roy) and Team Sunweb (Lucinda Brand, Coryn Rivera, Ellen van Dijk) are the favourites.


Already winner of the WNT Madrid Challenge in 2016 and 2017, after a first edition dominated by the American Shelly Olds in 2015, Jolien Dhoore will try to make the most of this team time trial to establish herself as the race leader before the prestigious race circuit through Madrid, featuring the Paseo de la Castellana, Plaza de Colón, Gran Vía and Plaza de Cibeles. Among the participants, Coryn Rivera, Roxane Fournier (FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope), Marta Bastianelli (Alé Cipollini), Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance Pro Cycling) and Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High 5) have already climbed on the podium of the WNT Madrid Challenge ahead of the final stage of La Vuelta.


On Sunday, Chiara Consonni (Valcar PBM) and Annette Edmondson (Wiggle High 5) will ride in Madrid before their brother Simone and Alex, participating in La Vuelta with UAE Team Emirates and Mitchelton-Scott. Among the fast women, Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini) and Elisa Balsamo (Valcar PBM) are expected to shine. And Movistar Team will discover the WNT Madrid Challenge under the leadership of the French national champion Aude Biannic and the young Spanish talent Alicia Gonzalez. She represents with Sandra Alonso (Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias) and the sisters Usabiaga (Spanish Women’s Cycling Team) the local ambitions.

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