The info with one day to go
September 13 th 2019 - 17:10
16 teams have arrived in Spain for the 5th edition of the Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta. Lisa Brennauer, Ruth Winder… Some of the World’s best time-trialists will ride the first ITT in the event history. Then it will be up to the former winner Jolien D’Hoore and the fastest women to shine in Madrid on Sunday.
A new format for the 5th edition
The Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta became a stage race last year and will innovate again in 2019 with a 9.3km individual time-trial set in Boadilla del Monte on Saturday evening. The first of the 96 contenders will start at 6PM CEST and the last one is set to arrive in front of the Palacio del Infante Don Luis shortly after 8PM. On Sunday, the riders will tackle the traditional circuit race around some of Madrid’s most iconic venues: 17 laps of a 5.8km circuit through Paseo del Prado, Paseo de la Castellana and a finish set on the famous Cibeles Square, where the prize ceremony will be held ahead of the final stage of La Vuelta 19.
Raw power for the ITT and the sprint
The penultimate event of the 2019 UCI Women’s WorldTour enjoys a strong line-up with the participation of the four best teams in this year’s rankings. Boels Dolams come with Christine Majerus, recent winner of the Boels Ladies Tour, and Jolien D’Hoore, twice winner of the Madrid Challenge on the Paseo de la Castellana. Mitchelton-Scott’s Gracie Elvin has the power to fight for victory, and so does Lucinda Brand as Team Sunweb are back one year after dominating the team time-trial in Boadilla del Monte. For this year’s ITT, look out for Trek’s Segafredo Ruth Winder, recent winner of the Lotto Belgium Tour ITT, and the U23 European Champion Letizia Paternoster. WNT Rotor line up both Lisa Breannauer, who won the ITT World Championships in 2015, and the powerful Kirsten Wild. Let’s not forget the powerhouses Valcar-Cylance, with Elisa Balsamo, and Cogeas-Mettler, with Olga Zabelinskaya. There will be five Spanish teams: Movistar Team, Bizkaia-Durango, Sopela Women’s Team, Eneicue and Massi-Tactic.
How to follow the race
Images from the Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta 19 will be broadcasted in 172 territories around the World, with the addition of the Chinese OTT service Zhibo.tv. A 13-minute highlights program will show the best moments from the individual time-trial, before a 3-hour live broadcast for Sunday’s Madrid stage from 14:30 to 17h30 CEST. All the race info (participation, route, live…) as well as the race highlights will also be available on social media: Twitter and Facebook.