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Podiums for Eva and Andrea in Andorra
The COLNAGO Pro Cycling Team hoped for a good start also in the second
half of the World Cup season. Eva had won World Cup Nr. 1 in Alpstadt,
Germany and went to Vallnord, Andorra ranked 3rd in the UCI World Cup
rankings, whereas Andrea had won in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic and
had been 3rd in Val di Sole, Italy.
Nonetheless their cards were not the best. Eva was ill all week long, and
the Team did not absolve high altitude trainings, like most of the rider,
but decided for an active recovery phase before starting with preparations
for the second half of the season again. All this did not prevent both Eva
and Andrea to land on the 3rd place in their respective categories
(Women`s Elite and U23).
Altitude, heat and strong winds all played a factor in making the World
Cup competition in Andorra one of the hardest race of the season.
Edmund Telser, Team Manager, is very content with the unexpected
results himself: “Both athletes (Eva and Andrea) are coming from an
active recovery phase, and only started preparing for the second half of
the season. Andrea is really happy with a spot on the podium here. She
was riding with caution, and did not want to risk too much. In this altitude
once you push yourself too far, there is no way to recover anymore, and
you are done for the rest of the race. Eva on the other hand, had been
sick the entire week. She had been to the course only once, and tried to
save energy for the competition. I think she is mostly surprised herself
with this result today. She really did an outstanding race under these
conditions and was close to winning once more.”
Eva rode in the leading group from the beginning. The group was
composed of between four and six riders throughout the competition, and
included Maja Wloszczowska (POL), Katerina Nash (CZE), Jolanda Neff
(SUI), in lap 2 also joined by Sabine Spitz (GER) and Gun-Rita Dahle
Flesjaa (NOR). Neff and Wloszczowska were loosing ground in lap 3, but
Neff managed close the gap again a bit later. With one lap to go, there
were only Eva, Nash and Spitz up front, closely followed by Dahle Flesjaa.
Spitz took a close victory, and Nash and Eva crossed the finish line behind
her. Dahle Flesjaa finished in 4th position, all of them only 9 seconds
apart. Nathalie, on the other hand, who was still recovering from the
Eliminator competition, did a solid race, and ended up on 17th place.
In the U23 category World Cup leader Yana Belomoyna (UKR) took the
lead from the beginning and showed once more that she was the
strongest also in Andorra. The gap to Rebecca Henderson (AUS) was 22
seconds, and Andrea finished 38 seconds behind the winner.
Nathalie also competed in the Eliminator race and scored the 6th fastest
Qualifying time. Top 6 was also her final placement. She advanced until
the Semi Finals, where she met World Cup leader and World Champion,
Alexandra Engen from Sweden, and with whom she had managed earlier
to qualify for the Semi Finals, as well as Switzerland’s Jolanda Neff and
Germany’s Nadine Rieder. Going in last into turn one, she was able to
pass Rieder by taking a different line in the woods, but did not manage to
catch up with Neff and Engen anymore. With a solid Small Final